The goal of our workshops is to train, educate and support researchers and biobankers. These are held 1-2x annually in conjunction with national or regional research meetings. A list of some past workshops is provided here for reference and future workshop dates will be posted here as dates/locations are determined.

Workshop Introduction to the Biobank Resource Centre; 2) Pathology Lab Orientation; 3)Ethical and legal issues in biobanking
Date May 16th and 17th, 2019
Location Latin-American Symposium; Barretos Cancer Hospital – Barretos, Brazil
More Information Overview of tools relevant to biobanking as well as best practices for the collection of clinical samples for biobanking and ELSI guidelines pertinent to use of biospecimens in the research setting.
Workshop Canadian Pathology Research Support
Date October 6, 2019
Location BCSLS Congress – New Westminster, BC
More Information This workshop will present the process and core components of the Canadian Pathology Research Support Program.
Workshop ISBER Best Practices, Recommendations for Repositories 4th edition update
Date May 22, 2018
Location ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits, Dallas, USA
More Information Overview of updates to the 4th edition of the ISBER Best Practices
Workshop Education Supporting Biobank Quality
Date April 6, 2016
Location ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits, Berlin, Germany
More Information A workshop on education that supports biobank quality programs
Workshop Biobanking and pathology: supporting health research through biospecimen collection, storage and annotation
Date Oct 1, 2016
Location BCSLS Congress, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
More Information This workshop discussed how biobanking operates and integrates with pathology clinical workflow
Workshop Your Biobank User Fees: theory, practice and determining your potential user fees with the use of the Biobank Resource Centre user fee calculator
Date SATURDAY May 9, 2015 (8:30am - 9:30am)
Location Phoenix (Arizona), USA
Speaker Lise Matzke (Canada), Daniel Simeon-Dubach (Switzerland), Marianne Henderson (USA), Sindy Babinszky (Canada)
More Information ISBER 2015 Program template
Workshop Legacy Planning for Biobanks and Biospecimen Collections
Date SATURDAY May 9, 2015 (9:45am - 10:45am)
Location Phoenix (Arizona), USA
Speaker Lise Matzke (Canada), Benjamin Fombonne (USA), Helen Moore (USA)
More Information ISBER 2015 Program template
Workshop Biospecimens: Where can I find them, how will I know if they are any good, and why should I care?
Date May 9 2014
Location TFRI AGM meeting, Montreal, QC

CTRNet Workshop on how to find the right biospecimens.

Workshop The Key to Success in Cancer Research: Identifying and Accessing the Right Biospecimens
Date November 3rd
Location Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

CTRNet National Biobanking Workshop - 2013
The Key to Success in Cancer Research: Identifying and Accessing the Right Biospecimens

Workshop National Standards for Biobanks
Date April 25th-26th
Location Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, AB

CAREB - ACCER 2013 National Conference and Annual General Meeting

Date September 8th-10th
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba

The objective of this workshop was focused on training and education of the next generation of researchers, who wish to access and use biospecimens from a biobank. This workshop reviewed the CTRNet "Overview of Research Biobanking" course and covered topics such as: Governance, Facility Design, Quality Management, Ethics, Informed Consent, Biospecimen Collection and Processing, Biospecimen Storage and Retrieval, and Data Systems. The target audience was graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other trainees as well as end user researchers (clinical and basic). At the end of this workshop it was expected that one would have a clear understanding of the life cycle of biospecimens, and the important factors in biospecimen quality control and analysis.

Lectures were delivered by experts in the biobanking field:
  • Dr. Brent Schacter
  • Dr. Peter Watson
  • Dr. Sambasivarao Damaraju
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson
  • Dr. Lois Shepherd
  • Dr. Leigh Murphy
Workshop Biobank Certification workshop
Date Jan 27-28 2011
Location Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver BC

CTRNet Workshop to plan and design a national certification program.