ISBER 2019 Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking – Marianna Bledsoe

This award is sponsored by Worthington Industries.

Marianna is an independent consultant on biobanking and research regulatory and policy issues.  She is also Deputy Editor for the journal, Biopreservation and Biobanking. She currently chairs the ISBER Scinece Policy Advisory Committee and is also a member of the ISBER ISO TC 276 Taskforce.

Involved in biobanking for more than 20 years, Marianna provided scientific direction and oversight for numerous biobanks at the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  As Deputy Associate Director of the Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination Program in the Office of Science Policy, Office the Director, National Institutes of Health, she participated in the development of federal policies and educational documents related to biobanking, genomic data sharing, privacy and confidentiality, and health information technology.  Marianna has taught and presented nationally and internationally on research ethics and biobanking issues and has contributed to the development of national and global biobanking policies and guidance.  These included the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections recommendations on specimen research, the Council of Europe Recommendations on Human Biological Materials(2006), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines on Human Biobanks and Genetic Research Databases, the NCI Best Practices for Human Specimen Resources and the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Best Practices for Repositories.

Marianna was ISBER President from 2007 – 2008.  In 2011, she identified the need to provide a voice for the perspectives of the ISBER membership and the Society on policy issues related to biological and environmental repositories across the globe. In response, ISBER established the ISBER Science Policy Advisory Committee in 2011 with global ISBER member representation.  The Committee serves as an active forum for communication on regulatory and policy issues between biobankers, ethicists, legal professionals, and policy makers. Under her leadership, the ISBER Science Policy Committee has submitted more than 15 policy statements or comments to national and international organizations world-wide.

Recently, Marianna has also participated in the development of biobanking standards, including ISO 20387, Biotechnology — Biobanking — General requirements for biobanking.  She received the ISBER Distinguished Leadership and Service Award in 2012, and ISBER Special Act or Service Awards in 2013, 2015 and 2018.   Marianna received her Masters degree in organic Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.

ISBER 2019 Founder’s Award – William Grizzle

This award is sponsored by MVE Chart.

Dr. Grizzle has an AB honors degree (Chemistry and Physics) from Harvard University and Ph.D. (Biophysics) and M.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and is Professor of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He served as Head of the Autopsy Section at the UAB and VA hospitals in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1990-2000 and has been Head of the Program in Translational Research in Neoplasia of the Department of Pathology since 2000. His current research interests include fatty acids in cancer; validation of molecular biomarkers; exosomes and post-transcriptional regulation; molecular imaging, especially multispectral optoacoustic tomography; and biorepository sciences.

Dr. Grizzle has been Director of the Tissue Collection and Banking Facility at UAB since 1983 and was the principal investigator of the Southern Division of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) from 1987-2019 and Director of the Biorepository of the Pulmonary Hypertension Breakthrough Initiative from 2006-2019.  He is a frequent consultant for national and international biorepositories and governmental agencies. He considers the education of biorepository personnel a key area of his work and presents national and international workshops on factors affecting and limiting the use of human tissues in research and histochemical and immunohistochemical staining. Together with his colleague, Ms. Katherine Sexton, he presents national and international workshops on the Design and Operations of Biorepositories. He is a founding member of the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), and he is a former council member and former President of ISBER. He received the ISBER Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking in 2015.  He was a trustee of the Biological Stain Commission (BSC) from 1992-2017 serving as President (2000-2004) and Vice-President (1996-2000). In 2017, he became a trustee emeritus.

Dr. Grizzle served as a Senior Editor of Clinical Cancer Research from 2010 to 2017 and on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. Currently, he is on the editorial boards of Biopreservation and Biobanking, Biotechnic & Histochemistry and Clinical Cancer Research, and is an Associate Editor of Cancer Biomarkers. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.

ISBER 2019 Distinguished Leadership & Service Award – Daniel Simeon-Dubach

Daniel Simeon-Dubach, MD, MHA is the owner of medservice, biobanking consulting & service in Walchwil, Switzerland. For over 12 years he has been working in biobanking. His focus is on biobank business planning, governance & sustainability, biobank standards and collaboration between science and biomedicine. He was co-organizer and co-chair of several symposia on sustainability at ISBER Annual Meetings and other meetings in the past. He co-organized the first global biobank business planning survey. He organizes workshops for biobankers on how to draft a biobank business plan. He chairs the ISBER Standards Committee, which oversees updates to ISBER best practices and develops tools to improve and standardize modern biobanking. He is section editor for biobanking management of “Biopreservation and Biobanking” and member of the editorial board of “Synergy”.

ISBER 2019 Travel Award – Anna Pidubbna

Anna Piddubna received her MD degree at Sumy State University in 2010 and her PhD degree in 2013, focusing on HIV infection. She joined the Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology of Sumy State University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2013, where she was project owner of SSU HIV Research Biobank and an attending physician in the Clinic of Infections. From 2019 she involved in the biorepositary field at ukrainian human biospeciment CRO East West Biopharma. Dr. Piddubna held fellowships from European AIDS Clinical Society and International AIDS Society in 2015-2017.

ISBER 2019 Special Service Award – Monique Albert

Monique Albert is the Director of the Ontario Tumour Bank at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto, Canada. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the biobanking, health research and pharmaceutical sectors, having held a number of leadership and research roles at OICR, MaRS, the STTARR Innovation Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Microarray Centre (both at University Health Network) and in the corporate sector at Cangene Corporation and Affinium Pharmaceuticals. Academic background combines a M.Sc. in Biological Sciences with a Project Management Professional designation and certification. A believer in the importance of biobanking to the research community, Ms. Albert serves as the ISBER Director-at-Large, Americas, and volunteers in a number of additional roles, including as Chair of the ISBER Internal Audit Tools Taskforce reporting to the Standards Committee. She also had the privilege of co-chairing the Program Committee for the ISBER 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto.

ISBER 2019 Special Service Award – Bill Mathieson

Bill initially studied biology at King`s College London, then did an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and finally a PhD at the University of York, UK. He starting working for Professor Gerry Thomas at Imperial College London in 2008, whereupon he developed an interest in Biobanking and Biospecimen Science as a consequence of her involvement with the Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank, the Chernobyl Tissue Bank and the Wales Cancer Bank. In 2013 he moved to the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg, where he works for Dr Fay Betsou, focusing on Biospecimen Science research. He is a member of the ISBER Biospecimen Science Working Group, is European Editor of Biopreservation and Biobanking and serves on the Scientific Review Board for the Wales Cancer Bank.

ISBER 2019 Special Service Award – Alison Parry-Jones

Alison Parry-Jones (BSc, MA, PhD, MRSC) is the Manager of the Wales Cancer Bank (WCB). She is responsible for the day to day running of the biobank and is based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, UK. She is the Designated Individual on the WCB licence issued by the Human Tissue Authority and is therefore responsible for governance and compliance across all WCB sites in Wales. She has extensive project management experience in academia and is a PRINCE2 registered practitioner. Her background is in analytical chemistry and before moving into project management she worked in bioanalytical laboratories specialising in phase I and II clinical research. In 2012 she completed an MA in Medical Ethics and Law. She is the Director-at-Large for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for ISBER, and was a Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the ISBER 2017 annual conference in Toronto. She is one of two UK representatives on the common service ELSI team for the European BBMRI consortium and is a member of the Steering committee for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, as well as being a member of the Marble Arch international biobank leaders group.

ISBER 2019 Special Service Award – Catherine Seiler

Cathy Seiler, PhD is the Sr. Manager of Biosample Operations at Kaleido Biosciences in Lexington MA. Dr. Seiler received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). After her postdoc also at CSHL, she has held various roles managing biobanks including the PlasmID repository in the Harvard Institute of Proteomics, the DNASU plasmid repository at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, and most recently, the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute where she also served as a Vice Chair for the hospital’s Institutional Review Board. An active ISBER member since 2009, she’s the current Chair of the Communications Committee and the ISBER New Blog Editor.

ISBER 2019 Special Service Award – Xiaoyan Zhang

Member of the standing committee of the branch of Biobank of China medicinal biotech association.

General secretary of the National Technical Committee 559 on Bio-specimen of standardization Administration of China (SAC/TC559).

Scientific research management department of the National Engineering Center for Biochip at Shanghai.

Director of China medicinal biotech association.

Member of the standing committee of the branch of bio-diagnostic technology of China medicinal biotech association.