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Science Policy Committee

Science Policy Committee Purpose:

Coordinate and to be a voice for the perspectives of the ISBER membership and the Society on policy issues related to biological and environmental repositories. Activities include communicating with the membership on emerging science policy issues, providing analysis of policies and regulations that may affect the biorepository community, and sharing information on emerging global policy issues related to biorepositories. Information sharing may include collaboration with other allied individuals or groups, such as the European, Middle Eastern, and African Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation (ESBB), Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G), Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and other groups with common interests on specific policy issues or topics.

Policy statements and projects the Committee undertakes may stem from the interests of committee members or are developed in response to requests for public comment through formal or informal rulemaking or policy development processes.

Projects Undertaken

View statements and comments prepared by the Science Policy Committee relating to current and past issues (2011- 2017), Click here

Science Policy resources and Tools

Links to useful resources for ethical, legal and societal guidelines and regulations for biorepository policy development, management and research.

Committee Members

Members represent diverse areas of expertise and perspectives, with a combined wealth of experience.

Committee Chair:


Committee Vice Chair: 

Marianna Bledsoe
Silver Spring, MD, United States        

Helen Morrin
Cancer Soc Tissue Bank, Univ of Otago
Christchurch, New Zealand 

Committee Members:

Joe Galbraith
University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Heather Siefers
Rockville, United States
Lisa Gilbert
Brooks Automation, Inc.
Indianapolis, United States
Nicole Sieffert
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Texas, USA
William Grizzle
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, United States
Anne-Marie Tassé
Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tohru Masui
Keio University School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan
Amelia Warner
Global Specimen Solutions
North Carolina, United States

Rebekah Rasooly
Bethesda, MD, United States

Madeline Williams
Huron Consulting Group
Baltimore, MD, United States
Pedro Rondot-Radío
University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wendy Wolf
Boston, United States

Elena Salvaterra
Air Liquide
Milan, Italy


Brian Clark, PhD
Global Biobanking
Måløv, Denmark
Helen Moore, PhD
Bethesda, United States
Jackie Mackenzie-Dodds
Natural History Museum
London, United Kingdom


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