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Medizinische Universität Graz

HOW TO BUILD A BIOBANK – LEARNING BY DOING
REPORT ON THE LAST THREE YEARS

Since 2015 Biobank Graz organizes the Biobanking Course – “How to build a biobank”. This interactive three days course is held annually and has generated great interest in the biobanking community every year with:

  • 20 participants from 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Iran, Russia) in the year 2015,
  • 19 participants from 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Iran, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland) in the year 2016,
  • 20 participants from 8 countries (Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Germany, Indonesia, Portugal, Switzerland) in the year 2017 and
  • 20 participants from 9 countries (Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia) in the year 2018. 

The course is set up for professionals who plan to build up a new biobank, improve an existing biobank or collaborate closely with biobanks. The main issues are sample collection, processing, storage and retrieval, quality management, cost calculation and business planning,; biobank IT systems for proper data management, ethics, services of a biobank, governance and networking.

The format of the training is a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions allowing participants to interact and benefit from biobanking expertise provided by the lecturers. Theoretical, operating and hands-on comprehensive knowledge are delivered through this course to address the different aspects of biobanking.

The consistent positive feedback from our participants encourages us to maintain this annual basic biobanking course and to also develop further biobanking courses.

To gain insight into educational opportunities at Biobank Graz, please have a look at the detailed course descriptions.

 

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