Introduction to Biobanking Course

The purpose of the Introduction to Biobanking Course is to give you a general overview of the key issues in establishing, maintaining and accessing a biobank.

The education program includes 9 online modules designed to provide 'how-to' knowledge for researchers and biobankers and 'what is' knowledge for stakeholders (e.g. public, ethics board members). The program was developed by Canadian biobanking professionals and modified with country-specific content with input from international biobanking experts.

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The education program includes 9 online modules designed to provide 'how-to' knowledge for researchers and biobankers and 'what is' knowledge for stakeholders (e.g. ethics board members). The program was developed by Canadian biobanking professionals and modified with country-specific content with input from international biobanking experts.

The titles and focus of each module are listed below:

Module 1 - Basics of Biobanking
This module provides an introductory overview of biobanking including key issues in establishing, maintaining and accessing a biobank.
Module 2 - Governance
The overall objective of this module is to introduce you to the concept of biobank governance and its importance to the everyday operations of a biobank.
Module 3 - Ethics, Privacy and Security
This module discusses the importance of ensuring that biospecimens and personal health-related information are used ethically and optimally for research purposes.
Module 4 - Facility Design and Safety
This module provides you with information on the fundamental physical components of a biobank facility. It also covers the importance of biobank facility design and security in maintaining a safe environment.
Module 5 - Quality Management and Process Improvement
This module provides general information on the importance of quality management and process improvement for biobanks.
Module 6 - Informed Consent
The purpose of this module is to identify and describe processes related to informed consent in the biobank setting.
Module 7 - Biospecimen Collection and Processing
This module provides an overview of the types of biospecimens commonly collected and stored in a biobank and the procedures involved in biospecimen collection and processing.
Module 8 - Biospecimen Storage and Distribution
This module provides an overview of proper biospecimen storage, retrieval and sample distribution procedures for a biobank.
Module 9 - Data Systems and Records Management
This module provides an overview of the types of data systems and records management systems used for storing biospecimen data.

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