About GBN

Organisational structure

The Steering Committee and the Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board support the successful operation of the research infrastructure.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) supports the German Biobank Node (GBN) in the implementation of the work programme and ensures that the biobanks of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) cooperate effectively. The committee decides on all matters of the GBA and shapes the strategic orientation. In the past, the SC was composed of the heads of all partner biobanks of the GBA and the IT development centres, as well as Prof. Dr. Michael Hummel for GBN. Due to the strong growth in the number of biobank partners since 2019, the SC decided during its meeting in December 2020 to reduce the size of the committee.

Since January 2022, the Steering Committee has twelve members: Prof. Dr. Michael Hummel, head of German Biobank Node (GBN), and the biobank representatives Dr. Heidi Altmann, Dr. Gabriele Anton, Dr. Daniel Brucker, Prof. Dr. Thomas Illig, Prof. Dr. Roland Jahns and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Nieters. Speakers for the work areas are Dr. Ronny Baber (Stakeholder Engagement and Communication), PD Dr. Michael Kiehntopf (Quality Management), Prof. Dr. Martin Lablans (IT), PD Dr. Sara Nußbeck (Further Education) and Dr. Sabrina Schmitt (Quality Management).

Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board

The Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board (SEAB) has an advisory role in accompanying the activities of GBN and GBA while supporting the Steering Committee in strategic issues for the implementation of the work programme. The SEAB is an independent committee comprising leading international scientists and experts who act independently of their organisational affiliation.

The Scientific Advisory Board is composed of the following representatives: Dominic Allen, Christopher Baum, Fay Betsou, Johann Eder, Stefanie Houwaart, Kristian Hveem, Morris Swertz, Jochen Taupitz and Kurt Zatloukal.



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