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IHVN Trains Clinicians in Biorepository Operations and Mgt

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To build the capacity of laboratory scientists and clinicians to provide standardized laboratory services for the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) study, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria has trained its staff and staff of the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC). The five-day training, which held at the NCDC office in Abuja, focused on bio-repository operations and management.

imagesIHVN Senior Program Officer & Lead NAIIS Biorepository, Ndidi Agala, stated that the training was at the request of NCDC who sought assistance with setting up of a world standard biorepository laboratory to carry out research and diagnostics during the NAIIS study and thereafter to serve Nigeria and other neighboring African countries.

Mrs. Agala said that participants are expected to utilize the knowledge gained in overseeing the receiving, processing and archiving of samples that would be brought in during the survey across the country. “The laboratory being set up is going to be fully equipped and would have the capacity that is equivalent to 10 world-standard laboratories. The facility would be able to store and maintain samples in perfect quality for over twenty years from now for the benefit of further research purposes”.

imagesAdama Ahmed, a Laboratory Epidemiologist from NCDC, who participated in the training, stated that she has learnt some important international storage and biorepository requirements, laws and ethics governing the operations of a bio-repository. “This training will definitely improve my work as a Bio-bank Focal Person especially when shipping infectious substances”.

Another trainee from IHVN, Andrew Aigboeghian said the training will enable him work effectively. “It has strengthened my confidence as I now know quality management system in relation to biorepository and how to handle large volume of samples with good archiving system”.

Earlier in the training, IHVN Director, Laboratory Services, Dr. Sam Peters, advised the trainees to see the training as an opportunity to serve their country and humanity. He urged them to be focused and put all that is learned to practice.

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