McCall Contributes to ISBER Best Practices

February 5, 2018
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Shannon McCall, MD, co-founder and director of the BioRepository And Precision Pathology Center (BRPC) shared resource at Duke Cancer Institute, has contributed to the 4th edition of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories’ (ISBER) Best Practices. Published on January 31, the guidance document reflects the collective experience of its members and has received broad input from repository professionals. 

McCall, who was appointed to the Standards Committee of ISBER in 2017, contributed to the sections on Quality Management; Specimen Collection, Processing, Receiving and Retrieval; and Legal and Ethical Issues for Biospecimens. It was her first time contributing to the publication.

“Biobanking is critical to clinical and translational research and was specifically highlighted in Vice President Biden’s Moonshot Initiative,” said McCall.

The BPRC shared resource that she oversees provides general blood/tissue biobanking and clinical trial support services to hundreds of research protocols. McCall also serves as vice-chair of the College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) Biorepository Accreditation Program Committee.