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The Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) and the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) are closely linked. For example, Dee McGarvey, CHTN Eastern Division Coordinator, prepared two ISBER webinars on Best Practices, one on Safety and another on Specimen Collection and Processing.

Members of the CHTN divisions are participating in several ISBER activities at this week’s 2017 Annual Meeting of ISBER in Toronto, Canada (May 9-12). CHTN members attending and participating in this week’s activities include:

  • Dee McGarvey, CHTN Eastern Division Coordinator
  • Zack Von Menchhofen, CHTN Eastern Division IT Representative
  • Craig Rumpel, CHTN Mid-Atlantic Division Coordinator
  • Dr. Leona W. Ayers, CHTN Midwestern Division Principal Investigator
  • Randy Mandt, CHTN Midwestern Division Coordinator
  • Dr. William E. Grizzle, CHTN Southern Division Principal Investigator
  • Kathy C. Sexton, CHTN Southern Division Coordinator

CHTN members are also involved with various ISBER committees including the following:

  • Dee McGarvey – Member of ISBER Education and Training Committee
  • Dr. William Grizzle is the Chair of the ISBER Governance Committee and a member of the following committees:
    • ISBER Publications Committee
    • ISBER Science and Policy Committee
    • ISBER Biospecimen Working Group
    • ISBER Marble Arch Working Group
    • Dr. Grizzle is also on the Biopreservation and Biobanking Editorial Board
    • Kathy Sexton – Member of ISBER Education and Training Committee and ISBER Finance Committee. Kathy is also an ex-officio member of the ISBER Program Committee and ISBER Organizing Committee. Ms. Sexton was also the Secretary to Board of Directors from 2014-2017. Most notably, Kathy recently received the 2017 Distinguished Leadership and Service Award.

Poster and presentation this week by CHTN members are as follows:

  • The CHTN Midwestern Division will be presenting the following posters:
    • Prospective Biospecimen Resource: Subject Consent Types Approved for Procurement, 2016
    • Midwestern Cooperative Human Tissue Network (MW CHTN/NCI) Provides Investigator Requested Custom Biospecimen Preparation and Preservation Types, 2016
  • The CHTN Southern Division (William Grizzle, Dennis Otali, Kathy Sexton, Daniel S. Atherton) will be presenting the following Podium Presentation: Effects of Cold Ischemia on Research Using Human Tissues
  • The CHTN Southern Division (Bill Grizzle (Dennis Otali, Kathy Sexton) will also be leading the following ISBER Workshops this week:
    • Educational Workshop 2 – “Limitations Affecting the Use of Human and Animal Tissues in Research: What the Literature Tells Biorepositories”
    • Educational Workshop 4 – “Commercialization and ABS Part 1: Public and Community Perspective on Sample Use” and “The Importance of Commercial Use of Human Tissues“ by Dr. Grizzle
    • Educational Workshop 7 – “Commercialization and ABS Part 2: Private and Legal Perspectives and Commercialization Use Cases” Including Dr. Grizzle in the Panel of Discussants

Other CHTN upcoming educational activities include the following:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Joins Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) to Co-Host Leading Biobanking Conference in Nashville

NEEDHAM, Mass. – March 13, 2017-PRLog – Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), a leading provider of healthcare, technology and life science conferences, Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) Western Division and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data and Research Support Center for the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, are pleased to announce Leaders in Biobanking Congress: Advancing Personalized Medicine – One Patient Biospecimen at a Time this October 25-27 in Nashville, TN.

Author: 
Dr. William E. Grizzle