19 September 2018
Organised by Health First Europe and City-Labs
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 My City-Lab Talk Series 

Biobanking: indispensable tool or ethical concern?


Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 17.30 – 19.00
Io Sono Wine Bar (Rue du Trône 62, 1050 Bruxelles)

The purpose of this informal debate is to offer a real and dynamic discussion among key stakeholders and policymakers on to what extent clinical research and public health could benefit from biobanking and on the key ethical and technical challenges ahead.

Biobanks collect and store biological materials for use in research: human biological samples (e.g. blood, tissue or DNA) and related data represent key resources in unveiling genetic and environmental factors, underlying diseases and influencing their outcome. Ultimately, those data are considered as the essential raw materials for the advancement of biotechnology, life science, drug development and basically human health. However, Biobanks bring about important questions on privacy, research and medical ethics.

Keynote contributors

ANNA PIA PAPAGEORGIOU – Innovative tools, technologies and concepts in health research, European Commission
LAURENT DOLLÉ – BWB – Biobanks Wallonia-Brussels
FRANCESCO FLORINDI– BBMRI-ERIC Biobanking and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure




My City-Lab project – financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – aims to create new primary care structures, called City-Labs, integrating the innovation of laboratory medicine and mobile health.  The scope of the project is to facilitate access to laboratory tests as part of an integrated and collaborative approach to ambulatory care of a chronically ill individual, as well as to contribute to the dynamic monitoring of patients with chronic diseases.