OpenSpecimen Community Meet 2017 – OSCON17 Australia

We are proud to present the inaugural Australian Chapter of the OpenSpecimen Community Meet (OSCON17). This 1-day event has been designed specifically for users of OpenSpecimen as well as those looking to implement OpenSpecimen.

The event will involve presentations from the developers of OpenSpecimen and from biobankers who are using it.

What will you learn?

The aim of this event is to help OpenSpecimen adopters to tailor it to your specific requirements and exploit the full potential. The sessions will cover end user training, talks on integration and how other biobanks are using OpenSpecimen. It is also a chance to network with your biobanking peers from various institutes.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who uses OpenSpecimen including biobank managers, researchers and IT staff
  • Centers evaluating OpenSpecimen

Details at a glance

Date: Thursday 5th October 2017
Cost: FREE
Venue: Workshop 2, The Larwill, 48 Flemmington Rd, Parkville, VIC, 3052


For anyone coming from out of town, AXT has negotiated corporate rates.
This gives you access to rooms for $160-$180 per night depending on availability. To get this rate please quote the code “RCDINT” when making your booking.

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Openspecimen User Conference

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Photos from the 2nd AXT Biobanking Workshop in 2016

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Workshop Program

8.30 - 9.00amRegistration
9.00 - 9.15amWelcome AddressUmesh Nair
9.15 - 10.30amRecent Developments and Functional Upgrades
Major developments over the last year are described including new features and functionalities. New adopters are also outlined including why they chose OpenSpecimen.
Poornima Govindrao
10.30 - 11.00amCoffee break & networking
11.00 - 12.30pmTraining - Configuring of OpenSpecimen to Suit Your Workflow
Everyone’s workflow is different. We show you some tricks to help tailor OpenSpecimen to suit your specific requirements.
Poornima Govindrao
12.30 - 1.00pmWorking Lunch
1.00 - 1.30pmTraining – Report Generation and New Features
After your experiments have been completed OpenSpecimen helps to bring all the data together and generate reports. We show you how.
Poornima Govindrao
1.30 - 2.00pmTraining – New Features
TBD based on inputs from attendees
2.00 - 2.20pmASIG Joins the OpenSpecimen CommunityCandice Rabusa
2.20 - 2.40pmOpen Specimen - Our First 12 Months at HMRIDr Peter MacIsaac
2.40 - 3.00pmAn MCRI Update on Working with OpenspecimenPedro Ramos
3.00 - 3.15pmCoffee break & networking
3.15 - 4.00pmTraining - Integration with Other Databases
OpenSpecimen can integrate with other databases allowing you to pull in more data. E.g. REDCap, OpenClinica, EPIC, Cerner, etc. We give some examples and show how this can work for you.
Poornima Govindrao
4.00 - 5.00pmRound Table Discussion
The evolution of OpenSpecimen relies on your feedback. New features and future developments are described in a forum environment with the involvement of everyone present allowing you to help drive next stage.
Open Forum
5.00 - 6.00pmNetworking Event

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Poornima Govindrao Openspecimen

Poornima Govindrao
Krishagni Solutions/OpenSpecimen

Poornima Govindrao is the OpenSpecimen Product Manager at Krishagni Solutions, the developers of OpenSpecimen. She has been involved in OpenSpecimen since 2004 working with NCI (USA) and helping various biobanks across the globe adopt caTissue and OpenSpecimen.

Her current role includes client engagement, training, business analysis and defining product roadmap. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and 10+ years experience in enterprise software products specialising in the biomedical domain.

Candice Rabusa St Vincents Hospital

Candice Rabusa
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Candice is a data analyst who works as a Project Officer for the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group (ASIG), located at St Vincent’s Hospital where she runs the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study (ASCS). This longitudinal study uses a web-based platform to screen for heart and lung complications as a service to patients with scleroderma and their rheumatologists. The study also collects sera and DNA from patients in order to indicate that disease is present or help predict how severe the disease will be in the future and to explore links between the genes and disease progression.

To date, ASCS has collected around 15,000 samples from its patients, is ever expanding and has already outgrown its good old Access database! Combined with growing research interest on scleroderma, managing the data related to the sample collection has turned into a complex problem.  The search for a more robust database to handle the collection brought Candice to the land of OpenSpecimen. Please refer to the talk for the rest of the story.

Dr Peter MacIsaac HMRI

Dr. Peter MacIsaac
Hunter Medical research Institute

Dr Peter MacIsaac is a doctor and clinical informatics specialist working at Hunter Medical Research Institute and Hunter New England Healthcare.  His role is to support researchers with access to data and information systems support needed.  He speaks 4 languages other than English:  Healthcare,  Research,  Administration/Policy  and Computer.  At HMRI he is the business support resource for OpenSpecimen and will be speaking about their experience of adopting OS over the past 12 months.

Pedro Ramos from MCRI

Pedro Ramos
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Pedro has held positions in a variety of medical and research institutions, including McGill University, Sullivan Nicolaides, the Red Cross Blood Service, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and is currently the Biobank Coordinator at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His primary interest is in strengthening the bridge between biobanks and researchers.