It is our pleasure to invite you to a strategic meeting “Optimising the use of population and patient cohorts” jointly organized by BioSHaRE-EU, BBMRI-LPC and BBMRI-ERIC at the European Parliament in Brussels on January 27th, 2016 from 15:30-17:30 .

The value of biobanks and cohort studies for understanding health, ageing and disease has long been recognized and major investments have been done over the past decades to set up high quality biobanks and cohort studies, to develop a European infrastructure to improve and facilitate the access to the rich sources of data and samples, as well as to develop methods and tools for data management and analysis.

In this meeting we will present you the latest advancements in biobanking research and international data sharing and we cordially invite you to discuss how to “Optimise the use of population and patient cohorts” and what does the investigator need?

The meeting will be hosted by Ms. Schreijer-Pierik, member of European Parliament, who will highlight the Dutch and European contribution to biobanking infrastructure and research and how it calls to the aims of H2020.

The leaders of the organizing partners will present the state-of-the-art of biobanking research and initiate a discussion on the next steps to be taken. Professor Ronald Stolk will present the results of the BioSHaRE-EU project (Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union) that was completed last November 2015, and Dr. Markus Perola will give an update on the ongoing BBMRI-LPC project (Large Prospective Cohorts).

The results of these projects are put in relation to the pan-European Research Infratructure for Biobanks and Biomolecular Resources established under the ERIC legal framework BBMRI-ERIC by Professor Jan-Eric Litton in highlighting how these projects relate to the Work Programme of BBMRI-ERIC.

Last but not least, Dr. Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of Unit e-Infrastructure at European Commission DG CONNECT will discuss the progress in eScience and give his opinion on how to put the BioSHaRE output and biobanking research in the “cloud”.

The last part of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion on the future of biobanking and what steps are needed to sustain and valorize the investments that have been made to date.


We warmly welcome all EP and EC members, staff of the relevant DG’s, liaison officers and anyone who would like to hear about the current status in biobanking research.

Find a preliminary program, biosketches of the speakers, and directions on this registration site. Registration is limited to 40 participants, so please register by January 20th.


With kind regards,

Ronald Stolk, coordinator BioSHaRE-EU

Markus Perola, coordinator BBMRI-LPC

Jan-Eric Litton, BBMRI-ERIC Director General

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