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2022-09-07

8.00–9.00

Registration

9.00–9.10

Welcome

9.10–9.50

Keynote speaker

Professor Arno Palotie, FinnGen
Very large-scale biobank projects, experiences from FinnGen

Aarno Palotie

9.50–10.30

Keynote speaker

Professor Hilda Holm, deCODe genetics

10.30–11.00

Coffee break – Exhibition and Posters

11.00–12.30

Symposium 1

Next generation biobanking

This session will address the topic from several angles.

The current pandemic has shown that established biobanks may play a new and crucial role as an invaluable clinical platform for contingency studies of a new and life-threatening disease where valid prospective, population-based research is pivotal. We see an outline of a next generation biobanking contributing more directly and immediate to clinical translation of research.

Biobanks struggle with incomplete technical solutions and huge costs for automated storage at ultralow temperatures. Will new technologies markedly change the handling of biobank samples? Is Room Temperature Samples Storage (RTSS) the future solutions? 

Invited speakers

Bart Wilkowski, PhD, Head of IT, Denmark National Biobank, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark 


Thomas Illig, Professor, MD, PhD, Scientific Head of Hannover Unified Biobank, Head of Research of the Department of Human Genetics, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany


2 Oral Abstract presenters
(to be announced)

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

12.30–14.00

General Lunch in Exhibit Hall – Exhibition & Posters

14.00–15.30

Symposium 2a

Sample quality

During the sample quality session, the topics will include sampling techniques and the effect of sampling on sample quality, the impact of sample quality on false findings in research, and how to classify and control for sample quality which is “fit for purpose”. 

Invited speakers

Laura Goobar Larsson, PhD, Line Manager, Biobank och Studier, Karolinska University Laboratory, Sweden


Anne Jorunn Vikdal, Project coordinator/Biomedical Laboratory Scientist, HUNT Biobank, Quality manager, Biobank Norway, Norway


Panel discussion, topic:
Minimizing Sampling Bias – how to increase statistical power and avoid false positive and false negative findings.

Panel participants:
Anne Jorunn Vikdal, Project coordinator/Biomedical Laboratory Scientist, HUNT Biobank, Quality manager for Biobank  Norway
Laura Goobar Larsson, PhD, Line Manager, Biobank och Studier, Karolinska University Laboratory, Sweden


2 Oral Abstract presenters
(to be announced)

Chair: Åsa Torinsson Naluai, Associate Professor at Sahlgrenska Academy and Biobank Väst at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden

14.00–15.30

Symposium 2b

Legal and ethical perspectives

Biobank research brings a number of ethical and societal challenges such as finding appropriate avenues to inform participants about data and sample uses, involving participants in the research processes, and ensuring that participant trust and stakeholder engagement is maintained. In this session, particular focus will be put on some key ethical considerations in biobanking including and approaches for the ethically and legally robust sharing of data between Nordic countries. 

Invited speakers

Ann M. Gronowski, PhD, Professor of Pathology & Immunology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA

Ethical issues in laboratory medicine


Heidi Beate Bentzen, PhD, Researcher, University of Oslo, Norway

Data sharing between countries


2 Oral Abstract presenters
(to be announced)

Chair: Isabelle Budin Ljøsne, PhD, Norwegian Institute of Public Health/ Biobank Norway – CS2 ELSI Norway 

15.30–16.00

Coffee break – Exhibition and Posters

16.00–17.30

Symposium 3a

Combining registries with biobank samples

Stored human biological material suitable for modern molecular analysis in combination with clinical and demographic registries are the most critical resources for research-based translation of advances in molecular biology and advanced technologies into improved human health.  The in-depth characterization of human diversity as dictated by variation in the sequences of genomes is now possible on a population-scale. Coupled with longitudinal information about disease risk factors, etiological processes and outcomes, an unparalleled opportunity currently exists to optimize prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of many acute and chronic diseases.

Invited speakers

Henrik Ullum, CEO, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark

Understanding health and disease by leveraging the potential of large national biobanks and health registries


Åke Lernmark, Senior Professor, Lund University, Sweden

The TEDDY study – understanding diabetes in the young by combining big data and biobanking


2 Oral Abstract presenters
(to be announced)

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

16.00–17.30

Symposium 3b

Biobank sustainability

Building up a sustainable biobank infrastructure includes challenges and opportunities. In this session we will discuss different strategies biobanks can adopt towards sustainable biobanking. Examples will be given of public-private partnerships, the creation of new resources to increase the value of the biobank and providing new types of research services. In addition, ways to advertise and present the biobank resources to the large research community will be explored.

Invited speakers

Sirpa Soini, Director, THL Biobank, Finland


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


2 Oral Abstract presenters
(to be announced)

Chair: Sirpa Soini, Director, THL Biobank, Finland

17.30–17.45

Wrap up the day

19.00–

Conference dinner at Kajskjul 8

Pre-registration is mandatory.

Kajskjul 8 was built on the quays along the railroad tracks around 1870. Originally used as a warehouse, the shed was then filled with all kinds of products, such as spices imported from the Orient as well as lumber from the forests of Värmland (region north of Gothenburg), which would then be transported down to southern Europe and other places. It is a building with a lot of interesting history, nowadays used for events and dinners.