Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ireland creating biobank for breast cancer patients

In order to better treat breast cancer patients, Ireland is asking all women diagnosed with breast cancer to donate a cells and a sample of their tissue to be housed in a biobank.  The Irish Cancer Society is will be funding the venture, which is believed to be the first of its kind, for five years.

According to the Independent, the goal is to be able to allow doctors to provide more targeted care for their patients. William Gallagher, head of the Breast Predict, believs this is a step in the right direction for treatment, stating, "The samples will be entered into a biobank and used for experiments to allow us to see if the patient is responding or not to treatment. We can look within the tumour."

Later this month at the upcoming Biorepositories and Sample Management Conference, we will shed light on a few other biobanking initiatives that will look at how doctors are using biobanks to better target treatment including Angela L. Britton of the NIH to discuss the NIH Common Fund’s Genotype Tissue Expression Program (GTEx).  Roberto Bilbao, Director, Basque Biobank for Research, Coordinator, Biopool Project and Francesco Moscone, Professor of Business Economics, Brunel Universitywill also be on hand to present Moving Towards European Connectivity: The BIOPOOL Experiment. For more information on these sessions, download the agenda.  The Biorepositories and Sample Management Event will take place in Boston this September 25-27, 2013.  As a reader of this blog, when you register to join us and mention code XP1898BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!

Could keeping a biorepository of samples throughout a patient's care lead to better care?  

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