April 2013

UCD & Molecular Medicine Ireland Hold Inaugural Biobanking Course

Thu, 25 April 13 09:00

Molecular Medicine Ireland, in partnership with UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science, held its first Biobanking Course in the UCD Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital from 17–19 April. The course was run in conjunction with the Biorepositories module of UCD’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research.

There were 25 attendees on the MMI Biobanking Course comprising clinicians, research nurses, lab managers, scientists and post-graduate researchers from a number of institutions including MMI partner institutions and their associated teaching hospitals: UCD, UCC, Trinity College, Dublin City University, the Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospitals, St James’s Hospital, Mercy University Hospital and the Mid-Western Regional Hospital. The MMI Biobanking Course featured both practical and theoretical sessions in subject areas relating to the collection, processing and storage of biological samples for use in clinical and translational research.

It also addressed ethical and legal considerations associated with biological sample collection and the key challenges involved in biopreservation and quality control as well as providing an overview of the biobanking environment in Ireland. Lectures were provided by UCD and TCD and included Dr Peter Doran, Professors Eoin Gaffney and Kieran Sheahan who are members of the MMI Biobanking Group.

Dr Peter Doran, Co-ordinator of the MMI Biobanking Course and Chair of the MMI Biobanking Group said:

The MMI Biobanking Course was developed in response to a strong demand in the research community for comprehensive training in all aspects of biobanking.

It is envisaged that the MMI Biobanking Course will be held annually.

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