Second place for B3Africa

The B3Africa poster took the second place of the poster session at Europe Biobank Week 2016. Congratulations!


Europe Biobank Week 2016

The Europe Biobank Week 2016, organized by BBRMI-ERIC and ESBB is taking place from 13th to 16th of September in the Congress Center of Vienna.

Biobanking experts from around the world are coming together to discuss the present and future problems and developments of biobanking, personalized and precision medicine and more.

Here are some impressions:





New eB3Kit GUI Design

The development of the eB3Kit system is coming along nicely and our new GUI design will soon be released. You can get a first impression here:


First B3Africa Jamboree

At the  South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI)  University of the Western the first B3Africa Jamboree took place 3-6 May 2016. 


The jamboree had three parallel streams namely:

  • Implementing the first use case with Stellenbosch University (Bika.biobank),
  • eB3kit Catalogue and BiBBox – Tools integration
  • Bioinformatics workflows and omics data management

Here are some impressions from the B3Africa Jabmboree in Capetown. 





IT Tools for Biobanking Workshop (Innsbruck)

The first workshop on tools and architectural concepts for biobanking was held in Innsbruck in the context of Experts from Vienna, Carinthia, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz were discussing tools (Open Clinic, OpenSpecimen, REDCap and Phenotipps) and the BiBBoX architecture concept based on Docker.













BiBBoX was brought to attention as a cooperation effort also for the Austrian biobank and IT-experts.

BiBBoX system architecture

The BiBBoX system architecture is ready!


It handles

  • functionality for the deployment of software tools,
  • a central ID und user management,
  • and a user interface based on the Liferay portal.


further details can be found here

B3Africa Tools Workshop in Uppsala

A lot of softwaretesting had been done in the last months to provide an optimal framework for your future analyzes and examinations. Our tools shortlist is constantly being improved, expanded and verified. 


Furthermore BIBBOX was brought to Uppsala as part of the B3Africa workshop in December 2015, where its highlights, integration and capabilities were presented. 






More than fifteen participants attended the very successful workshop


Particularly magnificent is the accomplishment of the BIBBOX architecture, which deserves it's own entry.

New "Common Rules"

The rules for research using human subjects are currently updated by the U.S. federal government. Watch these videos from Vanderbilt Univeristy to get an overview about the expected changes.



B3Africa is on youtube

Impressions from the B3Africa kick-off including Interviews with Alash'le Abimiku and Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, the B3Africa project coordinator.


BIKA explained by Campbell McKellar

Campbell McKellar explains BIKA.lims and at the 2015 Plone Conference.


Teaming-up in Cyprus

BIBBOX members had a very fruitful meeting in Nicosia with our collaborators at the Cyprus University

The groups of Prof. Christos Schizas and Prof. Costas Pattichi are part of the Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome (CY-BIOBANK) project.

We discussed the integration of EHR tools and the setup of a pilot BIBBOX installation within the CY-BIOBANK project. 


From left to right: Heimo Müller,  Andry Michaelidou, Christos Schizas,  Ioannis Constantinou, Zinonas Antoniou, Costas Pattichi, Robert Reihs            

B3Africa started

B3Africa - Foundation of a global research infrastructure for biobanking

UWC’s South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) hosted the first meeting of the newly launched project B3Africa project on 24-25 August 2015.

B3 Africa – Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research across Europe and Africa – joins together eleven partners from African and European countries to develop a collaboration framework and an informatics infrastructure that will accelerate and facilitate biomedical research across the continents to address global health challenges together.  Via the Horizon 2020 work programme, the European Commission provides a budget of ~ 2 million Euro over a period of three years for the initiative.

Biological specimens have been collected for decades, but only since the late 1990s have biobanks become established in a more systematic way. Biobanks collect and store a variety of (mostly human) samples from tissue, cells, blood, saliva, plasma, or DNA. These samples are essential in biomedical research to understand disease mechanism and develop new therapies.

“Biobanking has volving rapidly in Africa – and specifically in South Africa,” explains SANBI Director Prbeen eofessor Alan Christoffels. “In this context, my laboratory has been working on laboratory information management systems and data standards, in partnership with open-source teams such as a BIKA LIMS and a repository run by Prof Akin Abayomi, based at the University of Stellenbosch.”

The rapidly-evolving African biobanks are invaluable for biomedical research because the African population has the greatest genomic diversity on the planet and represents an incredible resource of information to advance fundamental understanding of health and disease. The collaboration is expected significantly to improve and facilitate development of better predictive, preventive and personalized healthcare worldwide.

“The easy-to-use technical solutions will allow the participation of research from different regions regardless of their level of development and networking capabilities,” Christoffels notes, “and it will make it possible to include many research institutions as equal partners in a global effort to improve health and well-being.”





Building the BiBBoX Portal

We just startet in the setup of the new BiBBoX web portal, hosting all developments for the integration of biobank open source software in various projects. 
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