Basic and Advanced Biorepository Training for SickleGenAfrica Laboratory Personnel


Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa


December 7, 2018

The Biorepository Core of SickleGenAfrica is located in the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria-H3Africa Biorepository (I- HAB) under the leadership by Prof. Alash’le Abimiku. The Core organized a three-day workshop for SickleGenAfrica laboratory personnel from 7th to Friday 9th November 2018.


I-HAB currently stores high-quality biological specimens for Human Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa) investigators in West Africa. The training was meant to prepare SickleGenAfrica laboratory staff to collect, process, quality control test, store and ship samples of high quality according to established international standards such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Society for Biological and Environmental Repository (ISBER)


A total of seven Laboratory personnel were trained. Three participants were from clinical sites in Ghana (Accra and Kumasi), one from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and three from Nigeria (Abuja, Kano and Lagos). The trainers consisted of a team of five I-HAB staff. Training included didactic lectures, practical sessions and roundtable discussions. Trainees were exposed to hands-on demonstration and exercises, modules in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Sample management, H3Africa sample & data submission workflow, IATA complaint shipment, DNA extraction and Quality Control (QC), Temperature monitoring of environs and shipment.


Modules covered during didactic session included; Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Sample management, H3Africa sample & data submission workflow, IATA complaint shipment, DNA extraction and QC, Temperature monitoring of environs and shipment, ELSI issues associated with biobanking, IATA regulations, whole blood sample collection, plasma and serum processing and QC, processing of buffy coat, and demonstration on packaging of samples for shipment.


Trainees participated in pre and post- tests. The training ended with IATA certification of participants on shipping infectious biological substances and deposition of highly qualified biospecimen for future research.

Participants on Day 1
Clinical Research Coordinator and Lab Technician demonstrating separation
Laboratory practical session
SIte Coordinator addressing the visitors


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School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences.

University of Ghana,

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SickleGenAfrica is funded by NIH Common Fund Award / NHLBI Grant Number U54HL141011

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