B3Africa News 2018-04

The eB3Kit Successfully Implemented at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

From 25-28 September 2018, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM) hosted a B3Africa workshop in Fajara, The Gambia. The objective of the workshop was to pilot the implementation of the B3Africa informatics platform, the eB3Kit, at the MRCG at LSHTM. The event gathered …

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Launch of the Biobank Learning Platform: Free Resources for Biobankers, Researchers, IT Specialists and More!

By Dominique Meunier, International Agency for Research on Cancer The Biobank Learning platform has been developed to host learning and training material developed over the course of the B3Africa project. It includes more than 80 learning resources covering six main categories: IT infrastructure for biobanks (the eB3Kit, the BIBBOX, the BCNet Catalogue); Sample and data …

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The Research Community Welcomes Galaksio, an Accessible and User-Friendly Interface to Run Galaxy Bioinformatics Workflows

By Tomas Klingström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden Galaksio has been very well received within the Galaxy community and it the reception of Galaksio on GCC/BOSC 2018 in Portland, Oregon (USA) was beyond our expectations. What Galaksio does is that it extracts the workflows available to a user on a Galaxy server and presents them in a …

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Ethical and Legal Guidange and Tools for Sample and Data Sharing Within and Across Continents

By Olga Tzortzatou, Uppsala University, Sweden The B3Africa team working on ethical and legal issues (work package 1 – WP 1) elaborated a pathway to sample and data sharing across Africa and between Africa and Europe observing ethics and regulations for personal and scientific data protection (the Ethical and Legal Framework for the B3Africa Platform). This has been done through …

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The eB3Kit Boosts Bioinformatics and Improves Sample Annotation at Makerere University

By Gerald Mboowa, Makerere University, Uganda B3Africa has facilitated training in use of an internet-based bioinformatics platform (Galaxy – an open, web-based computational biomedical research server) as well as the implementation of Baobab Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for on-going projects at the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory at Makerere University. The eB3Kit, with its open source Baobab LIMS, has …

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Baobab LIMS: Gaining Interest Beyond the Project

By Dominique Anderson, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa Baobab LIMS has been gaining interest from a variety of laboratories and institutions. Various sites have been testing and implementing their workflows in Baobab LIMS and user feedback has provided the team with valuable information for enhancements such as the addition of …

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The “Use Case” Work Package: A Proof of Concept

By Roxana Merino Martinez,  Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Several activities have been carried out in collaboration with the rest of the work packages, to train and to bring support during the process of implementing the platform in the selected institutions. WP7 has been also coordinating the developer team of B3Africa project aiming at fulfilling common user …

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B3Africa Dissemination Activities: Highlights

In this final edition of the newsletter, it is a pleasure to share with you highlights of the dissemination work package (WP) and events that were undertaken by the B3Africa project. The activities were designed to target researchers, IT and ethics personnel and policy makers contacted through project specific events, workshops and international conferences, focusing on biobanking, biosecurity and research. We were successful in covering a range of interests from emerging infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases and cancer, dealing with all aspects of sample and data sharing from ethical and legal frameworks to quality management. Read more.

By Maimuna Mendy (mendym@visitors.iarc.fr)