In collaboration with B3Africa, BBMRI-ERIC will organise a roundtable in Brussels on 5th April 2017 to explore how to develop health research collaboration with African partners in order to address global challenges.
The roundtable, entitled “Biobanking collaboration with Africa: BBMRI-ERIC’s contribution to health research capacity building in Africa”, will address two key themes. The first will be to explore and understand how to best develop collaboration to put in place and support capacity building for biobanking and biomolecular resources, based on the experience of BBMRI-ERIC and the B3Africa project.
The second theme will examine the aspect of data protection regarding the use of and access to data, relevant to biobanking. The references for this discussion will be the EU General Data Protection Regulation and its potential impacts on use of personal data as it pertains to biobanking collaboration with Europe’s partners in Africa. It will also consider the data protection situation in Africa.
The meeting will present case studies and examples of best practices, including the B3Africa initiative, which combines African and EU capability in biobanking. The meeting will also develop input in advance of the EU-Africa Summit later this year.