Dear Café Scientifiquers, our next café will happen on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger’s Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Suzanne Vercauteren the Director of BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. Her topic will be:

Giving patients, the public, and health-care providers a voice in pediatric biobanking

Dr. Vercauteren is a hematopathologist and associate head of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. She obtained her MD and PhD at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and did her residency in hematological pathology at the University of British Columbia. Since 2013 Suzanne has been the director of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank, the first institutional pediatric biobank in Canada to allow for a standardized approach of patients and sample collections and ensuring high quality samples and data and reduce consent burden for patients. “My research includes ethical issues as well as public engagement and education in biobanking. I believe that a systematic approach for the collection of patient specimens and data is allowing groundbreaking research that can quickly be translated into improved diagnosis and clinical care in many areas of research.” She has published several papers regarding pediatric biobanking and consenting and is a member of the Canadian Tissue Repository Network Management Committee. She received several grants to study public perception on (pediatric) biobanking topics.


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