The newly founded Health Institutes of Turkey (TUSEB) have initiated a Turkish genome project that aims at sequencing 100,000 genomes from healthy individuals as well as rare and complex disease patients to promote better health for future generations.
Along with this project, an initiative to establish a national Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Infrastructure has also been launched. BBMRI.tr is playing an active role in this initiative and ensuring easy integration to BBMRI-ERIC by following BBMRI guidelines in every step of the way. To this end, the Common Services IT and ELSI as well as quality management standards are being harmonised with BBMRI-ERIC standards.
The national biobanking infrastructure will be supported by TUSEB grants, which will also ensure the sustainability of biobanks. Furthermore, the integration of national biobanks with the national health infrastructure is supported by the Ministry of Health.