This case study describes the adoption of OpenSpecimen at one of the biggest biobanks in gastroenterology (GI) cancer in an academic center in Pittsburgh. Prior to OpenSpecimen, they used an in-house system to store clinical and specimen data. However, it had several shortcomings which were severely impeding their ability to find specimens of research interest. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Following is a poster on the implementation and usage of OpenSpecimen at the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). David Mulvihill, Director of Informatics for Siteman Cancer Center, presented this poster at the ISBER 2019 Conference (Minneapolis). WUSM has been using OpenSpecimen for 10+ years as the “Enterprise” biospecimen management platform. Within WUSM, OpenSpecimen is […]
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has adopted OpenSpecimen as a scalable solution for biospecimen information management. Key features possible in OpenSpecimen that led to its adoption include: Annotation of research and clinical data Interfaces with clinical and research systems Query capability Open Source with strong user community Security Specimen and Derivative Tracking 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 […]
The “PRECISE network” at King’s College London adopts OpenSpecimen to manage biospecimens collected from pregnant women and children. The project aims to establish a cohort of pregnant women across Africa to support research into placental disorders.
National Eye Institute (NIH, USA) adopts OpenSpecimen and we look forward to working with them in the coming days. Surely they have a good “eye” in selecting the right biobank software! The NEI Biobank is creating a mark in “vision research” by building a biorepository of eye tissues.
The Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) is a research and training institution in Nigeria committed to carrying out research, genomics and epidemiological studies on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and nutrition. Furthermore, the Training Division of CBR provides international-standard bioethics training in collaboration with leading universities in Nigeria and other African […]
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 […]