contributed by Samantha Wale (ISBER Head Office)
The first-ever ISBER Biospecimen Research Symposium took place in Luxembourg from February 27-28, 2018. ISBER partnered with the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) for hosting of the 1.5 day event, which welcomed 220 delegates and 19 exhibitors. Throughout the symposium, international biospecimen research experts presented recent findings and developments in the field for all major types of specimens, including human fluid, human tissue, and environmental. The schedule included 9 oral abstract presentations and 24 poster abstract presentations. Each of the abstracts is published in the final program for the symposium available here.
The first day of the symposium began with the keynote presentation given by Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD. Dr. Compton is a pathologist, professor of life sciences at Arizona State University, and professor of pathology at John’s Hopkins Medical School. Her presentation on “Biospecimen Research and the Biospecimen Quality Imperative for Precision Medicine” received rave reviews and is available for viewing here, along with several more of the excellent symposium presentations.
Luxembourg was hit with an extreme cold front for the week of the symposium, seeing temperatures near -15 degrees Celsius with wind chill, which encouraged delegates to stay inside and make new connections with international colleagues. The poster reception was extremely well attended and a great opportunity for our exhibitors to connect with delegates.
The meeting featured excellent scientific sessions, good food, and good company. Who knows, maybe ISBER will even continue this symposium on an annual basis!