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English summary of Cahier no 57 (May-June) is now available on the ESBB members website


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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.


Biobank Graz

How to Build a Biobank - Learning by Doing

16-18 December at the Medical University of Graz. This interactive 3 day course has been designed for all those who are setting up a new biobank, who look to collaborate with a biobank or research institute, who face the challenges of a growing biobank or who try to overcome the challenges of maintaining a large biobank. Click here for more information.


Research Biobanking MSc

The UK’s first Biobanking MSc from a world leading university. Includes 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, and Thoracic Cancer. Click here for more information.


University Certificate:
The Principles of Biobanking

Co-organised by IBBL (Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg) and the University of Luxembourg. This 3 week comprehensive continuing education course is endorsed by ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental repositories). Click here for more information.


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

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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



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