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The Importance of Inventory Management: Do You Know Where Your Samples Are?

With the exciting advances in research and drug development, the importance of sample management has never been higher. If you have ever experienced sample management mishaps, we ask: Do you know where your samples are?

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Public..........

Cut It Out: The Role of Gene Editing Technologies in Combating HIV

HIV has been one of the largest public health challenges facing the world in the past few decades. Approximately 36.7 million people were infected with HIV, as reported by the World Health Organization, at the end of 2015. Despite the public attention and large population impacted by this virus, developing a cure for HIV has been particularly difficult. To successfully cure an infected individual the virus would need to be fully eradicated from their body, which is difficult because HIV is extraordinarily good at hiding in a person’s cells. In fact, part of the virus’ replication cycle is to insert itself into the host’s DNA. Once there, HIV appears to be undetectable and it can stay in the cells for the lifetime of the cell. In this state, the virus is termed “latent.”

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions, Topic: Public Healt..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research—A Summary of the Blog Series

Over the past year, we presented a series of blog posts on The Evolution of Public Health Research, our salute to a profession and area of study that has not only saved many, many millions of lives, but also dramatically improved the length and quality of life as well.

Content: eBook, Topic: Public Health Research, The..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research: The Next Frontier

In the first episode of our series, we looked at the cholera epidemic and how public health emerged as a corollary to the germ theory of disease. In this final episode, we arrive at what may be the next frontier in public health research, and once again we are chasing microbes.

Topic: Public Health Research, Content: Blog

Proposed Changes to Biospecimen Consent Requirements Dropped from the Revised Common Rule

If you are conducting biospecimen-based research, you are probably aware that on January 18, the long-anticipated revised Common Rule (Title 45 of the CFR, part 46, Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects) was posted to the Federal Register (for some background on the nature of these revisions, see my blog post).

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Public..........

Collaboration in Biopharma: Harnessing the Power of Cloud-based Technologies

From banking to e-commerce, cloud computing has transformed the landscape of the world economy. It is also gradually changing the face of the biopharma industry. In the scientific world, effective communication and collaboration are essential to successful outcomes. Although biopharma has been slower than some other industries to adopt cloud-based technologies, the field is increasingly relying on the cloud to advance scientific knowledge.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Content: Post..........

Biospecimen-Based Research and the 21st Century Cures Act

“God Willing, This Bill Will Save Lives.” So said Vice President Joe Biden, in sharing his thoughts on the potential ramifications of the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.6), made possible by the bipartisan leadership of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House on December 13th 2016.

Topic: Cell Therapy Solutions, Topic: GMP Biologic..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research: Malaria, Part 2

Malaria Elimination vs. Eradication, and Genetic Diversity vs. “Freezer Epidemiology”

It is because of its historic mission to eliminate malaria that the CDC is in Atlanta, Georgia. The agency is still deeply involved with the control of malaria, by providing technical assistance around the world, and continuing to protect the US population from the parasite. The CDC estimates that 1,500 people in the USA annually are infected with malaria while traveling, and the CDC tracks these cases and advises the medical community on accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Topic: Public Health Research, The Evolution of Pu..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research: Malaria, Part 1

Mosquitoes, the Military, and Why the CDC is in Atlanta

To most of us in the US, malaria is a health problem restricted to distant parts of the globe. Even in the international media, the disease receives little attention. However, it has only been since 1949 that Malaria was declared “eliminated” in the US.

Topic: Public Health Research, The Evolution of Pu..........

ISBER Regional Meeting: Quality Biobanking for Precision Research and Medicine

We are pleased to announce our participation at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) 2016 Regional Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on November 7-8. This year's theme, Quality Biobanking for Precision Research and Medicine, will focus on overcoming scientific, information technology and policy challenges. This regional event allows for greater opportunity for interactions between attendees and a focus on regional issues.

Topic: Biobanking and Biorepository, Topic: Public..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research: Heart Disease, Part 2

Smoking, Salt and the Downside of Success

In the past 55 years, death rates from cardiovascular disease have declined by 68 percent—a two thirds reduction in mortality. Over the same period of time, death from stroke has declined by more than three fourths.

Topic: Public Health Research, The Evolution of Pu..........

The Evolution of Public Health Research: Heart Disease, Part 1

How a Radio Game Show and a Town in Massachusetts Invented Biobanking and Redefined Public Health Research

Topic: Public Health Research, The Evolution of Pu..........