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Track Biobank Projects Using “Project Tracker” Module

Biobanks help researchers to achieve reproducibility by providing high-quality standardized biospecimens. Accredited and certified biobanks follow best practice guidelines for specimen handling. Biobanks provide many services to researchers like specimen collection, processing, storage, and distribution. The synergy between researchers and biobank is the keys to successful translational research (1). While most biobanks use some kind […]

OpenSpecimen Helps Streamlining Biobanking at Washington University

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is a leading research institution located in the vibrant biotech community of St. Louis, Missouri. WUSM consistently ranks in the top 10 American medical schools for research and receives significant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The school’s research spans a wide range of diseases including cancer, […]

Consent management for Biobanks

The enthusiasm surrounding biobanking and clinical research has gone through an upsurge in the past decade. Governments and industries have been heavily investing in these studies and, undoubtedly, the medical and scientific benefits have been enormous. But even with such scale of infrastructure, the industry lacks a consensus on the subject of ‘Informed consent’ (1,2). […]

Newsletter – April 2019

Hope you are enjoying the weather in your part of the world. Unfortunately, it’s gotten very hot in Pune and will only get worse in the next few days! However, a lot of exciting things are happening in the OpenSpecimen world! Here is a quick overview. v6.0 released Two very interesting features are introduced in […]

OpenSpecimen’s SpecimenCatalog Helps Researchers Find Biospecimens of Interest

As funding bodies push for translational research, more researchers need access to biospecimens and de-identified clinical data. However, it can be difficult for researchers to find which biobanks store the specimens they need since data is not easily accessible. On the other hand, biobanks have a bigger problem – improving their specimen utilization rate. More than two-thirds […]

OpenSpecimen Helps SAHMRI (Adelaide) Manage Large Sample Inventory

Background The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) translates research into health solutions for the community. SAHMRI is an integrated facility in the heart of Adelaide with research labs and a Wellbeing and Resilience Centre in the same building, right next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The independent institute focuses on Aboriginal health, […]

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OpenSpecimen v6.0 Release

OpenSpecimen 6.0 is now available for download. Like every new release, it contains new features, bug fixes, and improvements. New features Google-like Keyword search Quickly search for any label, title, name of objects via a single edit box. E.g. box name, sample label, barcode, shipment name, protocol title, etc. Freezer Defragmentation Report Freezers have to be consolidated once in a while. […]

Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation adopts OpenSpecimen

The Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation (MSMF) is part of Narayana Health, India’s second largest healthcare provider. MSMF’s mission is to discover new tools to better detect and treat cancer and other diseases. To achieve this goal, they have built a state-of-the-art hospital, the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, with integrated research facilities, the Mazumdar Shaw Center […]

OpenSpecimen Workshops in Australia (Oct 2018)

We are conducting three one-day workshops across Australia on “OpenSpecimen – A Comprehensive Biobanking Informatics Platform” (www.openspecimen.org). Please email contact@krishagni.com if you are interested in attending any of them. The details are as follows: Melbourne (Oct 17th): Registration link Adelaide (Oct 23rd): Hosted by South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Sydney (Oct 24th): Hosted by University of New […]