ISBER 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits
May 5-9, 2013
Please contact Debra Leiolani Garcia with any questions or comments.
Get to know ISBER from the point of view of current ISBER members and Annual Meeting attendees!
Have you been thinking of expanding your involvement in ISBER activities? ISBER is always looking for volunteers with strong organizational and leadership skills to get involved in Committees, Working Groups, Special Interest Groups, or other special projects. People from all walks of life give generously of their time to make ISBER a success.
People just like you are the backbone of our work and make every aspect of ISBER possible!
If you would like to learn more about ISBER and its governing committees, or would be interested in volunteering to help ISBER in other ways, contact the ISBER office via email. We’ll be happy to keep you informed of service opportunities within the ISBER community.
ISBER Working Groups are organized around timely, challenging issues relating to biobanking and are composed of individuals with expertise and experience in the subject areas and who are committed to producing outcomes to the discipline of biobanking.
The goal of these Working Groups is to identify and tackle important, unresolved issues that could benefit from broader discussion, with the ultimate goal of developing position papers, journal publications, or tools that address the issues.
Informed Consent Procedures for the Collection of Biospecimens
International Repository Locator
Rights to and Control of Human Tissue Samples
Please review the Guidelines for ISBER Working Groups (PDF) and complete the Request to Form an ISBER Working Group (Word). You may also want to consider starting an ISBER Special Itnerest Group as a test bed for Working Group.
ISBER Special Interest Groups (SIGs) encourage discussions and presentations on areas of technical, legal, ethical, or managerial issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens.
ISBER SIGs identify and tackle important, unresolved issues that could benefit from broader discussion through networking and meetings where member presentations and experiences may be shared. The SIGs also provide an avenue for members to share their problems, goals, and more importantly, describe their experiences and solutions.
Differences from ISBER Working Groups (WG):
A SIG is open to all ISBER members and ISBER Chapter members, with unlimited membership, whereas WG membership may be limited as the main emphasis of a WG is work output.
SIG membership status can be fluid to capture diverse views.
SIGs have a less frequent reporting schedule (annually).
SIG focus is on discussion and networking via forum-based presentation and Q&A for sharing of experiences.
A SIG may serve as a test bed for a WG. It is recommended that groups intending to form an ISBER WG start off as an ISBER SIG to determine level of interest over a period of time.
A SIG can accommodate new topics of interest in an existing WG or topics beyond the scope of the documented WG focus.