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Deterritorialising Big Data: The grobalisation of biobanks and the glocalisation of their operations

Talk @ The Australian Sociology Association Conference 1pm 29 November 2016

Paul Mason

on 28 November 2016

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Transcript of Deterritorialising Big Data: The grobalisation of biobanks and the glocalisation of their operations

More than one way to go global
Networking Across Borders
Red de Bancos de Tumores
de la América Latin y Caribe

Biobanks go global
Mason, P.H., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I. (2016)
Biobanks go global, Australasian Science, 37(6), 33-35.
What is a Biobank?
“a hybrid infrastructure,” an organized collection of human biological material combined with associated health information: physical measurements, outcome data in medical records, and epidemiological information, as well as genomic data derived from the samples.

BBMRI Project 2013
Deterritorialising Big Data: The grobalisation of biobanks and the glocalisation of their operations
Paul Mason
image from: http://www.photos.creativeuncut.com/digital/architecture-archway.jpg
The Project Grant team

Dr Paul Mason (Postdoctoral researcher)
Professor Ian Kerridge (University of Sydney)
Professor Cameron Stewart (University of Sydney)
Professor Robert Cumming (University of Sydney)
Professor Simon Easteal (Australian National University)
Professor Emma Kowal (Deakin University)
Professor Catherine Waldby (Australian National University)
Dr Wendy Lipworth (University of Sydney)
A/Prof Christine Critchley (Swinburne University of Technology)
Professor Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney)
A/Prof Paula Marlton (Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland)

Financial support: This work was funded by a grant from the Australian NHMRC, APP1083980: Biobank Networks, Medical Research and the Challenge of Globalisation.

What is
Grobalisation (George Ritzer, 2004: 73)
Glocalisation (Roland Robertson 1995)
Time-space compression (David Harvey 1990)
Deterritorialisation/reterritorialisation (Inda & Rosaldo 2002)
Global Cultural Flows (Arjun Appadurai 1990)
A single biobank might collect biological samples from numerous countries. Several biobanks in the United States, for instance, have a “direct-to-consumer” model that sells genetic testing to customers in numerous countries and in the process build their biorepositories

Distributed and compartmentalised
Countries already dominant in the field are setting the research agenda and financial feasibility of global biobanks. Globalisation affords transnational biobanks the opportunity to adopt or partner with institutions with the most favourable ethical, regulatory and practical benefits that enhance their global competitiveness.
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