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2011 BRN Symposium


The National Cancer Institute Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR) presents the

4th Annual Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium:
Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science

March 28-29, 2011
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland

Important dates to remember:
* Registration closes on February 28, 2011
* Abstract Submissions are due by February 21, 2011
* Hotel cutoff date is March 7, 2011
A group of seven individuals at the BRN Symposium.

Symposium Goal:

Human biospecimens are the foundation of the translational research that will transform patient care. The primary goal of the symposium is to address the:

  • Impact of preanalytical variations in collecting, handling, processing, and storing biospecimens on cancer research and molecular medicine
  • Advancements in biospecimen science aimed at minimizing the impact of these variations

The meeting will feature expert presentations, interactive discussions and poster presentations from a broad range of stakeholders whose work involves biospecimens, including researchers, clinicians, industry representatives and patient advocates.

Featured topics:

  • Developing metrics for biospecimen quality
  • Biospecimen Science and Molecular Diagnostics
  • Assessing the effects of biospecimen preanalytical variables on mRNA, miRNA, and proteins
  • Collection of high quality, well annotated normal tissues for molecular research
  • Tools for accessing published data in biospecimen science
  • Empowering community pathologists to improve biospecimen quality

This year’s speakers will include:

  • George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and Professor of Health Innovation, Arizona State University
  • Thomas Malone, Vice President, Transformation, College of American Pathologists
  • Carolyn Compton, Director, Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research, National Cancer Institute
  • Jennifer Hunt, Associate Pathologist and Associate Chief for Quality and Safety, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Please continue to check the 2011 BRN Symposium website for updates.