Vancouver, BC, Canada (PRWEB) May 27, 2014
The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) welcomed nearly 675 participants from 34 countries at the ISBER 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits, held May 20-24, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA. The ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits is the premier event in the field of repository and specimen management.
The theme of the ISBER 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits program was ‘Fact not Fantasy: Evidence-Based Biobanking’ – and included 6 symposia comprised of 2 joint sessions with the Society of Cryobiology, 4 contributed paper sessions, abstract presentations, special topic sessions, as well as interactive discussions. The major focus was evidence-based biobanking from collection to use and highlighted unique and interdisciplinary best practices of both human and environmental repositories with regard to sample integrity, availability, interrogation and reliability of results. All accepted abstracts are available in the April/May issue of the ISBER journal, Biopreservation and Biobanking. Other activities included special topic sessions, working group meetings, networking receptions and 5K fun run.
The ISBER 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits included an exciting and engaging exhibit hall with 68 exhibitors in 79 exhibit booths – the largest exhibit hall in ISBER history. ISBER is pleased to announce that the peer-selected ISBER Outstanding Product Award was HEMAgene™ BUFFY COAT by DNA Genotek Inc.
ISBER acknowledged various successful leaders at the ISBER 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits, per the following peer-selected awards: ISBER Distinguished Leader and Service Award – Rita Lawlor (Italy); ISBER Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking – Yeonhee Lee (South Korea); ISBER Special Service Award – Peter Watson (Canada) and Brent Schacter (Canada); and the ISBER Travel Award – Sureyah Nassimbwa (Uganda).
ISBER looks forward to continued success of the ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits in 2015, to be held May 5-9, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
To learn more about ISBER and its international activities, please visit: http://www.isber.org.