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Aims of working Groups

BMAS is leading several initiatives to work on the missions of the society !

One of these is the setup of Working Groups (WGs) on several topics related to our society and the scientific field.

In the tabs you can find the goals of the 6 WGs in more detail.

If you identify another WG that we have not specified, please feel free to let us know.

A pre-meeting in Lausanne (during BMA2017) already led to the voluntary participation of several colleagues from our field, and the WGs have since attracted further members. More recently, the Nomenclature WG and Methodologies WG have published position papers on these aspects of BMA research (here and here): congratulations to all of our members for contributing to these important advances.

If you wish to participate in one or more WGs, and be actively involved in the activities being initiated within them, please contact us.

By participating, you create the opportunity to contribute to the future missions and success of our growing society!

WG1

Nomenclature 

The working group on nomenclature has identified currently used definitions, acronyms and classifications related to BMA. Over the last 2 years, this has been discussed with the aim to come up with uniform descriptions after which the working group has published a position paper on nomenclature, providing a basis for consistent, global use of these terms. The working group continues to monitor the literature and developments in the field to guarantee future use of these terms globally and correctly.N

WG2

Methodologies

Over the last 2 years, the working group on methodologies has identified currently used methods related to BMA. These have been discussed with the aim to come up with standardized protocols after which the working group has published a position paper to guarantee use of these methodologies globally. Being an emerging field, the working group will continue to monitor BMA-related methodologies and update regularly on these to harmonize the use of BMA-related techniques world-wide.

WG3 

Biobanking 

The working group works on identifying currently used collection procedures related to BMA. These are currently being discussed with the aim to come up with standardized biobanking-related protocols after which the working group writes a draft on how to collect, store and future use materials related to BMA that will be sent around to the BMAS EB, SB and GA members for additional feedback. When approved, the draft file can be finalized and published to guarantee future use of standardized ways to collect and store tissues related to BMA globally.

WG4

Public Engagement 

The working group on public engagment focusses on ways to educate target groups outside the society, including other societies, patient organizations and the public. Since the start of the working group, fruitful collaborations have been set up with affiliating societies, such as ECTS and ASBMR. Finally, WG4 is involved in managing the social media (Twitter, LinkedIn) of BMAS. 

This WG is still looking for new members! Please contact Bram van der Eerden (b.vandereerden_at_erasmusmc.nl) if you are interested to join.

WG5

Data repositories

The working group on repositories works on identifying currently existing repositories that contain expression data or otherwise related to BMA. These will be discussed with the aim to come up with a protocol/guideline on how to access and apply these data and who will have access to it. Ultimately, these guidelines can be distributed among BMAS members to gain access to the BMA-related repositories for their research.
This WG is still looking for new members! Please contact Bram van der Eerden (b.vandereerden_at_erasmusmc.nl) if you are interested to join.

WG6 

Sponsorship

The sponsoring working group will use their current contacts in pharmaceutical and biotech industry to find partners that want to financially liaise with BMAS. They will do so by inventoryzing and generating lists of potential sponsors, and reaching out to existing and future contacts in and outside the field of BMA. In the longrun, a strategy will be developed to safeguard stable sponsorships for BMAS.
This WG is still looking for new members! Please contact Bram van der Eerden (b.vandereerden_at_erasmusmc.nl) if you are interested to join.