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2022-09-06 (pre-conf. day)


Course: Basic principles of biobanking (only in Swedish)

Kursen riktar sig till verksamhetschefer, forskare, doktorander, läkare, forskningssjuksköterskor, ny biobankspersonal, kvalitetsansvariga, forskningsstödjande personal och andra som kommer i kontakt med biobankning.

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Kursansvarig: Kristina Lind, PhD, Biobank Väst, Göteborg, Sverige

8.30–8.45Välkommen och introduktion
8.45–9.30Introduktion till biobankning och svenska biobankslagen.
Kristina Lind, projektledare Biobank Väst.
9.30–10.00Etikprövning – hur fungerar det och vad bör man tänka på ur ett biobanksperspektiv.
Elin Stenfeldt, projektledare Biobank Väst.
10.15–11.15Biobanksansökan – tillgång till prov för forskning.
Elin Stenfeldt, projektledare Biobank Väst.
11.20–12.00Viktiga aspekter vid provtagning och provhantering för biobankning.
Kristina Lind, projektledare Biobank Väst.


Workshop A Lunch


Workshop A – Quality management- continuous improvement with customer needs (fitness for intended purpose) in mind

Working with quality management is not just documentation; its main pillar is to work in an environment of change and seek continuous improvement. How do we build our organization around quality and how do we find motivation within the organization to achieve higher quality? And who is quality for? In this workshop, we will discuss how biobanks can work with continuous improvement, with customer needs (fitness for intended purpose) in mind, by giving examples from the implementation of ISO20387:2018 Biotechnology –Biobanking- General requirements for biobanking. By the end of the workshop, we aim to have status of where the Nordic countries are today, how we can collaborate, and which direction we would like to head.

Invited speakers

Lennart Gidlöf, Senior Consultant with many years as an expert in international standardization, Sustema, Sweden

Liv Paltiel, Quality Manager at Department for Biobanks at FHI, Folkehelseinstituttet, Norway

Karina Lövstedt, Quality Manager at Biobank Väst, Sweden and chair of Biobank Swedens Network for Implementation of ISO20387, Sweden

Karolin Bergenstråhle: Project Manager, Biobank Sweden, Sweden

Malin Åhsblom: Quality Coordinator, Uppsala Biobank, Sweden


Workshop B – Automated storage solutions

For many biobanks, financing, and installation of automated storage solutions at ultralow temperatures have been a clear challenge. It can certainly boost the quality and through-put of biobank performances but has equally created frustrations and set-backs related to unstable operational situations.

What is the rational for the selected temperature for storage? Is – 80 still a challenge for the applied technologies? Is there a compelling scientific justification for choosing – 80 and not -70 and could a slight raise of temperature improve the operational stability.

Costly and unstable technological solutions have a clear effect on running costs and ultimately on biobank sustainability. What are the environmental issues to be considered?

In this workshop we will address these questions, both form a provider and a user perspective. We will also touch upon challenges with established stores in the Nordic countries, including services and maintenance during the recent pandemic.

Invited speakers

Lutz Doms, CEO, Askion GmbH

Donat Elsener, Director Sales & Marketing, Hamilton Storage GmbH

Kristian Hveem, Professor, Head of Hunt Biobank, HUNT Research Centre – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Anne Jorunn Vikdal, Project coordinator/Biomedical Laboratory Scientist, Hunt Research Centre, Biobank, Quality manager, Norway

Vegard Marschhäuser, Project coordinator, HUNT Research Centre – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Workshop C – Education in biobanking

Education is important, in biobanking and everywhere else. In biobanking, much education and training take place in front of an instrument or freezer, and is taught by the nearest co-worker or local super user. There are, however, also a number of courses for biobankers dealing with topics such as sample quality, ethical and legal perspectives, laboratory management and research perspectives. In this workshop we will hear from organisers of Nordic biobank courses and expand to European options.

Invited speakers

Lasse Boding, Danish National Biobank, “Take home from the annual PhD course: Biobanking in the era of personalised medicine”. 

Tina Bossow, Global Expert within Human Biosample Governance, Novo Nordisk, “Experiences from Certificate – Principles in Biobanking, Luxembourg and Master of Science in Biobanking, University of Graz.”

Solveig Kvam, Biobank1 St. Olavs hospital.

Haakon Skogseth, Biobank1 St. Olavs hospital.

Lasse Boding, PhD, Head of Coordinating Centre, Danish National Biobank. Statens Serum Institut, Denmark


Welcome Reception by the City of Gothenburg in collaboration with Region Västra Götaland and includes a buffet and drinks. The reception is open for all registered participants.

Pre-registration is mandatory.