Brainstorming Breakfast Discussion Groups

Grab coffee and breakfast and join a discussion group. These are moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing conference participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Genomic Data Governance and Data Sharing

Moderator: Nahla Afifi, MD, PhD, Director, Qatar Biobank

  • Consent
  • Is individual genomic data a personal data?
  • National and International genomic data sharing challenges
  • Returning incidental findings to participants

Standardization for Biological Material Quality That is Fit for Purpose

Moderator: Clare M. Allocca, MS, EMTM, PMP, Senior Advisor for Standardization, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards & Technology

  • Deciphering the new ISO standards for biobanking
  • Options in pursuit of demonstrating fitness for purpose of biological materials
  • Considerations for pursuit of standards

Challenges When Biobanking Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

Moderator: Robyn Osborne, MS, Research Project Manager, Surgery, Duke University

  • Methods of PBMC Isolation
  • Blood volumes needed for adequate PBMC recovery
  • Quality Indicators for PBMCs
  • Training staff on methods / proficiency testing

Samples Fit for Purpose

Moderator: Sameer Kalghatgi, PhD, Director, Laboratory Operations, Coriell Institute for Medical Research

  • Reference materials
  • Consistency and reproducibility
  • Quality management
  • Improving access to samples
  • Characterizing samples using modern technology

Building a Biopsy-Based Biorepository

Moderator: Sandra Gaston, PhD, Director, Molecular Biomarker Analytic Laboratory, Radiation Oncology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

  • Opportunities and challenges of including tissue biopsies in a biorepository
  • Tissue prints (nitrocellulose touch preps) as a practical approach to collecting biopsy tissue specimens
  • Implementing collection of biopsy tissue prints as part of a multi-center clinical trial

Business Requirements for Sample Management Data Systems

Moderator: Lynn Wetherwax, Senior Manager, Biological Sample Management & Biobank, Research Operations, Amgen

  • Sample metadata, annotations, flags
  • Clinical attributes related to samples
  • System integration with upstream and downstream data systems