Issue No. 2018/03
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B3Africa AGM and Uppsala Health Summit

The third B3Africa Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place in Uppsala, Sweden, from 11th to 13th June 2018. During this meeting, hosted by Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU), B3Africa partners reflected on progress and achievements made over the three years of the project and discussed about the sustainability of the eB3Kit.

The AGM was followed by the Uppsala Health Summit (UHS), during which B3Africa partners organized a workshop on "Biobanking for Global Cancer Care". The UHS was also a great opportunities for partners to showcased the eB3Kit!

2-minute Video Teaser About the eB3Kit

Curious to learn more about the B3Africa technical platform and cooperation framework? Watch this short video!

BBMRI-ERIC Webinar: The GDPR and Health Research

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018, with direct effect in the EC Member States. In its Article 40, it specifies that the European Commission encourages “the drawing up of codes of conduct intended to contribute to the proper application of this Regulation, taking account of the specific features of the various processing sectors and the specific needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.” The BBMRI-ERIC led Code of Conduct for Health Research initiative is committed to such a code, aiming at (a) contributing to the proper application of the regulation, (b) taking into account the specific features of processing personal data in the area of health, (c) clarifying and specifying certain rules of the GDPR for controllers who process personal data for purposes of scientific research in the area of health, (d) helping to demonstrate compliance by controllers and processors with the regulation, and (e) helping to foster transparency and trust in the use of personal data in the area of health research. Currently, the code focuses on Europe but in the next phase it has to take so-called Third Countries (non-European countries to which data is processed) into account: to find legally sound and equally practical solutions will be crucial. 

On 5 June 2018, a webinar took place to present the initiative and give an update on current achievements. A first section of the code will be released soon for comments, a public consultation of the full code will expectantly start in late 2018. BBMRI-ERIC calls upon B3Africa consortium partners to express their view on the draft text to include their point of view early on. 

Watch the webinar recording by clicking on the above image!

B3Africa Webinars on Mobile Data Collection

The project held 2 webinars on Mobile Data Collection in April and May 2018. These webinars included lectures and live demonstrations by Wangoru Kihara (International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya).
To watch video recording from B3Africa webinars, consult our website.

Mobile Data Collection, part I (video No. 17):
  • Introduce participants to mobile data collection (using the Open Data Kit – ODK);
  • Introduce participants to Azizi AMP architecture;
  • Introduce participants to XLSForm standard;
  • Demonstrate the authoring of data collection forms using Excel.
Mobile Data Collection, part II (video No. 18):
  • Demonstrate how to map the data that has been uploaded to the ODK;
  • Demonstrate the integration with Baobab LIMS in your eB3Kit.


B3Africa partners will host a booth and showcase the BiBBoX at the Europe Biobank Week in Antwerp, Belgium, from 4-7 September 2018. Come and meet with us!
Dr Zisis Kozlakidis, Past President of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), has been appointed Head of the Laboratory Services and Biobank Group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in Lyon, France. Read More.

Upcoming Events

Visit our website for a regularly updated list of upcoming events.
4-7 September 2018 Europe Biobank Week 2018 at Antwerp, Belgium
26-28 September 2018             4th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases & Biosecurity at Freetown, Sierra Leone
25-29 November 2018 Keystone Symposia Conference on “Leveraging Genomic Diversity to Promote Animal and Human Health” at Speke Resort & Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda

B3Africa Partners

Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), Sweden; Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC), Austria; Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden; Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University, Sweden; University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa; Makerere University (MAK), Uganda; Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa; International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France; International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya; Medizinische Universität Graz (MUG), Austria; and Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Nigeria.


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Dr Erik Bongcam-Rudloff

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