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Dr Leah Cannon, PhD

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Leah is a scientific writer and startup marketer with over 10 years clinical and research experience as a veterinarian and molecular biologist. She is also author of ‘How to Start a Life Science Company’ available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Biobanking and colorectal cancer tissues

Biobanking Science: Biobanking Samples for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, affecting 1.8 million new patients and causing 862,000 deaths every year (1). Studies show that eating processed or red meat and drinking alcohol may increase the risk for colorectal cancer (2)....
CSF Biomarkers may help diagnose patients with neurological diseases

Biobanking Science: CSF Biomarkers for Neurological Diseases

Biobanks can help in the search for biomarkers to diagnose brain diseases. Neurological diseases can be difficult to diagnose as they may have overlapping symptoms. Furthermore, there are currently no diagnostic tests for diseases such as Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Biobanking Science: CRISPR Gene Editing to Treat Human Disease

This year has seen a flurry of good news about CRISPR gene editing clinical trials in human patients. CRISPR-Cas 9 is a gene editing tool capable of providing specific changes to genes in a wide range of animal models....
Bioresource center Ghent is in Ghent, Belgium

Bioresource Center Ghent

The Bioresource center Ghent – the central biobank of Ghent University Hospital - is an open service center facilitating translational biomedical research. It offers various services, including: advice on biobanking, international quality standards and biobanking protocols advice on project...
IARC Biobank and Cohort Building Network

IARC Biobank

Note: The source of some of the information in this article is the IARC Biobank. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and works with international collaborators in many...

Biobanking Science: Can Antivirals Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 25 million people worldwide and costing more than US$400 billion a year (1). The number of Alzheimer’s patients is predicted to rise to over 60 million...

Biobanking Science: Storing Cells at Room Temperature

Cryopreservation is the gold standard method to store biospecimens in biobanking organizations. Cryopreservation usually involves flash freezing samples and storing them at ultra-low temperatures (-160°C to -190°C) to prevent chemical degradation. If biobanking scientists follow strict freezing...

Ukraine Association of Biobank

The Ukraine Association of Biobank co-ordinates a network of private, academic biobanks across the Ukraine. The Ukraine Association of Biobank ensures that all member biobanks follow standardized collection and storage procedures that abide by international guidelines including...
Intermittent dieting can help reverse obesity.

Biobanking Science: Treating Obesity With Intermittent Fasting

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Over 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are now overweight or obese (1). These people are more likely to suffer from chronic life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer (1)....

Biobank Graz

Biobank Graz is one of the biggest biobanks in the world with millions of tissue, blood and DNA samples. Biobank Graz is located at the Medical University of Graz in Austria and stores 20 million samples from around 1.2...

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