isber logo
Affiliation agreement with ISBER
Signed on the 24th October 2014 by Andy Zaayenga and Jim Vaught of ISBER and Hans-Peter Deigner and Manuel Morente of ESBB. ISBER's website is www.isber.org



Latest 3C-R News Round-Up
Number 55
Jan-Feb 2015



Follow us on: Facebook LinkedIn twitter

ESBB Slides

ESBB General Presentation

license details



Pasquale De Blasio

First Honorary Member of ESBB Congratulations to Pasquale De Blasio! This award is in recognition of the vital role that Pasquale has played over the past 5 years in establishing ESBB as a society in and serving as its first President.

192spacer     192spacer

Collaborations with ESBB

ESBB has collaborative agreements including memoranda of undertanding (MoUs) and affiliation agreements with the following organisations:

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Asian Network for Research Resource Centers (ANRRC) and ESBB was signed by the Presidents, Professor Yeonhee Lee and Dr Peter Riegman at the 4th International Meeting of ANRRC on Jeju Island, South Korea, on 19th October 2012. This collaboration agreement covers exchange of information, reports and publications, promotion of standardisation, personnel training exchanges, exchange of speakers at annual conferences and additional measures to encourage synergy between the two societies. The ANRRC is also an Affiliate Partner of ISBER.

ESBB is now a legal entity

Creation of the association has been registered in the Journal Officiel de la République Française Annonce n° 211 - p.5718, 29th Nov 2014. Official text: "Déclaration à la sous-préfecture d'Aix-en-Provence. EUROPEAN, MIDDLE EASTERN & AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR BIOPRESERVATION & BIOBANKING ESBB. Objet : promotion en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique, des biobanques dédiées à la gestion des ressources biologiques (humaines, animales, végétales, microbiennes et environnementales) pour aider la recherche dans les domaines de la médecine, l'agronomie et l'environnement. Siège social : 20, boulevard du Roi René, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Date de la déclaration : 17 novembre 2014".



Progressive Increase in Monthly Visits to ESBB Website

website visits

The chart above shows a progressive increase in monthly visits to the ESBB website over the past 3 years. There were a total of over 90,000 visits to the website in 2013, with peak rates around the time of the annual conference in October. Data comes from statistics generated by Webalizer.


New Research Biobanking MSc

The UK’s first Biobanking MSc from a world leading university.

This new one-year full time course from one of the world's leading universities is the first Research Biobanking programme of its kind in the UK. It is designed for scientists and medical practitioners looking to gain the skills to deliver an evolving biobank or tissue bank service - that meets regulatory and user requirements. It is essential training for those wishing to set up a biobank.

Taught by world-leading biobanking experts you will have access to our internationally renowned biobanks. You will undertake a six- to twelve-month placement in one or more of the King's Health Partners Biobanks to learn the skills of practical banking and molecular pathology. Our biobanks include:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer

More information about the programme: Click here

Contact the Programme leader: Dr Cheryl Gillett (cheryl.gillett@kcl.ac.uk)

Sign up: Find out more at our Open Evening on 10 February 2015 and tour our biobanking facilities


University Certificate:
The Principles of Biobanking

Today, IBBL (Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg) released 3 videos about the “Certificate on Principles of biobanking for clinical, biological and environmental biospecimens and bioresources”, co-organised with the University of Luxembourg.

This 3 week comprehensive continuing education course is endorsed by ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental repositories), testifying to its high quality and good reputation. The latest edition of the course took place in Luxembourg in June 2013 and the international participants, coming from diverse backgrounds, were clearly satisfied with the course’s wide-ranging content. A satisfaction survey conducted at the end of the course showed that 94% of students thought it allowed them to accomplish their objectives and rated the individual modules as good or excellent. But don’t just take our word for it – watch for yourself what the students had to say

Curious? This short promotional video highlights key points of the course


To discover more about what the course offers and what makes it stand out – hear from the organisers & professors!!

The next session will be held in 2015, with registrations opening in autumn 2014. For additional course-related information visit the official website: click here

Posted 16.09.2013


IBBL Proficiency Testing Programme: Registration Open!

Registrations for IBBL’s 2014 Biospecimen Proficiency Testing (PT) programme are now open. Endorsed by ISBER, the PT programme allows laboratories to compare their performance to that of all other laboratories. You can assess the accuracy, precision and efficiency of your biospecimen characterisation methods (DNA quantification and purity, RNA integrity, cell viability, tissue histology) or nucleic acid extraction methods (DNA/RNA from whole blood or FFPE cells).

Registration closes on the 31st of October. Special discount for ESBB members.

To find out more or register, go to www.ibbl.lu/pt

Click on the images below to download ...

ibbl document 1 ibbl document 2


H3Africa Initiative

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative is a joint initiative of the US National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust, in partnership with the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG). Background information is provided on the H3Africa website.


To see the Press Briefing at the start of this initiative on June 22nd 2010 click here.

press briefing

For news about the first recipients of H3Africa grants, click here.

H3Africa Social Networking Website



BRIF Initiative

For information and news about the Bio-Resource Impact Factor or BRIF:

  1. Cambon-Thomsen et al. The role of a bioresource research impact factor as an incentive to share human bioresources. Nature Genetics 43, 503–504 (2011)
  1. BRIF Newsletter No 6. December 2012



293 10 294 10 293