International Biobanking Education

International Biobanking Education

Die Med Uni Graz verfügt über eine der größten klinischen Biobanken Europas. Rund 20 Millionen biologische Proben und damit assoziierte Daten werden in der Biobank Graz gelagert und für Forschungszwecke zur Verfügung gestellt. Die langjährige Erfahrung und Expertise im multidisziplinären Bereich des Biobankings wird in verschiedenen Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten weitergegeben.

Angebot:

  • Biobanking-Kurse (2-tägiger Biobanking-Kurs zum Aufbau einer neuen Biobank sowie Biobanking-Kurse, um die Aktivitäten etablierter Biobanken voranzutreiben)
  • Kurs für Research Facilities "Team Management and Project Management Training"
  • Master-Fernstudiengang "MSc Biobanking"
  • Individuelle Schulungsmöglichkeiten sowie Führungen werden auf Anfrage angeboten

Unterrichtssprache:

Die Unterrichtssprache aller Weiterbildungen der Rubrik „International Biobanking Education“ ist Englisch. Deswegen sind die weiterführenden Informationen ausschließlich auf Englisch verfügbar.

Forscherin

How to build a biobank (Basic)

This interactive 2-day-course has been designed for all those who are involved in setting up a new biobank, who look to collaborate with a biobank or research institute, who face the challenges of a growing biobank or who try to overcome the challenges of maintaining a large biobank.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Bring your questions with you for discussion.

Overview

At a glance

  • Date: 16. - 17.09.2021
  • Language: English
  • Costs: 480 Euro (380 Euro Affiliates of Med Uni Graz)
  • Teaching Method: 65 % lecture and 35 % group work
  • Registration Deadline: 12.09.2021
  • Location: Medical Univesity of Graz

This course is set up to

  • Deliver the theoretical, operating and hands-on comprehensive knowledge essential to enable the activities of emerging and established biobanks.
  • Transfer best practices for biobank personnel, investigators, clinicians and interested personnel.
  • Encourage exchange of knowledge and skills across different biobanking activities from biospecimen preservation and storage to science and research.
  • Enhance research quality in and public awareness of biobanks.

Insights

  • Definitions and types of biobanking, what and how
  • Governance types and possibilities
  • Biobanking ethics, privacy, informed consent and data security
  • Design and services of a biobank
  • Cost calculation and funding
  • Quality management and process improvement
  • Sample collection and processing (Fluid and Tissue)
  • Sample storage and retrieval
  • Biobank data systems and records management
  • Guided tour Biobank Graz
Biobank

How to Operate a Biobank (Advanced)

This course has been designed for all those who have already set up a biobank and want to operate a biobank sustainably successful. On the basis of lectures and various practical examples, the participants learn how a quality management system in a biobank can be implemented or adapted and quality control and assurance can be improved. A further course content is sample workflow advancement in a biobank through automation. Nowadays it is very important for the sustainability of biobanks to offer a modern portfolio of services. Therefore the students will gain insight into designing of a meaningful collection strategy and the implementation of additional services of a biobank. The indispensable topics data management and IT systems for biobanks will be taught through practical examples, such as the development of URDs (user requirement documents) for biobanking software. For the sustainability of a modern biobank it is essential to know how a business plan can be developed.This course will also focus on the most important tools which should be included in a business plan.

Overview

At a glance: 5 day course

  • Date: 20. - 24.09.2021
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 1
  • Costs: 950 Euro (700 Euro Euro Affiliates of Med Uni Graz)
  • Teaching Method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Registration Deadline: 12.09.2021
  • Location: Medical Univesity of Graz

At a glance: Individual Days

  • Day 1: 20.09.2021
  • Day 2: 21.09.2021
  • Day 3: 22.09.2021
  • Day 4: 23.09.2021
  • Day 5: 24.09.2021
  • Language: English
  • Costs per Day: 260 Euro (160 Euro Affiliates of Med Uni Graz)
  • Teaching Method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Registration Deadline: 12.09.2021
  • Location: Medical Univesity of Graz

This course is set up to

  • Deliver theoretical, operating and practical comprehensive knowledge to enable the activities of current and emerging biobanks
  • Transfer best practice principles on this topic for biobank personnel, investigators, clinicians and interested personal
  • Encourage exchange of knowledge and skills across on the topic via group works and discussions

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore, bring questions with you for discussion!

Days

Day 1: Quality Management, Control and Assurance

This one-day-course has been designed for all those who are implementing or adapting a quality management system in a biobank or want to improve their quality control and quality assurance processes. Participants will gain insight into different processes of quality measures in a biobank. Another objective is to give an overview of different standards and definitions of quality, with particular focus on the implementation of CEN/TS standards in a modern biobank.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore, bring questions with you for discussion!

 

Insights:

  • Quality management in biobanking
  • Quality assurance and quality control in biobanking
  • Standards and definitions of quality
  • Implementation of CEN standards in a modern biobank

Day 2: Sample Workflow and Automation

This one-day-course has been designed for all those who are implementing or adapting the sample workflow of a biobank or want to advance the sample workflow through automation. Participants will gain insight into the numerous processes of a sample workflow. Objective is to give an overview of collection & storage of biological samples in a modern biobank workflow, with particular focus on handling and processing (automation/safety/documentation). Furthermore, the students will be provided with skills that will help dealing with different storage systems and retrieval of biological samples including documentation and monitoring.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore, bring questions with you for discussion!

 

Insights:

  • Collection of biological samples in a modern biobank workflow
  • Handling and processing of biological samples (automation/safety/documentation)
  • Storage and retrieval of biological samples (documentation and monitoring)

Day 3: Design and Services of a Biobank

This one-day-course has been designed for all those who want to modernize the design and the services of a biobank. Participants will gain insight into designing of a meaningful collection strategy, project design, monitoring and management of different types of projects and how to design a cohort study. Moreover, this module will focus on defining and highlighting unique selling propositions (USPs) of biobanks, as well as the implementation of additional services.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions. So it is guaranteed to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore bring questions with you for discussion!

 

Insights:

  • Designing of a meaningful collection strategy – Dos and Don’ts
  • Project design, monitoring and management of research/collaborative projects
  • Cohort design
  • Designing of concepts of analytical approaches/ methodology holistic approach: sample/data/analysis)
  • Defining and highlighting unique selling propositions (USPs) of biobanks
  • Guided tour Biobank Graz

Day 4: Data Management and IT

This one-day-course has been designed for all those who are implementing or adapting a data management and IT system in a biobank. Participants will gain insight into functionalities of databases in general and specifically in the field of biobanking. Further objective is the introduction into the topic IT development and operation in general as well as in the field of biobanking. This module will also focus on the development of URDs for biobanking programmes so that they are operational for IT experts.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore, bring questions with you for discussion!

 

Insights:

  • Functionalities of databases in general & in the field of biobanking
  • IT development and operation in general & specifically for biobanks
  • Development of URDs in general & on example of project management software of Biobank Graz

Day 5: Business Plan for a Biobank/Cost Calculation

This one-day-course has been designed for all those who seek to develop a business plan and/or implement a cost calculation scheme for a biobank. Participants will gain insight into the basics of setting up a business plan: the structure of a business plan and the challenges in establishing a business plan specifically for a biobank. This module will specifically focus on the most important tools which should be included in a business plan. Furthermore, the complex requirements for cost recovery models for biobanks will be discussed and a concept of a calculation grid for biobanks will be introduced on the example of Biobank Graz.

The format of this course is a mixture of presentations and group works with discussion sessions allowing participants to learn from the expert advice and the specific experience of their peers. Therefore, bring questions with you for discussion!

 

Insights:

  • Development of a business plan
  • Tools for organisation & management of a biobank (e.g. SWOT analysis, marketing plan, stakeholder analysis…)
  • Cost accounting in general and in biobanks
  • Sustainability in general and for biobanks

International Biobanking and Education is also partner in different European projects. The idea for this course and the course development has been developed within the two EU-HORIZON 2020 projects CY-Biobank and ARICE.

Team Forscher*innen

Managing Multidisciplinary Teams and Scientific Projects in Biobanks

This course has been designed for those who work in biobanks and biobanking-associated research facilities. It is compiled to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills concerning team management and scientific project management, specifically adapted to the diverse and multidisciplinary challenges prevailing in biobanks.

Day 1 “Introduction” is the basis for each further day, explaining the terms management, project management and leadership. The other days provide in-depth knowledge about project management, team management and communication in a scientific and medical environment, as well as research-associated skills often required in biobanks, like presentation techniques and scientific writing.

This course includes a mixture of lectures, group works and discussion sessions. Participants will benefit from the knowledge and experience, both from the experts and their peers.

Overview

At a glance: 5 day course

  • Date: 22.-26. November 2021
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 1
  • Costs: 1150 Euro (including scripts, coffee break)
  • Costs of individual days:
  • Introduction day and one additional day: 480 Euro
  • Each further day: 280 Euro
  • Teaching method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Registration Deadline: 12.11.2021
  • Location: Medical University of Graz

At a glance: Individual Days

This is a 5-day-course whereby individual days can also be booked in combination with the introduction day (day 1).

  • Day 1: 22.11.2021
  • Day 2: 23.11.2021
  • Day 3: 24.11.2021
  • Day 4: 25.11.2021
  • Day 5: 26.11.2021
  • Language: English
  • Costs of individual modules:
  • Introduction day (day 1) and one additional day: 480 Euro
  • Each further day: 280 Euro
  • Teaching method: 60 % lecture and 40 % group work
  • Registration Deadline: 12.11.2021
  • Location: Medical University of Graz

This course is set up to

  • Successfully form (lead) a multidisciplinary team in biobanks and biobanking-related scientific facilities
  • Transfer knowledge and best practices on the individual topics, regarding both, general biobanking staff and personnel with scientific tasks
  • Encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills on the topics via group work and discussion, specifically addressing the individual needs of the participants

 

This is a 5-day-course, although individual days can be booked in combination with the introduction day.

Days

Day 1: Introduction

Insights:

  • What is management
  • What is a project
  • What is project management
  • What is leadership (responsibilities)
  • What is a team, why is it important to act as a team
  • Team building activities and events
  • Motivating your team

Day 2: Project Management

Insights:

Research Proposals

  • What are your possibilities (what can you provide, what kind of collaboration do you need)
  • How to write a proposal
  • How to calculate a project
  • Legal and ethical limitations

 

How to Manage a Project

  • Project management tools (software etc.)
  • Milestones and deliverables
  • Responsibilities
  • Reporting (EU-projects and others)

Day 3: Team Management

Insights:

Training

  • Behavior in the lab/safety/hygiene
  • Training plans for new staff
  • Training plans for regular (annual training, legal guidelines, university, ...)

 

Responsibilities

  • Who is responsible for which instrument/storage facility/process
  • Are deputies defined and well trained
  • How to define responsibilities, how to delegate and how to oversee

 

Personnel Resources

  • Enough personnel (how to calculate, …)
  • Appointments corresponding to the education and skills
  • Continuing training and retraining (to improve skills and develop your personnel)

 

Knowledge Management

  • Competence matrix
    • A tool used to fulfill ISO 9001:2015 requirements
    • Can be used to oversee the key positions in the team and ensure sufficient competent/trained personnel and quickly respond to personnel changes
  • Strategies for knowledge management
  • Communication and documentation (to ensure that information is not limited to single employees (find the right amount of communication and information)

 

Day 4: Communication

Insights:

Media

  • Communication with media (written, interviews: telephone and video)
  • How to prepare
  • Upfront communication

 

Internal Communication

  • Can be defined in the QMS
  • Regular JF to inform the entire team
  • Adapted meeting structure to your specific needs (find the right dosage of meetings and information that needs to be exchanged)

 

External Communication (ethical and legal knowledge, trust-building, FAQs)

  • Defined communication with cooperation partners
  • Defined responsibilities
  • Patients and donors
  • Interested parties (how to handle requests, which information to provide)
  • Communication with stakeholders

 

Communication Standards

  • Leadership: how to communicate tasks
  • Define values/standards for internal and external communication
  • Communication tools and skills (which information and how)
  • Problems and mistakes

Day 5: Research-Associated Skills

Insights:

Literature Research

  • Reference management and knowledge organization: Citavi, Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, RefWorks, etc.
  • Data bases (PubMed,..)

 

Scientific Writing

  • Structure
  • Citation rules
  • What to consider (layout, rules for submission, …)

 

Presentation Techniques

  • Posters
  • Oral presentations
  • Regular training in presentation techniques
    • Master/PhD students can present the progress of their work in regular meetings with their supervisor or their project partners to practice oral presentation in English
    • Preparing research progresses and results for presentations

 

Documentation

  • How to structure large quantities of documents
  • Traceability of documents
  • Availability
  • Data security and access
Biobank

Individual Training & Support

Our team offers individual training and support in biobank development and biobanking. The expert know-how ranges from setting up/maintaining and expanding (international) biobanks to providing professional and educational support regarding

  • (International) collaboration possibilities
  • Management, quality management and communication
  • Sample workflow and automation
  • Business plan development
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Technical requirements and IT
  • Sustainability and budgeting
  • Epidemology
  • Strategic (development) approaches and research

If you are planning to set up, improve or expand a biobank or seek to aquire expert know-how in the fields mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will elaborate an individual development support plan.

Biobank

Master of Science: Biobanking

The extensive international growth of biobanks requires the training of experts. The university course provides the knowledge required for the establishment, equipment, management and practical implementation of biobanks.

Further information

Projects

CY-Biobank

The CY-Biobank project will enable the concentration of a critical mass of experts at the CoE who will be thrilled to establishing collaborations and offering technology infrastructure and know-how to young investigators and medical doctors who are interested in pursuing innovative research projects.  Center of Excellence biobank.cy aspires to serve as an incubator of creative ideas for research based on valid and sound scientific hypotheses. At the CoE you will find postdoctoral fellows and graduate students working side by side with UCY faculty, medical doctors and other experienced researchers, pursuing projects of translational medicine, always aimed at serving the patient.

More information: https://biobank.cy

ARICE

This project aims at significantly strengthening the scientific and technological capacity of the linked institutions with a principal focus on the Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Armenia. The aim would be to enhance the YSMU research capacity in the field of infrastructure development for clinical genetic research, in particular targeting the collection and use of biological material, and the data integration for downstream analyses in relation to chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cancer. This will be achieved by networking the excellence from three leading research-intensive expert centres: the Medical University of Graz (Med Uni Graz), Austria; the Charles University (CU), Czech Republic; and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization (IARC/WHO).

More information: https://www.arice.am

TedXMeduniGraz

TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TEDx (x = independently organized event)

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people togehter to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are brande TEDx, where x = independently organized TED events. The TED Confercnce provides general guidance for the TEDx program, bud indicvidual TEDx events ar self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

More information: www.tedxmedunigraz.com

Kontakt

International Biobanking and Education 
Elisabethstraße 38 /Erdgeschoss, 8010 Graz
T: +43 316 385 72730

Team

Mitarbeiter*innen