BioBANC Symposium

2nd Sept 2022 – NUI Galway

"It takes a village to run a biobank"

Biobanks are the cornerstone of productive translational research- the meeting point of patient, clinician, and researcher stories

Biobanking is increasingly recognised as a scientific discipline, rather than just a laboratory resource. Many clinicians and scientific researchers “dabble” in biobanking. However, with evolving ethical and data regulations, expensive laboratory technologies, and already heavy workloads, biobanking can be perceived as exclusive to those with protected research time.

Hosted by Dr Nicola Miller, Dr Sonja Khan and the Cancer Biobank in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, the BioBANC Symposium is a multidisciplinary event for anyone involved or interested in getting involved in biobanking - researchers, patients, doctors, nurses, administrators, technicians. It is a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities in biobanking, ultimately making it an inclusive, patient-centered, and efficient research endeavour.

Patients and members of the public who participate in research biobanks trust that their samples are used in high quality research.  Only through working together, sharing our expertise and communicating with patients can we provide this high-quality resource for essential research. We need - and want - patients, clinicians, and researchers to be informed, supported, and valued for their role in biobanking
Dr Nicola Miller, Co-Director Cancer Biobank

Behind every sample is a patient. Patients donate sample to biobanks knowing they will not directly benefit from the research but that their involvement, leads to new knowledge and advances in research into cancer, cardiovascular, infectious, metabolic, and other chronic diseases.

The value is in the information that comes with the samples. How we communicate with patients and healthy donors influence their informed consent to use their samples and clinical information. How we manage the information and donated specimens with respect to data protection and research ethics is vital to ensuring high-quality, reproducible research. No one can do it alone – and no one should.

“Biobanks are tremendously important resources and demonstrate our patients’ generosity and trust in us. As a consultant pathologist the value of such specimens is readily apparent. Biobanks are crucial in our pursuit of better outcomes for our patients, and it is exciting to see the programme of the BioBANC symposium, one which integrates clinicians and researchers, with the patient at the heart of every decision.
Prof Seán Hynes – Chair of the Saolta Precision Medicine Group

Symposium Details:

2nd September 2022, Arts Millennium Building (AMB-1023), NUI Galway, 2.00-5.30pm

Further details email: Dr Nicola Miller, Discipline of Surgery

We in NUI Galway are fortunate to have our translational research facility and biobank co-located with the main teaching hospital and cancer centre in the West and Northwest of Ireland. As Director of the regional Cancer Network, biobanks and multidisciplinary teams working across hospital and academia are essential to enabling patient focused research. I am delighted to see this BioBANC Symposium taking place, encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange between researchers, clinicians, educators, and members of the public.
Prof Michael Kerin – Director Saolta NUI Galway Cancer Network