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The Future of Biobanking

The Future of Biobanking
The conference is arranged by LUPOP, The national biobank of Denmark, The University of Copenhagen, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, and Medicon Village.


The importance of biobanks as a nexus for the development of future diagnostics and treatments in healthcare is becoming increasingly obvious. Increasingly biobanks are emerging as the backbone of medical research, yet the full potential of biobanks has yet to be reached. This conference is organized around the theme of the future of biobanks. The talks will seek to go beyond the current “state-of-the-art” and examine where Biobanking is going in the future. The sessions and talks will focus on the immense possibilities that biobanks and their related research field hold for the future of healthcare innovation and the ways in which diagnostics and treatments are made more effective and safer. The conference will also highlight the role of technology in improving public trust and transparency in the collection and management of big data in relation to Biobanking.

Programme Wednesday November 13 and Thursday November 14

Wednesday November 13

13:00-13:15 Welcoming words from organizers and Medicon Village
13:15-13:45 Understanding pregnancy using biobanks (Bjarke Feenstra, Statens Serum Institut)
13:45-14:15 Danish research data strategy (Bettina Lundgren, National Genome Center)
14:15-14:45 Biobank Norway - clinical and population based biobanking from a Norwegian perspective (Kristian Hveem, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
14:45-15:00 Danish Biobank Register – collected overview of 25 million biological samples in Danish biobanks (Bart Wilkowski, Danish National Biobank)
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Mega-scale conversion of biological samples to useful data (Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Statens Serum Institut)
16:00-16:20 Psychiatry: Use of the Danish National Biobank to solve major health problems (Michael Christiansen, Statens Serum Institut and University of Copenhagen)
16:20-16:40 Biobanking enables evidence-based interpretation of ECGs and identification of cardiovascular risk factors (Jørgen Kanters, University of Copenhagen)
16:40-17:00 Karolinska Institutet Biobank (Mark Divers, Karolinske Institutet)
17:00 Networking dinner

Thursday November 14

9:00-09:10 Summary from previous day
9:10-9:30 Biobanks and national health data platforms (Aaro Tupasela, University of Copenhagen and University of Helsinki)
9:30-9:50 Pharma perspective on precision medicine (Birgitte Søgaard, Lundbeck)
9:50-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-10:40 Biobanking the dead to improve health for the living – the significance of lived lives (Paula Hedley, Statens Serum Institut)
10:40-11:00 Precision medicine and the patient perspective (Lars Werner, Psoriasis Association and Danish Patients)
11:00-11:20 Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (Jonas Björk, Lund University)
11:20-11:50 Round table discussions
11:50-12:00 Conclusions and wrapping up

Download the program as pdf.


13 November 2019 13:00 to 14 November 2019 12:00
Auditorium at Medicon Village, Scheeletorget 1, Lund
labo [at]

About the event

13 November 2019 13:00 to 14 November 2019 12:00
Auditorium at Medicon Village, Scheeletorget 1, Lund
labo [at]

E-mail: lupop [at] ed [dot] lu [dot] se

Project manager: Associate professor anna [dot] axmon [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Anna Axmon)

Director: Professor jonas [dot] bjork [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Jonas Björk)