Second ISBER Biospecimen Research Symposium: Focus on Quality and Standards

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) will be hosting its second Biospecimen Research (BSR) Symposium today and tomorrow in Berlin, following the success of the first edition of the event held in Luxembourg in 2018.

The BSR Symposium in Berlin is ISBER‘s European regional meeting of 2019. It will consist of three plenary sessions, covering all major types of specimens (human fluid, human tissue, and environmental) under the topic “Focus on Quality and Standards”. Namely, the sessions will concentrate on in-vivo pre-analytics factors, ex-vivo pre-analytics factors and the microbiome, addressing the most innovative topics in the area today. Throughout the symposium, international biospecimen research experts will present and discuss recent findings and developments in the field. This symposium is a great opportunity for delegates to network and discuss a subject that no other conference in the world covers.

IBBL will be represented by Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Fay Betsou, who will also be chairing a workshop/debate session dedicated to the CEN & ISO Standards on Liquid Biopsies that are being developed under the EU-funded project SPIDIA4P (Standardisation of generic Pre-analytical Procedures for In vitro DIAgnostics for Personalised Medicine). In parallel, Dr. William Mathieson, Dr. Olga Kofanova and Lorieza Castillo will be presenting three posters on some of their research work, namely ‘Formalin Fixation in the Clinical Setting: to what Extent do Delays to Processing Impact DNA and RNA Quality in Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Biospecimens?’, ‘Validation of processing methods for an extraordinary specimen type: FFPE bone’ and ‘Method Validation for Extraction of DNA from Human Stool Samples for Downstream Microbiome Analysis’, respectively. Moreover, IBBL will have a booth entirely dedicated to its Proficiency Testing (PT) programme.

The BSR Symposium is co-organised by the German Biobank Node (GBN), a member of the pan-European biobank infrastructure BBMRI-ERIC.