McCall Workshop at ISBER

Dr. Shannon McCall, Director of the Biospecimen Repository and Processing Core (BRPC), co-presented a workshop entitled, “Uniting Silo’ed Biobanks in Your Organization: Practical Guidance from the Duke University Experience” at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) annual meeting in Berlin, Germany on April 5, 2016. 

The BRPC is a tissue, blood, and fluid biorepository within the Department of Pathology and is a formal shared resource of both the School of Medicine and the Duke Cancer Institute.  At the heart of the BRPC is Dr. McCall’s IRB-approved protocol for research tissue donation.  Her team has coordinated the consent of over 2,600 patients at Duke who were willing to donate some of their cancer tissue to research through her central biobanking resource.  As a shared resource, the BRPC also provides direct support for the human tissue needs of Duke clinical trials.  Her biobank has been College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited since 2013 and has an excellent working relationship with the Clinical and Anatomic Pathology Laboratories at Duke.  This partnership supports biobanking with simultaneous protection of patient care.    

Dr. McCall spoke to the international audience about the options for a shared broad consent protocol, as well as physical, virtual, or informatics-based mergers that exist in academic organizations.  As the BRPC continues to expand, Dr. McCall is currently navigating this path with disease-specific Department of Surgery biobanks such as the Human Heart Repository and the Abdominal Transplant Repository.