President's Welcome


Dear EATB member, dear colleague,

Welcome to the newly designed website of the European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB).

In November 2016, during our annual congress in Hannover (Germany), our association celebrated its 25th anniversary. There, it was also agreed that the Association should be renamed “European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks (EATCB)”, as “cell banking activities” should also be reflected in the Association’s name. The renaming of the Association is currently awaiting German court approval.

With this initiative, Artur Kaminski (EATB past president) has concluded his mandate from the last two years and transferred the presidency for the next period 2017-2018 to me. We really appreciate his enduring work and commitment for EATB and are glad that he accompanied us in the Board for one more year as past president until October 2017.

Over the last few years, the main focus in EATB has been on necessary organizational changes and challenges. With the current working program 2017-2018, EATB will concentrate again on the scientific and teaching purpose of the society and introduce some new objectives.

In the forthcoming members only area of the new website, EATB will soon be able to offer online facilities and additional benefits for members, like option for online membership application, membership fee payment, access to congress abstracts and photo galleries of past EATB congresses, access to “Cell and Tissue Banking-Journal” and a search tool for EATB members to find other members with specific experiences and interest in tissue banking and networking. This ‘members-only’ area will be available as soon as the new name EATCB has been approved by the Courts.

EATB has also set up a new annual funding program, starting in spring 2018, to support the expenses (accommodation and travel) of one members’ visit abroad to undergo training in another tissue bank and also to fund two to three members so that they may invite an expert to their tissue bank to give a training/ education lecture.

Furthermore, guidelines for organization of future annual congresses have been compiled. These provide advice regarding organizational and scientific matters for anyone working in the field of tissue and cell banking who may be interested in organizing future EATB congresses.

Currently, EATB is represented at different projects (Euro GTP II, Hot Topics) and is also actively engaged in collaborations with related societies and official institutions (Common representation of Substances of Human Origin’s Associations, CoE CD-P-TO and EDQM tissue guide, European Commission DG-SANTE, ICCBBA-ETTAG and -ITTAG, Notify library WUTBA). Further information on EATB activities can be found under ACTIVITIES website area.

This year the 26th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks took place in Treviso (Italy) from October 18-20, 2017 and was very successfully organized by Fondazione Banca dei Tessuti di Treviso (FBTV) with about 337 participants, delegates and exhibitors from 27 countries worldwide. During EATB2017 congress the Rudolf-Klen-Award for outstanding merits in tissue banking was given to Axel Pruss (Charitè Berlin) and Esteve Trias-Adroher (Barcelona Tissue Bank). Best poster presentation” was awarded to Jan Burkert  from the Dept of Transplantation and Tissue Bank, Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic for his poster  ‘Two decontamination solutions for human amnion – comparison of microbiological efficiency and the cell viability’. Best oral presentation was awarded to Patricia Palacios from Novadip Biosciences, Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium for her presentation ‘Improvement of bone allograft recolonization by adipose stem cells: impact of bone graft demineralization’. Further information and pictures of the event can be found in meetings area.

We are glad to inform you that the 27th Annual Congress of the European Association of Tissue and Cell Banks will take place in Lille (France) from October 17-19, 2018. Further information will be announced soon.

In the meanwhile, I encourage you to contribute actively to our Association with your comments, suggestions and support in order that we together may develop and improve our Association and its activities in future.

See you at the EATB2018 in Lille,

Simone Hennerbichler-Lugscheider