Clinical staff members from Qatar Biobank at Luxembourg

Clinical staff members from Qatar Biobank were given the opportunity to participate in a prestigious international biobanking training course in Europe.

The course, the ‘Certificate on principles of biobanking for clinical, biological and environmental biospecimens and bioresources’ took place in Luxembourg and was co-organised by the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL) and the University of Luxembourg. Qatar Biobank staff members were provided with a wider perspective on the financial, legal and ethical aspects of biobanking.

Head of Clinical Services at Qatar Biobank, Fatima Qafoud, said:

I relished the experience to hear from other biobanks on the challenges they face as we can apply these learnings in our work. The practical training reiterated the importance of the validation process in research which requires us to continuously check that we have collected the right samples in the right containers and adhered to the right processes in the lab.’

Other areas covered in the professional development course included the storage, processing and quality control of biological samples, together with practical sessions in IBBL’s laboratories. The sessions helped Qatar Biobank staff members ensure that the data they collect in the future is fit for purpose.

Qatar Biobank’s Managing Director, Dr Hadi Abderrahim, said:

At Qatar Biobank, we are dedicated to exchanging knowledge and expertise with the international biomedical research community and ensuring the continued professional development of our staff…participating in cutting edge training is integral to ensuring Qatar will become further known as a hub for scientists and researchers.’

Participants from more than 10 different countries including Qatar, Australia, Germany and Kenya, all travelled to Luxembourg to attend the only continuing professional development course of its kind in the world.

The certificate achieved by Qatar Biobank staff members is endorsed by the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories, the largest international forum addressing technical, legal, ethical, and managerial issues relating to biobanking, and a division of the American Society for Investigative Pathology.

For more information, visit Qatar Biobank’s website.