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Managing Longitudinal Collections In OpenSpecimen

Managing biospecimen data for longitudinal studies or clinical trials can be challenging. Clinical studies often go on for months or years, and involves complex workflows like kit preparations, tracking upcoming visits, multi-site collections, shipments, and so forth. To manage these types of collections, OpenSpecimen offers a customizable platform to plan, manage and track biospecimens in a […]

The BBMRI-NL Series on Sustainable Biobanking

The long-term sustainability of biobanks has been a major concern.  “Sustainability is [a biobank’s] capacity to remain operative, effective, and competitive over its expected lifetime.”   OECD Global Science Forum 2017 BBMRI-NL has made a Series on Sustainable Biobanking, combining current knowledge from literature, workshops, and focus groups. The Series contains an infographic with nine recommendations […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter – November 19

Have you seen the David Letterman’s interview of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Netflix? If not, it is worth watching to get a sneak peek into India and the life of a Bollywood star. While I never liked his movies, I always found his life story to be inspiring. If you happen to watch […]

Improving interoperability and quality of data using OpenSpecimen

Following is a poster presented by the Victorian Cancer Biobank team on using OpenSpecimen for ‘Improving interoperability and quality of data’ at the ABNA 2019 conference. VCB has collected more than 600,000 biospecimens from a broad range of tumours, and approximately 423,000 biospecimens are currently in our inventory. OpenSpecimen was implemented as the biobank information […]

University of Pennsylvania Switch from caTissue to OpenSpecimen

The Tumor Tissue and Biospecimen Bank (TTAB) at the University of Pennsylvania (Upenn) collects and stores biospecimens for lung cancer, breast cancer, hematologic malignancies, head and neck cancer, GU cancers, and melanomas. TTAB was established as a partnership between the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with a vision […]

Johns Hopkins OpenSpecimen Adoption Over the Years

Current Adoption Status 67 collection protocols used OpenSpecimen Published 67 peer-reviewed articles Supported 20 grants Manages 391,720 specimens for 38,813 study participants 110,969 specimens are sent to the PMAP Precision Medicine platform 40+ active users *Reference: 2019 OpenSpecimen JHU Annual Report The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine adopted OpenSpecimen in 2016 as a scalable […]

Oxford Biobank replaces legacy database with OpenSpecimen

The Oxford Biobank is a population-based biorepository. They currently hold over 400,000 biological samples collected across 20+ studies. Their collection includes biospecimens and data from more than 8,000 healthy 30-50 years old Oxfordshire residents. All participants undergo a detailed examination at a screening visit, donate DNA and give informed consent to be re-approached. Therefore, the […]

New feature in v6.2 – Custom Form Enhancements

From v6.2 below enhancements are made to simplify the forms UI and make it user-friendly.   Ability to search forms by additional filters:  Earlier the forms were searchable only by name. It was difficult to find out which CP or level the forms were attached to. From v6.2, two new search filters are added: Collection Protocol […]