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Biobanking in the era of precision medicine
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3687-22-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 17/10/2022
Date and time14.11.2022, at: 09:00 - 18.11.2022, at: 17:00
Regular seats20
Course fee7,200.00 kr.
LecturersLasse Boding
Madeleine Ernst
ECTS credits3.50
Contact personAnne Møller    E-mail address: axm@ssi.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member universities. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member universities. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
1. Understand the many facets of modern biobanking and the link to personalised medicine
2. Be able to apply for required ethical and data approvals
3. Undertake a solid research project based on biobank samples
4. Discuss the ELSI aspects (ethical, legal and societal implications) of biobanking
5. See the patients perspective and how biobanking research impacts on the society

The objective of this 5-day PhD course is to give insights and later deepen the student’s understanding in the multidisciplinary world of biobanking. Offered from Copenhagen University and with the collaboration of Danish National Biobank, University of Helsinki and The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, the course aims to provide the students with a core set of tools to gain better understanding of the key role of biobanking in translational medicine.

The goal is to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the historical, philosophical, ethical, legal, social, technical and cultural aspects related to the collection, storage, use and dissemination of human biological samples and health information. After completion of the course the students will have a broad understanding of biobanking, as well as the challenges associated with collaboration between the different stakeholders. The course will also provide the students with the opportunity to network with students from other European countries, as well as with a broad spectrum of international speakers. The course also offers a site visit to the Danish National Biobank.

PhD students with an interest in biobanking, precision medicine and related research

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:
- All graduate programmes


5-day intensive seminar which includes a 2-day symposium and onsite visits. Assigned reading package, active participation in class discussions and working groups, course assignment in working group (oral presentation).

Course director
Lasse Boding, PhD, Head of Unit, Danish National Biobank, Statens Serum Institut, labo@ssi.dk

Lasse Boding, Head of Unit, Danish National Biobank, Statens Serum Institut
Eva Ortega-Paino, Research Director, Spanish National Cancer Institute
Aaro Tupasela, Docent, University of Helsinki
Peter Nilsson, Professor, Lund University
Mette Hartlev, Professor University of Copenhagen
Klaus Høyer, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Ruth Loos, Vice Executive Director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen
Aarno Palotie, Professor, Research Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland
Charlotte Cecil, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Department of Epidemiology. Erasmus Medical Centre, the Netherlands
Karina Meden Sørensen, Head of Section, Danish National Biobank, Statens Serum Institut
Marcus J. Herrgård, CTO, Bioinnovation Institute
Michaela Mayerhofer, Head of ELSI Services & Research, BBMRI-ERIC, Austria
Pilar Nicolás, Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Antti Piirainen, Head Of Communications, FINDATA, Social and Health Data Permit Authority, Finland
Alastair Kent, Patient advocacy
Lars Werner, Managing Director, Danish Psoriasis Association
Lisa Bredgaard, Head of Office, Danish Ministry of Health

14.-18. November 2022

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Please register before 17. October 2022

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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