Award-Winning Poster: MENDY et al, Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research Across Europe and Africa (B3Africa)

Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research Across Europe and Africa (B3Africa): Utilizing bioinformatics platform, training modules and ELSI regulatory framework

Europe Biobank Week, 13-16 September 2016

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M. Mendy(1), T.Klingström(2), R.Merino-martinez(3), J.Reichel(4), A.Christoffels(5), H.Müller(6), A.Berger(1), A.Abayomi(7), S.Kyobe(8), A.Abimiku,(9), J.Dillner(3), S. kemp(10), J.Litton(11), K.Zatloukal(6), M.Joloba(8), E.Bongcam-rudloff(2)

Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure Consortium , Graz, Austria
Biobanks are well established in High Income Countries and are rapidly emerging in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) particularly in Africa. Surveys among LMIC biobanks indicate that limited resources and short-term funding tied to specific projects threaten the sustainability of the biobanks. Fit-for-purpose biobanks targeting major societal challenges such as HIV and Malaria provide an excellent basis for integrating biobanks with the available research communities. But to become sustainable for the future it is important that biobanks become an integrated part of local research communities. To achieve this, the cost of operating biobanks must be lowered, templates must be developed to support local ethics committees and researchers must be given the opportunity to build experience in biobank based research projects.  The B3Africa consortium is based on these conclusions and set up to support biobanks by creating a cost efficient Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and also contribute to the training and capacity building in the local research community. The technical platform called the eB3Kit is open source and consists of a LIMS and a bioinformatics module based on the eBiokit that allow researchers to take control over the analysis of their own data. Along with the technical platform the consortium will also contribute training and support for the associated infrastructures necessary to regulate the ethical and legal implications (ELSI) of biobank based research.  B3Africa project will conduct its activities by engaging key stakeholders across Africa and Europe and promoting the adoption of the created tools and ELSI regulatory framework.

(1)International Agency For Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, (2)Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet , Upsalla, Sweden, (3)Karolinska Institutet , Stockholm, Sweden, (4)Uppsala Universitet , Uppsala, Sweden, (5)University of the Western Cape , Capt town, South Africa, (6)Medizinische Universitat Graz , Graz, Austria, (7)Stellenbosch University , Cape town, South Africa, (8)Makerere University , Makarere, Uganda, (9)Institute of Human Virology Nigeria , Lagos, Nigeria, (10)International Livestock Research Institute , Nairobi, Kenya, (11)

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