(Free and Certifying)
Biobanks are entities ensuring the governance, management and conservation of biological resources, living cells, viruses, bacteria and fungi, the genome of various organisms, etc….The objective of biobanks is to conserve these resources in the best possible conditions in order to maintain their integrity and to make them available both to the scientific community to advance research and knowledge worldwide, but also to companies to facilitate the development of innovative drugs, vaccines or diagnostic tests.
Biobanks have become essential for the development of genomics and personalized medicine. As a result, they have to meet the highest criteria of expertise and quality and are subject to international regulations. Biobanks combine the equipment allowing the conservation in optimal conditions of biological resources and the database making it possible to identify each preserved object. In this MOOC, the organizational aspects of sampling, collection, transport and conservation of different biological resources, which vary depending on the material considered, are discussed, as well as the organization and management of a biobank and its equipment. Peculiarities of human sampling and of the conservation and utilization of human samples is approached. Several sessions are devoted to the quality control of these biobanks to meet international regulations. Ethical and safety issues, especially in the presence of the conservation of highly pathogenic materials and in the presence of an acute health crisis are developed. The management of a biobank, including automation and the Laboratory Information Management System are described. Finally, legal and organizational issues related to the provision and the use of conserved biological resources for scientific research and / or industrial innovations are addressed.
This MOOC, which will start on June 1, 2021 (registrations possible until July 27, 2021), is directed by Mery Pina, Deputy Head of the CRBIP (Biological Resource Center of the Institut Pasteur) and Marie-Noëlle Ungeheuer coordinator of the ICAReB platform (ClinicalInvestigation and Access to BioResources) of Institut Pasteur. We wish it brings you all you wanted to know about biobanking. This MOOC is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and PhD biology students, medical doctors, teachers, researchers and all those who want to learn what are biobanks and how they have to be managed. A good scientific background is recommended to follow this MOOC. This MOOC is organized in 4 chapters. Each chapter is composed of 5 to 9 sessions. In each session, you will find an 8 to 15 minute-long video and a multiple choice question test to help you to check your understanding. There are 10 to 20 multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter depending upon the number of sessions, and a certification exam. The videos are in English, subtitled in English, French and Spanish. The certification exam can be taken in English, in French or in Spanish.
This MOOC is part of the Online Diploma of infectious Diseases of the Institut Pasteur DNM2IP.