Call for Abstracts: 1st Eastern and Central Africa Biobanking Symposium & Integrated Biorepository Inauguration

The Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences is organizing the  1st Eastern and Central Africa Biobanking Symposium will be taking place on the 17th of April 2020 in Davis Lecture Theatre (DLT) Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS).


The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Biobanking: A leap towards personalized medicine”.


A.      Biospecimen Research

A1 - Reproducibility in Research: Quality and Heterogeneity

A2 - Human Biomonitoring and Population-Based Health

A3 - FFPE utilization in research: BPs

A4 - Quality/Biospecimen Science


B.      ELSI (Ethical Legal and Social Implications)

B1 - Regulations on Biobanking - local and regional

B2 - Biobank Utilization & Valuation and Public Trust


C.      Informatics

C1 - Biobank Informatics and Datafication of Biospecimens

C2 - Big Data and Large Population Research

C3 - Biobank IT and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)


D.      Management

D1 - Sample Management & Biobanking Operations

D2 - Sustainability in Biobanking

D3 - Biobank Catalogues - Technical Operations

D4 - Biobank Catalogues: Metrics and Utility


E.       Hot topics

E1 - Precision medicine

E2 - Stem cell medicine


E3 - Biomarkers, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics

Abstract submission details 

1) Abstract 250 words max 

2) Submissions must be made in English only 

3) Pick a subtopic that is as applicable within the categories above. 

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Submit Abstracts Before 30th March 2020