BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES
The collection, annotation, storage and subsequent use of human biosamples and related data are essential parts of biomedical research. Biobanking is an activity that contributes to and supports research that leads to the possibility that preventative measures or prognostic indicators for disease may be identified. Thus, future patients may access novel therapies or pathology and molecular based diagnostic and prognostic tests.
Biobanks (also known as repositories) collect, store, annotate and distribute biosamples and act as service providers for research using living cells, preserved cells, body fluids and tissues, or extracts of the aforementioned materials, and of data relating to these materials. Developing and managing a biobank requires adherence to defined requirements (legal, ethical) and best practices (operational). Biobanks are subject to conventions, consensus recommendations and sets of regulations at local, national and international levels.
Networking between biobanks is often essential for many aspects of biomedical research, including multi-centre studies and clinical trials, studies on rare pathologies, and comparative studies aimed at assessing the etiological, pathological and genetic heterogeneity of common diseases including cancer. Biobanks are the cornerstone of translational approaches in molecular medicine.
The specific objectives of the MAWG are:
1. To promote academic discussions between participants and disseminate consensus on best practices for biobanks and biobanking, to assist in biobank development by providing advice and mutual support, and to promote networking between biobanks by developing procedures and practices that facilitate the sharing of resources and knowledge.
2. To present a mechanism and informal meeting place for exchange of information and a platform for the development of international collaborative efforts.
3. To facilitate the sharing of knowledge around issues within countries and regions across the group for discussion of solutions and promotion of consensual standards acceptable and applicable to biobanking across different organizations.Contact Us