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ISBER Announces 2020 Board Members

Friday, May 22, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: ISBER Head Office
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The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to welcome to the organization’s Board of Directors Piper Mullins as President-Elect, Monique Albert as Secretary, Jane Carpenter as Treasurer, and Diane McGarvey as Director-at-Large, Americas!

Daniel Catchpoole will return as President and Debra Garcia as Past-President. Alison Parry-Jones, Koh Furuta, and Xun Xu will be continuing as Directors-at-Large of the Europe, Middle East Africa region, Indo-Pacific Rim region, and China region, respectively. 

“As ISBER transitions into its 22nd year, we are faced with a world fragmented by a tiny foe which has greatly impacted how we engage and work together. The ISBER Board however, represents a united international team that, along with our Head Office staff, will continue to serve the Society in providing a vibrant and creative environment for biorepository professionals to meet, discuss, debate and build a strong integrated biobanking community around the world,” said Daniel Catchpoole, ISBER President. 

“We are excited to welcome the newly elected members of our Board into this team as we navigate the next 12 months together and we know their experience will help lead us to new horizons for ISBER. We also say farewell to our members of our Board who are leaving us this year after many years of service and thank you for all you have done.”

Piper is the Program Manager for the Pan-Smithsonian Cryo-Initiative in USA, where she manages the development of the Smithsonian biorepository program to integrate, standardize, and manage information systems and frozen collections. Currently, she is co-leading the establishment of a Quality Management System and database implementation for Smithsonian’s newest biorepository facility at the Conservation Biology Institute. She served as ISBER’s Treasurer from 2017-2020. 

Monique has been the Director of the Ontario Tumour Bank at OICR in Canada for 7 years. In all, she has two decades of professional experience in the biobanking, health research and pharmaceutical sectors, having held a number of leadership and research roles at MaRS (EXCITE), OICR, the STTARR Innovation Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Microarray Centre (both at University Health Network) and in the corporate sector at Cangene Corporation and Affinium Pharmaceuticals. She served as ISBER’s Director-at-Large of the Americas region for the past three years.

Jane currently works as the Project Manager of Biobanking Services at NSW Health Pathology in Australia. Her role involves exploring requirements for Microbial Biobanking of bacteria, fungi, viruses and bacteriophages linked to health records. Previously, she has worked on developing and running the Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank and as Tumour Bank Officer at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Her specific interests lie in education and training, quality and standards, sustainability/operating models, and consumer involvement. 

Diane has over 30 years’ experience in biorepository science. She has held multiple leadership positions in the NCI-Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) and is currently the Director of the Eastern Division of the CHTN at the University of Pennsylvania. Her prior experience has been in diagnostic health care and head trauma rehabilitation. Diane and her team have published on tissue procurement, preservation, and postpreservation processing methodologies. Diane consults on biorepository start-ups, logistics, and management. 

ISBER would like to thank Nicole Sieffert and David Lewandowski, who are stepping off the Board after many years of service. 

To see the full list of current ISBER Board of Directors, please visit

ISBER is the only global forum that addresses harmonization of scientific, technical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens. The mission of ISBER as a global organization is to create opportunities for sharing ideas and innovations in biobanking and harmonizes approaches to evolving challenges for biological and environmental repositories. ISBER fosters collaboration, creates education and training opportunities, provides an international showcase for state-of-the-art policies, processes, and research findings, and innovative technologies, products, and services. Together, these activities promote best practices that cut across the broad range of repositories that ISBER serves.


Eoin F. Gaffney says...
Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Well done, all of you! In the not-so -distant past certain people - horror of horrors - would revel in officer status in an organization and would seize upon every opportunity to do Nothing, but expand their own inflated sense of worth. But not this group! These are very hard times and certainly by no means restricted to biobanking. Our ISBER reps will work even harder. Indeed we all know that there are often hard times in the biobanking world but biobankers are crazily addicted to their calling, and will just step up closer to the plate. In Ireland we have been dealt severe body blows to biobanking and medicoscientific research following the 2018 Data Protection Act and Health Research Regulations. We are struggling to impress more reasonable public interest amendments to the legislation with the Dept of Health policymakers. We will get there ! But we may well seek the help of you guys! Eoin Gaffney, Medical Director, Biobank Ireland Trust (Offline