Issue No. 2018/01
In this issue

Our Best Wishes for 2018!

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B3Africa 2nd In-Person Training and Dissemination Workshop (Nov. 2017)

The second B3Africa face-to-face training was held in collaboration with the BCNet symposium From Biobank Infrastructure to Research: How BCNet Member Biobanks and Cohorts Are Contributing to Address Public Health Concerns”  from 27 November to 1 December 2017 in Lyon, France.

The event gathered overall 58 participants (67% women, 33% men). 30 organisations/projects were represented, mainly from Europe  (38%) and Africa (55%).

Read more and consult the pictures here.

LIMS and Data Analysis Workshop in Sierra Leone (July 2017)

A team from the University of Western Cape’s Bioinformatics Institute was invited by the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) to run the workshop on on data management design strategy and LIMS usage in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 18-20th July 2017.

The primary aim of the workshop was to provide training on LIMS and data management best practices. This aim was achieved through two days of lectures and discussion with Sierra Leone participants, followed by the final day, where a brainstorming session was held between GET staff members and visiting trainers. The objective of this session was to plot a roadmap for continuous capacity development in functional data management and informatics in Sierra Leone to support and sustain an escalating research agenda, when a functional biobanking facility and culture is established. Read more.

B3Africa Project Showcased Around the World

Since the last issue of the B3Africa newsletter (September 2017), partners have been very active in promoting the project at international events and conferences!
AORTIC Conference
Rwanda, 7-10 November 2017

Read more and see pictures here.
Global Biobank Week
Sweden, 12-15 September 2017

Read more and see pictures here.
3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
Ghana, 16-18 August 2017

Read more and see pictures here.

Upcoming Events

Visit our website for a regularly updated list of upcoming events.
5-9 February 2018 B3Africa 4th Jamboree and Stakeholders Meeting
Nairobi & Naivasha, Kenya
27-28 February 2018 ISBER European Biospecimen Research Symposium
12-14 March 2018 International Conference on (Re-)Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICREID)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
22-25 March 2018 Eleventh H3Africa Consortium Meeting
Kampala, Uganda
3-5 April 2018 Galaxy Africa Conference
Cape Town, South Africa
20-24 May 2018 ISBER 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibits: Seizing BIG Opportunities in BIOBANKING Through Data, Collaboration and Innovation
Dallas, USA
14-15 June 2018 Uppsala Health Summit 2018: Care for Cancer
Uppsala, Sweden
4-7 September 2018 Europe Biobank Week 2018: Biosharing for Scientific Discovery
Antwerp, Belgium
26-28 September 2018 4th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases & Biosecurity
Freetown, Sierra Leone

2017 Publications



The ISBER Best Practices can be downloaded here:

The ISBER Best Practices: Recommendations for Repositories Fourth Edition presents the most effective practices for the management of biological and environmental specimen collections and repositories.Biorepository managers, technicians and researchers can take advantage of the ISBER Best Practices to improve specimen collection, storage, use and governance based on evidence-based practices established by the global repository community.  The Best Practices will lead towards increased specimen quality from collection to discovery.

Contact Information

Project Coordinator
Dr Erik Bongcam-Rudloff

B3Africa website & newsletter
Dominique Meunier
Project Assistant


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