Samples and sequences: reliable research through biobanking and literature screening

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About the talk: More than 50% of preclinical research investments have been estimated to support irreproducible research, where the largest contributing factors are problems with biological reagents and reference materials. This seminar will outline how quality biobanking, through facilities such as the NSW Health Statewide Biobank, aims to improve downstream biomedical research quality and efficiency. We will also summarise the research of the PRIMeR group (Publication and Research Integrity in Medical Research) which focusses upon reagent fact-checking to analyse the reliability of published human gene research.

About the speaker

  • Jennifer Byrne is Director of Biobanking with NSW Health Pathology, and conjoint Professor of Molecular Oncology in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health. Jennifer trained in laboratory research at the University of Queensland and was a postdoctoral fellow in Strasbourg, France, before returning to Sydney.
    Jennifer Byrne is Director of Biobanking with NSW Health Pathology, and conjoint Professor of Molecular Oncology in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health. Jennifer trained in laboratory research at the University of Queensland and was a postdoctoral fellow in Strasbourg, France, before returning to Sydney. Jennifer has authored over 100 papers that have been cited over 3,400 times. She leads the PRIMeR group (Publication and Research Integrity in Medical Research) which is supported by NHMRC funding. She is based at the NSW Health Statewide Biobank in the Professor Marie Bashir Centre in Camperdown.