ELSI Webinar: Biobanking with children

On Wednesday 17 March 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 CET

Biobanking with children is a practical vector of empowerment and engagement. Without having to expose the minor participants to possible clinical risks, it provides understanding of the biomolecular turn of research and medicine, emphasises the impact of genetic knowledge on the life of each child and on society in general, and expands the collaborative horizon at stake.  

However, it offers challenges as it poses specific ethical issues in relation to assent, consent and re-consent and therapeutic misconception, while it asks for a rethinking of the processes of data sharing and disclosure of results within a rights horizon, tailored to children. 

Moreover, as a vulnerable population, minors must be adequately protected, at the same time they need to be recognised and included as valuable participants throughout the biobanking process. As children grow and mature, so must the attitude of all the players (parents, guardians, teachers, researcherssuch that a dynamic sense of empowerment is fostered and maintained in the biobanking community and the society it serves. 

What’s in it for me? 

You will learn about: 

  • An outline of the regulatory background 
  • Ethical issues specific to biobanking from children 
  • Data sharing and children’s rights  

You will understand: 

  • The need to change biobanking processes & attitudes in all players involved in biobanking with children
Speakers: Sara Casati, PhD & MD in Bioethics, EMM in Research Infrastructures. Bridget Ellul MB.ChB., MRCPath., FRCPath.

More details and register by link https://www.bbmri-eric.eu/news-events/bbmri-elsi-webinar-biobanking-with-children/