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Certificate – Principles of Biobanking

3 week(s)
  • 3 consecutive weeks of intensive seminars
  • An overall 90 hours of teaching

Objectives

Biospecimens have become a strategic tool for healthcare and medical research, research and conservation in biodiversity, animal, plant and microbial biology as well as in translational research and systems biology through all types of –omics applications. Optimal management of biospecimens and bioresources through biobanking for future research and conservation has now become a new discipline.

Aims:
  • To provide the theoretical, operational and practical knowledge required to facilitate the activities of existing biobanks and assist the creation of new ones.
  • To encourage bilateral exchange of knowledge and skills across different thematic biobanking groups involved in biospecimen conservation, storage, science and research.

Content

You will learn how to:
1. Understand in depth and produce an oral synthesis of the common principles of practical biobanking.
2. Put different types of biobanks in context and draw conclusions regarding the theoretical basis of their operations.
3. Apply the scientific basis of biobanking/biospecimen research in Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and their implementation in the exploitation of samples for research and conservation.
4. Question the logistical, practical and technical steps of biobanking, and evaluate their coherence and adequation.
5. Compare different reports and processes on biobank risk management and mitigation.
6. Develop Best Practices/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
7. Validate biobank protocols, training and technology transfers.
8. Analyze adequation to biobank Quality Management Systems (QMS) and the principles of certification, quality assurance and 3rd party ISO accreditation.
9. Master the regulatory, legal and ethical aspects of biobanking.
10. Produce biobank cost analysis and recovery reports.

Target group

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Good knowledge of English.
  • Having a vested interest in biobanking

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