contributed by Judita Kinkorová (Associate professor, University Hospital Pilsen, Czech Republic. ISBER EMEA Regional Ambassador)
Pilsen 17-19 March 2019, Primavera Hotel & Congress Centre
The 40th National Congress Immunoanalytic Days 2019 was a great national event with a long national tradition. Every year more than 150 scientists, researchers, medical doctors, clinicians, and other health experts from the Czech Republic and abroad meet to present, discuss, and exchange their results, experience, and vision. 40 years tradition of Immunoanalytic Days illustrates the viability and attractiveness of the event. As in every year, the congress offered a wide variety of topics: as a memory of the beginning of immunoanalytic methods, the entire history was presented by prof. O. Topolcan, president of the congress, and his colleagues from Pilsen and other laboratories in the Czech Republic. Regarding the other topics the following can be mentioned:
- personalized medicine in theory and practice,
- biobanks and biorepositories,
- biomarkers in diagnosis, treatment, and follow up in cancer patients,
- screening programs in the Czech Republic, and
- current problems in immunoanalytic laboratory.
The session discussing Biobanks and biorepositories was opened by prof. Ch. Brochhausen, who as foreign speaker presented the BRoTHER (Biobank Research on Telemedical Approaches for Human Biobanks in a European Region) project, a cross-border Bavarian-Czech project, funded by a grant of the Bavarian-Czech Research Agency for three years 2017-2019. The consortium of the project consists of four partners: Institute of Pathology of the University of Regensburg (the coordinator of the project), Institute of Pathology of the Technical University Munich and partners from the Czech Republic: University Hospital Pilsen and Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institution in Brno.
The second presentation was delivered by dr. J. Kinkorova with the title “Biobanking – news from Europe and all over the world”. She presented international associations and societies: ISBER, ESBB, BBMRI-ERIC and their activities, and special attention was devoted to the new ISBER activity: the Regional Ambassadors program and their roles and expectations. The following presentations reported the activities of the Czech members of Czech national node BBMRI-ERIC, BBMRI_CZ.
Overall the congress highlighted the state of art of above-mentioned topics and regarding the biobanking session demonstrated the importance of international collaboration – cross border in project BRoTHER as well as wide international collaboration in the frame of BBMRI-ERIC, ISBER, and ESBB.