David Rawson

Royan Institute Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium 

The Royan Institute held their second cryobiology and biobanking symposium on Feb. 14, 2018, in Tehran, Iran.

The Royan Institute was established in 1991 as a public non-profit research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments. Today Royan consists of three research institutes: 

  • Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology (RI-SCBT)
  • Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine (RI-RB)
  • Royan Institute for Biotechnology (RI-B)   

The recent symposium covered advances in basic and applied cryobiology in reproductive biomedicine and stem cells, encompassing cryotechnology, methodology, chemistry, biophysics, cord blood stem cells, and human and animal biobanking. 

16 presentations were given during the one day symposium, including two presentations by invited speaker and Society for Cryobiology immediate Past-President, Jason Acker.  

Society for Cryobiology members Rohoullah Fathi, Mohsen Sharafi, and Maryam Hezavehei, acted as chair, scientific secretary, and executive secretary respectively. 

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Society for Cryobiology Profiled in Cold Facts

Cold Facts recently profiled the Society for Cryobiology in the 2018 Buyer's Guide and Corporate Directory issue. 

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Fellow Nominations Open 

CALL FOR CRYOFELLOW NOMINATIONS - DEADLINE APRIL 30


President, Jason Acker, presents President-Elect, Dayong Gao with the CryoFellow Medal at CRYO2017. 

The 2018 CryoFellows Nominations Committee is now soliciting nominations for the appointment of new CryoFellows. This Committee, consisting of three members of the Board of Governors and two CryoFellows, evaluates the nominations and makes recommendations to the Board for approval of new Fellows.

Jan 30: Nominations Open 
April 30: Nominations Close
Week of April 30: Board to vote on nominations at Q2 meeting
July 12: Presentation of Fellow medal at CRYO2018 (dependent on Fellow availability) 

The Society for Cryobiology established an award and medal of CryoFellow just over a decade ago in recognition of members of the society and individuals from the cryobiology community at large who have had an outstanding impact on the field.

CryoFellows are awarded this prestigious status in recognition of: scientific impact of their research on cryobiology (50%); sustained nature of that impact (20%); generation of scientific offspring (20%); and service to the Society (10%).

There is no formal application form on which to make the nomination, but the documents you provide the committee should be of sufficient depth to support the candidate's contributions to the categories mentioned above in a clear and demonstrable way. Usually this will mean inclusion with the nomination:

(1) Supporting letters from members of the Society or other major contributors to cryobiology (including one from the nominator); and 

(2) a detailed resume for the nominee. I suggest you contact the proposed CryoFellow to discuss their nomination before proceeding and to obtain the resume from the nominee.

Please note the nominated individual must be living at the time that he or she is nominated.

If there is someone you would like to nominate, or you would like to have an informal discussion before proceeding with nomination, please email me at [email protected]

ISBER Best Practices Fourth Edition Launch

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) is pleased to announce the release of the ISBER Best Practices, Fourth Edition.

The ISBER Best Practices can be downloaded here: www.isber.org/bestpractices.

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Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium in Tehran

The Royan Institute is a non-profit research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments in Tehran, Iran. On February 14, 2018 they are holding their second Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium. 

Dr. Jason Acker, immediate Past President of the Society for Cryobiology will be speaking, along with a number of local cryobiology and biobanking experts.  

For more information please contact: 

Vahid Asgari, PhD
Intl' Business Affairs
Consultant and Instructor
[email protected]
+98-9123007955

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Dayong Gao Assumes Presidency

As cryobiologists, we are entering a new era when cryobiology has a unique and significant contribution and impact on almost every major biomedical research and application area. A once opaque science shrouded in mystery (and liquid nitrogen vapors!) has captured the attention of the public through mainstream news articles on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, artificial organs, and tissue-organ transplantation. With this diverse range of applications and growing public acknowledgement, this is an exciting time for the field, its scientists and end users, and the Society for Cryobiology.

I inherit a Society whose productivity has flourished during the previous two years under the guidance of my predecessor, Dr. Jason Acker. I could not ask for a better springboard from which to begin my term as President.

Over the next two years I plan to focus on several key areas, including strengthening our ties to other societies and organizations that apply cryobiology in research and practice, such as the Center for Cellular Therapies (AABB), the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), among other related societies, through establishing and renewing MOUs, and extending the Society for Cryobiology’s reach through offering cryobiology sessions, workshops or training courses at larger Society conferences.

Membership, a concern for any member based organization, is also at the forefront of my agenda. Over the next year we plan to review, renew and relaunch our corporate and institutional membership scheme and aim to attract young and new-to-the-field investigators to join us as members. Any plan to increase membership requires dedication to long term strategy which will be put into place over the coming year.



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Bylaws Revision Complete

A guest post by Jason Acker  
 
I would like to thank all of you for taking time to participate in the discussions and for voting on the proposed revisions to our Society’s bylaws.  As one of the important documents which guides who we are as a Society and how we choose to operate as an organization, our bylaws need to be up to date and reflect current best practices and laws governing not for profit corporations. The proposed changes were the culmination of more than a decade of discussion, debate and consultation with subject matter experts.

I am happy to report that the motion to ratify the revisions to the Society’s bylaws was carried. The final voter turnout was 59% (153/260 members), with 149 of the voters in favour of adopting the revised bylaws (57% of the membership as a whole). 

I would like to personally thank Jens Karlsson, John Armitage, Art Rowe, John Baust, the members of the Bylaws and Policies Working group (Greg Fahy, Steve Mullen, Andy Picken, Elena Salvaterra), Ed Kordoski, Nicole Evans, our advisors at Maryland NonProfits and all current and past members of the board who have contributed to making this outcome a reality.

I would like to acknowledge that throughout this process there were members who felt strongly that some of the proposed changes were not in the best interest of the Society.  I would like to assure you that your feedback was heard and that it was carefully considered.  Some of the feedback that was received that is not reflected in the revised bylaws will be included in the policies and procedures that are now a focus of the Working Group. 

Now that the Society has established a mechanism for reviewing and updating our bylaws, we should undertake a process to regularly review them and update and adapt them as needed to ensure that they reflect who we are as a Society and how we choose to deliver on the important mission for which our Society was established.

As I transition off of the board and assume my new role as a general member of the Society, I would like to thank all of your for your support during my tenure on the board and as your President. I look forward to continuing to engage with all of you at our scientific meetings and on the various committees and working groups that I may have the privilege of serving on with you.

View the Revised Bylaws

Cryobiology Post-Doc at CDC Foundation 

Entomologist, Biologist or Cryobiologist, Post Doc
Location: Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center
USDA-ARS, Fargo, ND, USA
Closing Date: February 2, 2018
Link: https://www.cdcfoundation.org/jobs/entomologist-biologist-or-cryobiologist-post-doc-941

The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a full time post-doctoral entomologist, biologist or cryobiologist position to assist with the development of techniques for the cold storage and cryopreservation of mosquitoes. Such techniques may including preparation of egg or larval stages for cryoprotectants permeation, analysis of cryoprotectant toxicity, and vitrification in liquid nitrogen or nitrogen slush. Ancillary methods will include retrieval from cryopreservation, insect rearing and the effects of thermal history on storage success. This laboratory position works 40 hours a week, some of which may consist of part-time weekend and holiday work. The post-doctoral entomologist, biologist or cryobiologist will be hired by the CDC Foundation and assigned to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

For more information, including how to apply, download the job specification.  

Senior Engineer in Cancer Immunotherapy 

Company: Kite
Location:
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Closing Date:
Open until filled

Kite, a Gilead company, is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors.

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with fill finish and cryopreservation process engineering experience to work on innovative T cell therapy for cancer treatment. The Senior Engineer will demonstrate deep knowledge of fill finish and cryopreservation, develop robust processes for final drug product formulation, fill finish and cryopreservation for T cell therapy. The Senior Engineer will work with the Early Stage Product Sciences team to design, establish and scale-out cell therapy processes to support early phase clinical trials, manage equipment qualification and support process verification, draft and review protocols, production procedures, process development reports, and provide technical assessment and approval for engineering and process changes pertaining to fill finish and cryopreservation. The Senior Process Engineer will also participate in laboratory activities to support process development and process characterization of Kite’s autologous T cell products.

Download the Job Specification

2018 Officers and Governors Transition

Incoming 2018 Board Members 

First Row: Dayong Gao (President); Adam Higgins (President-Elect); Zhiquan (Andy) Shu (Treasurer)
Second Row: Erik Woods, Ido Braslavsky, Igor Katkov (Governors)

From January 1 Dayong Gao succeeds Jason Acker as President of the Society for Cryobiology. Adam Higgins, current treasurer assumes his new role as President-Elect, and newcomer to the Board, Zhiquan (Andy) Shu, replaces Adam as treasurer. 

The Society's line up of Governors also changes, as we bid farewell to Barbara Reed, Wim Wolkers, and Gang Zhao who have reached the end of their three year term, and welcome newly elected board members Ido Braslavsky and Igor Katkov, and Erik Woods, who has been re-elected. 

Follow Newsnotes over the coming months to get to know our new board members in a series of interviews.  

CRYO2018 Student Awards Open

Entry for the CRYO2018 Student Awards and Travel Grants is now open.

Download application form.

There are a number of student travel grants ranging from approximately $500-700, and the John K. Critser Travel Award for the top ranked extended student abstract, which carries an honorarium of $1,500. Academic awards available for entry include the student  Best Poster Award, and the prestigious Peter L. Steponkus Crystal Award for the best student oral presentation, which carry awards of $500 and $1,500 respectively. 

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Motion to Adopt Revised Bylaws 

Time is running out to vote in the motion put to all members to revise the Society's bylaws. Voting closes December 31, 2017 at 23:59 ET. 

Read the revised bylaws and the summary of changes

All members in good standing should have received by now several emails with instructions for online voting. If you have not received these emails please check your spam/junk folder and then contact us

The revised bylaws currently before the members are the culmination of approximately three years work, and at least 10 years of discussion by the Board of Governors. The past year in particular has seen outstanding progress by a special bylaws working group chaired by current President, Jason Acker. This group has worked tirelessly alongside Maryland Nonprofits, an association for Maryland nonprofit associations, to update our ageing bylaws, which currently date from 1995.  

The members of the bylaws working group in full are: Jason Acker (chair), Ed Kordoski (Executive Director), Greg Fahy (governor), and Society members Elena Salvaterra, Andy Picken, and Steve Mullen. 

BYLAWS FAQ

Why are we revising the Bylaws? 
The Board of Governors has been discussing revising the Society's bylaws for approximately 10 years. The current revised bylaws are the culmination of approximately 3 years of work, and a large number of people. 

There are a number of reasons why the Board felt this action was necessary: 1) to bring the Society's bylaws into accordance with Maryland law; 2) to simplify the bylaws so operating procedures, which may be subject to change, can be spelled out in policy rather than in the bylaws; 3) to enshrine a fair and equitable voting system for the Society's annual election and make a provision for electronic voting, which was not in use in 1995. 

Why do I have to vote right before Christmas? 
The 2017 governors have the best understanding of the rationale behind and the process of revising the bylaws as they have followed this process for the past 12 months. For this reason they are the most qualified group to put this motion before the membership. On January 1 the members of the Board will change.  















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Call for Abstracts 

The call for abstracts has gone out for CRYO2018, to be held July 10-13, 2018, in Madrid, Spain. 

The abstract submission deadline is March 26, 2018. 

To find out more, and submit your abstract, visit the CRYO2018 website


ISBER Launch Biobanking Accreditation

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) announced on December 11, 2017, that they have reached an agreement to develop a new Biobanking Practitioner Qualification. 

ASCP BOC offers qualifications for medical laboratory professionals and has certified more than half a million people since its inception in 1928. 

ISBER, established more recently in 1999, represents professionals in biological and environmental biorepositories.

From early 2019 ISBER members who fulfil certain educational and experience requirements will be able to sit an online examination to recognize their biobanking skills. 

ISBER President, Zisis Kozlakidis, said, "Improving the quality of biobanking practices is essential to improving research outcomes, especially in the fields of translational and precision medicine. With this new qualification we will be able to advance the science of biobanking to the level required to support future healthcare breakthroughs." 

Read the full article on ISBER's website. 

Free Safety Webinars

The Cryogenic Society of America is offering a series of free cryogenic safety webinars during January and February 2018. 

The topics are: 

  • General Cryogenic Safety and Impact of Material Choices - Jan. 26, 2018
  • Oxygen Deficiency Hazards - Feb. 2, 2018
  • Pressure Safety in Cryogenics I - Feb. 9, 2018
  • Pressure Safety in Cryogenics II - Feb. 16, 2018
  • Safety in Oxygen Systems - Feb. 23, 2018

The webinars are aimed at anyone who uses or is exposed to cryogenic related equipment or supplies, including engineers, students, technicians, truck drivers, scientists, plant workers and medical professionals. 

To register for these FREE webinars visit the Cryogenic Society of America website

Election Results: Officers and Governors Announced!

President-Elect and chair of the nominating committee, Dayong Gao, offers his congratulations to the winning candidates of the Society for Cryobiology election. 

After you've read all about the winners, please take a moment to renew your membership for 2018, if you have not already done so. 



Winning Candidates: 
President-Elect, Adam Higgins; Secretary, Yuksel Agca; Treasurer, Zhiquan (Andy) Shu
Governors, Ido Braslavsky, Igor Katkov, and Erik Woods 

The Society for Cryobiology's new President-Elect is Adam Higgins. Adam is Associate Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University, where his current research focuses on the development of mathematical optimization strategies for the design of preservation procedures, and microfluidic processes for cell preservation.







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Governor, Serean Adams, in the News


Serean Adams, pictured at Cawthron Aquaculture Park in Nelson, New Zealand.

Society Governor, Dr. Serean Adams, was in the news after speaking about the future and challenges facing aquaculture at New Zealand's recent industry conference held in Nelson, New Zealand.

Dr. Adams, who completed her PhD under Cryobiology Editor-in-Chief, Prof. David Rawson, is now Aquaculture Group Manager at Cawthron Institute, New Zealand's largest independent science organisation, specialising in science that supports the environment and development within primary industries. 

Read the full article to see what Serean has to say about the future of marine cryobiology. 


SLTB Meeting September 19-20

Guest Post and Photos by Estefania Paredes | Photo Gallery courtesy of Alasdair Kay

Cryobiologists and cold temperature ecologists gathered for a two day meeting, September 19-20, at the British Antarctic Survey – Aurora Centre in Cambridge, UK to exchange knowledge and ideas about life, biology, preservation and cold temperatures.

Within a wide range of topics, from thermal analysis to non-Newtonian fluids, from vitrification of stem cells to metabolic changes of snow algae in the Antarctic, from plant to marine invertebrate cryopreservation, the SLTB presented the attendants to this two day meeting with a wide variety of topics that encourage an interchange of ideas and points of view that I considered extremely useful.


Daniel Ballesteros from Kew Gardens, UK.

It was very exciting for me to have had the opportunity to attend and present to this very broad group of scientists my research and to offer another point of view of cryobiology: the cryopreservation of marine organisms with the specific problems and challenges associated, and get input and ideas from very far and different fields of research.

It was once more clear that, first cryobiology is a highly multidisciplinary field and we are addressing the latest challenges from very different points of view and second, that there is a high flux between labs with the inter-exchange of students and ideas that make the field of cryobiology thrive.


Jayanthi Nadarajan from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Reseach.

Of course, visiting Cambridge University campus and the Aurora Centre is always a delight, many of us chose to stay at the campus colleges enjoying the history, feeling the inspiration from those beautiful buildings that have seen Nobel Laureates build up their ideas and drinking a pint of beer in the pub where Watson and Crick- after way many beers- reportedly stood over a table and screamed that they had discovered the structure of the DNA is somewhat inspirational. It was a wonderful frame for the meeting.













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Graduate student research positions at University of Saskatchewan

Student Positions in reproductive biology, biophysics, and mathematical biology.

Prof. James Benson (Cryobiology Laboratory) in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking four new graduate student researchers in Cryobiology, with an emphasis in fundamental cryobiology of reproductive cells and tissues.

Prof Benson’s research focuses on biophysical/biochemical modeling to rationally address the mechanisms of damage accrued during cryopreservation. All students will be trained in both benchtop lab work and computer modeling, and research programs can be tailored to best fit a student’s interest and desired outcomes.

Specifically, there are four openings:
Two M.Sc. or Ph.D. students who will focus on mitigation of cryopreservative solution toxicity in oocytes. These projects will provide students with access to novel experimental apparatuses and control systems. These students will be jointly supervised by Dr. Benson and Muhammad Anzar (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) or Jack Gray (Biology Department). All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply. Those with some experience at the intersection of biology and mathematics/computational modeling are preferred.





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Meet Your Election Candidates


First Row: Adam Higgins, Tiantian Zhang, Zhiquan (Andy) Shu, Yuansheng (Tony) Tan
Second Row: Yuksel Agca, Ido Braslavsky, Ram Devireddy, Igor Katkov
Third Row: Peter Kilbride, Krishnaa Mahbubani, Estefania Paredes, Barbara Reed
Fourth Row: Peter Wilson, Erik Woods, Gang Zhao

This year's Society for Cryobiology election is for the elected executive officer positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer for a two year term (2018-2019) and three Governor-at-Large positions for a three year term (2018-2020).

Download candidate biographies and vision statements

The election will open for voting on Monday October 23, 2017 for a two week period. Voting will be online. All current members of the Society will receive an email containing their personalized voting link before the election opens. No log in is necessary as each personalized link provides you with a one time use election ballot. Please check your ballot carefully before you submit as you are not able to edit your vote once it has been submitted. If you have not received your voting link by the time the election has opened please check your spam/junk email folder and then contact Nicole Evans.

Voting will close 23:59 US/Eastern Monday November 6, 2017. 

The candidates in full are: 

President-Elect

  • Adam Higgins
  • Tiantian Zhang

Secretary















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