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International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories ISBER 2013

05 May 2013 - 09 May 2013 - Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia



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The ISBER 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, conveniently located in the heart of the city within close proximity to Darling Harbour and many other major attractions. Plan now to attend this premier event in the field of repository and specimen management. Meet with your colleagues from around the world and view the latest technology and equipment in the specimen collection and repository industry!

Session topics are expected to cover, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Turning the World Upside Down: Cutting Edge Biorepository Developments
  • Emerging and Cross-Cutting Issues
  • New Biological Perspectives in Biospecimen Science
  • Securing Components of our Natural World
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Late Breaking International Policy Issues and Global Harmonization Efforts Related to Biobanking
  • The Nagoya Protocol and its Implications for Biobanks
  • Biobanking for Translational Science: Mobilizing Research Specimens from Bench to Bedside



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