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ISBER 2016: National Day – Germany’s Way Towards Excellence in Biobanking (Berlin)

Termin: Dienstag, 5. April 2016, 11:00 - 17:00

Kategorie: Kongresse & Tagungen


National Day - Germany's Way Towards Excellence in Biobanking

Under the motto ‘National Day - Germany’s Way Towards Excellence in Biobanking’, the associate partner of ISBER, TMF, will host a pre-symposium. The event will take place on April 5 2016 and will be devoted to the promotion of human biobanks as a valuable tool for scientific medical and epidemiological research in Germany.

TMF will present aspects of its decade-long work as an academic-driven non-profit organization, particularly how TMF established a nation-wide platform for biobanking through its dedicated working group. The TMF working group has successfully facilitated interdisciplinary exchange across scientific projects and across scientific institutions with the goal to meet many organizational, legal, ethical and technological challenges of modern biomaterial-based medical research.

German biobanking is supported at different levels by the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) which will be presented during the pre-symposium, e. g.

  • the so called ‘Centralized Biobanks’ that are currently being established at selected sites of scientific medical and epidemiological research across the country,
  • the recently established German Centers for Health Research and their biobanking activities,
  • the German National Cohort (GNC), a joint interdisciplinary endeavor of 25 German research institutions aimed at a better understanding of common diseases through longitudinal studies of the German population, planned to run over the next 20-30 years,
  • the German Biobank Node (GBN), the German central contact and coordination point for biobanking and the German contribution to the Pan-European biobanking Infrastructure enterprise, BBMRI-ERIC,
  • the German Biobank Alliance, a brand-new comprehensive BMBF funding initiative for setting up a German Biobank Network as a basis for enabling German biobanks for cross-border collaboration within the context of BBMRI-ERIC.

On April 5, 2016, ‘biobankers’ from all over the world are invited to meet leading biobank experts from Germany, many of whom shall surely participate in this one-time event, the National Biobanking Day of the ISBER Annual 2016 Meeting. The pre-symposium will provide a great opportunity to build new networks and to get to know the German biobanking roadmap. The meeting will hopefully contribute to a fruitful international exchange of know-how and stimulate much scientifically rewarding collaboration.

  1. Registration is now closed.



  1. Program Flyer [PDF | 1,5 MB]
11:15 am
Welcome: Sebastian C. Semler & Michael Kiehntopf (TMF, Berlin)

TMF - 12 Years a Platform for Biobanking in Germany
Michael Krawczak (TMF, Berlin)    

Biobanking in the German Centers for Health Research
Peter Schirmacher (University Hospital Heidelberg) 

The German Biobank Registry  - Vision and Lessons Learned
Roman A. Siddiqui (TMF, Berlin)    

The German Biobank Node: National coordination and central point of contact for BBMRI-ERIC
Michael Hummel (Charite, Berlin)
1:30 pm
Lunch Break
2:30 pm
Session II
Karoline Gaede & Antje Schütt (TMF, Berlin)

National Cohort & Populations-Based Biobanking
Annette Peters (German Center for Environmental Health, Munich)  

Success Model of Centralizing Biobank-Sites
Roland Jahns (University Hospital Wuerzburg)    

Clinical Biobanking for research in the field of congenital heart disease in Germany
Thomas Pickardt (Competence Network für Congenital Heart Defects, Berlin)
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Session III
Michael Krawczak & Peter Schirmacher (TMF, Berlin) 

Biobanking for Successful Translational Oncology
Esther Herpel (University Hospital Heidelberg)    

Moving Toward Evidence-Based Biobanking
Helen M. Moore (NIH, USA)

Wine and Cheese Networking: Join us for wine and cheese – and to attend the ISBER Corporate Workshops!
5:15 pm Start of the ISBER Platinum Corporate Partner Workshops (Open to all Participants) 




Roman Siddiqui (Scientific organization)
Phone: +49 30 2200 247-52 | E-Mail

Antje Schütt (Communications)
Phone: +49 30 2200 247-31 | E-Mail

Juliane Gehrke (Organizational issues)
Phone: +49 30 2200 247-17 | E-Mail



Hall A Berlin
Maritim Hotel Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 26
10785 Berlin 

  1. Maritim Hotel Berlin Website  


Further information

  1. Program Flyer of the National Day [PDF | 1,5 MB]
  2. ISBER Annual Meeting 2016
  3. More Information on TMF

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