Dr. Balwir Matharoo-Ball, the new ESBB President for 2017-2018

Dr Balwir Matharoo-BallWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Balwir Matharoo-Ball is the new President of ESBB for 2017-2018. MEDEORA was there and the Global Biobank Week (GBW) organised in partnership with ISBER, BBMRI and ESBB in Stockholm, Sweden was a record setter. The attendance was phenomenal with 855 registered delegates, and record 343 abstracts submitted, 12 travel fellowships supported from LMIC, 432 delegates attending the Networking dinner and a record 200 people attending the pre-conference workshops. An amazing event in a perfect location!

"It was a delight and pleasure to be Co-Chair representing ESBB with Marianne Henderson from ISBER for our first GBW. The scientific programme was truly global representing all continents and let’s not forget the most awesome key note ever from Greg Simons a true inspiration that none of wanted to stop him speaking! We can truly be proud to be of ESBB as alongside our partners we have set a record in the International Biobanking arena which we need to maintain going forward.

I want to thank the help and support of our wonderful outgoing President Prof. Elke Smits who has made my incoming as President a little easier. I also want to personally congratulate and welcome the new in-coming members firstly to Prof. Jens Habberman who is now President Elect, Ronny Barber as Treasurer, Jeanne-Hélène di Donato as Secretary, Kirstin Goldring, Maimuna Mendy and Sofie Bekaert as new Council members.

I pledge to work with you all to ensure we have a Society to be proud of and one that can make a difference in international Biobanking. I will also work closely with the Chairs of the working groups to be more active and produce key papers that will benefit our ESBB members. Lastly the members of ESBB please be assured you can contact me personally if you have any ideas, issues or just want to say hello. I again will work with you and for you to ensure that ESBB has the international visibility and presence that we have achieved after GBW 2017.

Thank you for your help and support!
Dr. Balwir Matharoo-Ball"

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