Interview with Dr. Robert Hewitt, Biosample Hub

The pharmaceutical industry has the infrastructural and financial resources to bring novel drugs and vaccines into the clinic. It would greatly help expedite their timeline if they had access to biobanks at academic institutes, in order to better understand...

Innate Immunity in ALS: A Biobank to Provide Answers

ALS – Pathology, Morbidity, Mortality Stats Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is adebilitating condition that affects voluntary muscle movements such as walking, talking and breathing. The disease destroys nerve cells in the brain and the...

Colorectal Cancer: A Biobank of Patient-derived Xenografts

According to GLOBOCAN 2018 data, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most deadly and fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. There were nearly 2 million new cases and about 1 million deaths in 2018. The incidence of...

Infrastructure Needed for Biobanking the World’s Microbiomes

A team of scientists, led by CABI’s Dr Matthew Ryan, have outlined a series of challenges and opportunities presented in a necessary review of how microbiomes – biological communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protists and viruses – can...

Water On The Brain: A Biobank Of Failed Shunt Devices

Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as water on the brain, is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates within the brain. Hydrocephalus that occurs in childhood has a frequency of about 1 person in 1100 within the USA. The...

Safety for Biobanks: Strategies for Safe COVID-19 Specimens Handling

Sponsored content by The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost every country around the world. In less than 4 months, this new disease has affected more than 1,800,000 people and caused almost 120,000 deaths. There are no effective treatments or...

Technology in Precision Medicine

The field of medicine is ever evolving, with new techniques and treatments being developed for a range of conditions across the spectrum. The way we understand medicine, fields such as diagnostics and treatments, is also changing. Instead of a ‘one...

Perspective On Cancer Biomarker Biobanks

Liquid biopsy is an area of immense opportunity for the early detection and screening of cancer. Suitable fluids include stool, blood, sputum, urine, and others. This is aided by emerging technology which can allow the measurement of...

A Biobank Cost Model: Shanghai Birth Cohort Study

The infrastructure required for biobanking is costly and often depends on government funds to some extent. Resources for establishing cost are available, such as the biospecimen user fee calculator tool developed by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network...
ISBER Best Practices Recommendations for Biobanks

ISBER Best Practices Recommendations for Biobanks and Biorepositories

Does Your Biorepository Follow ISBER Best Practices Recommendations? Biorepositories provide essential support to biomedical researchers by collecting, processing, storing and distributing millions of biospecimens every year. Biorepository staff must navigate complex international regulatory rules governing the use of biospecimens and...

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