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Biospecimen Research Symposium - Programme-at-a-Glance

Biospecimen Research Symposium: Quality Matters
Luxembourg | February 27-28, 2018

European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
4 Place de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg

 DAY 1 - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

 Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) Site Visit

9:30am - 12:00pm

The Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) will host a site visit for all symposium delegates who wish to attend. This will take place in advance of the Biospecimen Research Symposium on Tuesday, February 27. Transportation will be provided between the conference centre and IBBL.

RSVP is required.

 Session 1: Human Fluid Biospecimens
Chair: Fiorella Guadagni and Pierre Lescuyer


 Welcome and Introduction

FNR Funding Opportunities
Michèle Weber (Luxembourg)


Keynote Presentation: Biospecimen Research and the Biospecimen Quality Imperative for Precision Medicine
Carolyn Compton (USA)


Extracellular Vesicle Detection by Flow Cytometry
Andreas Spittler (Austria)


Quality Control Based on Serum and Plasma Metabolites and Peptides
Michael Kiehntopf (Germany) and Peter Findeisen (Germany)


Networking Break, Poster Session, and Exhibition Tour 


Parameters Affecting Cryopreserved Microparticles and PBMCs in Functional Assays
Philip Norris (USA)


Standardizing Liquid Biopsy at the European Level - IMI's CANCER-ID and the Importance of Controlling Pre-Analytical and Analytical Variables
Thomas Schlange (Germany)


Oral Abstract Presentations 


Debate: Moral Tribes, Biospecimen Research, and ISO Standards
Chair: Katheryn Shea (USA)
Participants: Glenn Begley (Australia), Uwe Oelmueller (Germany), Geraldine Thomas (UK), William Mathieson (Luxembourg), Sabine Lehman (Luxembourg), Helen Moore (USA)

10% of the Time It Works Every Time
Glenn Begley (Australia)


Poster Reception and Exhibition Tour 

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.


Networking Dinner

Separate ticket required.

The networking dinner will be at La Table du Belvedere; located onsite at the European Convention Centre Luxembourg (ECCL).Tickets for the networking dinner are $75 USD + tax each.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, February 28, 2017

Session 2: Environmental Biospecimens
Chairs: Jacqueline MacKenzie-Dodds and Marcos Castellanos


Opening Remarks 


Plant Specimens and Transcriptomics
Sean May (UK)


The Potential of Anoxia Storage to Delay Ageing of Plant Seeds
Steven Groot  (Netherlands)


Ancient DNA Preservation - Cutting to the Bone
Morten Allentoft (Denmark)


Networking Break, Poster Session, and Exhibition Tour


Animal Samples at Museum Biobanks: Legacy Collections, DNA Barcoding Campaigns, and Genome-Grade Sampling
Jonas Astrin (Germany)


Method Validation for Seed Storage and Evaluation Protocols 
Eva Martens (UK)


Oral Abstract Presentations 


Networking Lunch 

Session 3: Human Tissue Biospecimens
Chair: Helen Moore and Jens Habermann


Opening Remarks 


Factors Affecting the Utility of FFPE Preserved Tissue Samples for Proteome and Phosphoproteome Analysis
Daniel Chelsky (Canada)


Defining RNA Quality From Paraffin Embedded Tissue
Stephen Hewitt (USA)


FFPE Sample for NGS Applications
Andreas Leimbach (Germany)


Networking Break, Poster Session, and Exhibition Tour 


Fitness for Purpose of FFPE DNA for NGS 
Geraldine Thomas (UK) and William Mathieson (Luxembourg)


Differentiated Human Adipocytes: Potential Impact and Challenges from an Industry Perspective
Johan Paulsson (Denmark)


Oral Abstract Presentations 


Poster Award Ceremony


Closing Remarks


Supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (RESCOM/17/1750050)

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