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BBMRI-ERIC publishes its on-line directory of affiliated biobanks.

506 biobanks from 13 countries belong to the list, which keeps expanding. Together, the participating biobanks manage an impressive collection approaching 100 million samples.
> The directory is a first step facilitating access to the collections available for research. It allow searching for biobanks by type of samples held, diagnosis of the samples kept, country, size and type of the biobank.
The Belgian biobanks are part of the list and will welcome collaboration with researchers.

Link to the BBMRI-ERIC site

Database tender published

The tender for the development and implementation of the BWB samples database and virtual catalogue has been released. Any organisation with competence and interest in development and implementation of database available through the web is invited to take a look at the publication.
Reference: “Bulletin des Adjudications” N. 81 (1st April 2015)
Competent body: UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain), service des achats
Place de l'Université 1 bte L0.03.31, BE-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Contact person: Isabelle Bernard (isabelle.bernard@uclouvain.be) or Marie Maerevoet (marie.maerevoet@uclouvain.be)
Tél: +32 10/47.82.26 Fax: +32 10/47.38.37

Belgian Week of Pathology

The Belgian Society of Pathology has invited the BWB to hold a stand at its annual congress, the “Belgian Week of Pathology” from the 22nd October till the 25th. Pathologists from different disciplines had the opportunity to discover the benefits and opportunity of biobanking presented by the CMI (Center of Medical Innovation) and the BWB (Biotheque Wallonie Bruxelles). This was also the premiere for the BWB website, still in beta. Site of the BWP

Biobanques et recherche médicale : la Biothèque Wallonie Bruxelles, BWB, est née

Les progrès des sciences de la vie ne peuvent se faire sans l’étude de tissus, cellules et échantillons d’origine humaine. A cette fin, ceux-ci doivent être conservés, traités et répertoriés dans des conditions optimales pour être mis à disposition de projets de recherche. C’est le travail des biobanques. Une activité délicate et tellement importante pour le développement de la médecine et la pharmacie que l’Union Européenne en a fait une de ses priorités.[...]