Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health, USA
Dr. Jim Vaught spent 14 years (1999-2013) at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently as the Chief of the Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) in the Cancer Diagnosis Program. He has been working in the field of biorepository and biospecimen science for over 20 years. In 1999, he was one of the founding members of the International Society for Biological & Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and was its second President.
He serves on a number of biobank advisory groups including the Telethon-Italy Genetic Biobank Network; the Biobanques Network (France) Scientific Board; and the Provia Labs (Boston) Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Disease Research Interchange. In addition to ISBER, Dr. Vaught is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the European Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He is the author of nearly 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. From 2006 to 2012 he was Senior Editor for Biospecimens and Biorepositories for the AACR journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. In 2012 he became Editor-in-Chief of Biopreservation and Biobanking, the official journal of ISBER. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the International Prevention Research Institute (Lyon) and a consultant for a number of international biobanking activities. Dr. Vaught is the President of ISBER for 2015-2016.