Biobanking as a Newsletter – Aug 2020

Here is your monthly curated pick of biobanking news, jobs, and events from across the globe. We hope you will find this enriching and useful. Please do let us know your feedback on how we can improve this newsletter. Unfortunately, this pandemic has caused havoc across the globe. Pune, the city we live in, is […]

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launches RESPONSE study for Novel SARS-CoV-2

NIH’s ‘National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’ launched the REDS-IV-P program. This program is conducting the RESPONSE study (REDS-IV-P Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Preparedness of the Novel SARS-CoV-2 Epidemic) which aims to: Establish the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 RNAemia in blood donations from Bloodworks Northwest (BWNW), New York Blood Center (NYBC), Vitalant San Francisco Bay Area, and […]

University of Western Australia adopts OpenSpecimen

The University of Western Australia (UWA) adopts OpenSpecimen as its Biobanking LIMS. Implemented as part of The Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) the WA Biobank will use OpenSpecimen to create, for the first time, a statewide virtual biobank. OpenSpecimen will be a central biospecimen resource that will be utilized by multiple biobanks across the Western Australia state. UWA will be […]

Need for sustainable biobanking networks for COVID-19 and other diseases of epidemic potential

Outbreaks of infectious diseases are occurring with increasing frequency and unpredictability. The rapid development and deployment of diagnostics that can accurately and quickly identify pathogens as part of epidemic preparedness is needed now for the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO has developed a global research and innovation forum to facilitate, accelerate, and deepen research collaboration among countries […]

VCU is building a biobank to fight COVID-19

While VCU Health doctors and nurses focus on saving lives and finding treatment options, other Virginia Commonwealth University researchers behind the scenes are setting the stage for long-term investigations into the novel coronavirus. Somaya Albhaisi, M.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine, has created a COVID-19 registry, and she […]

Do Biobanks Need New Strategies?

For precision medicine to realize its potential, research must become ultraefficient. We have the computing power today to quickly discover new disease biomarkers and insights, but we still need enormous volumes of patient population data to analyze. And we need that new data faster. The most important portion of this data comes directly from human […]

Unexpected associations found between drug response and cell changes in brain cancer

Therapies for treating glioblastoma brain cancer can be delivered with greater precision and existing drugs can be used in new ways. These are the conclusions from a study from Uppsala University investigating a large number of cell samples from patients with brain tumours. The researchers have characterised how changes in glioblastoma cells influence the effect […]

University of Southern California adopts OpenSpecimen as its Biobanking LIMS

The University of Southern California (USC) adopts OpenSpecimen to manage its biospecimen data. Founded in the year 1880, USC is a private research institute in Los Angeles, California.  The Keck Hospital of USC will be using OpenSpecimen to manage its biospecimens across multiple groups and studies. Krishagni will be doing the following as part of this contract: […]