Lifelines Biobank and Cohort Study – Unraveling Ageing and Diseases
December 18th, 2018
Maximising the use of all collected data and samples worldwide
The Lifelines Biobank is an established integral resource for the Lifelines cohort study, which is a large population-based research study in the Netherlands that investigates complex interactions between environmental, phenotypic (obse...
Interview with Stefanie Houwaart - The patients' perspectives
November 20th, 2018
Dr. Stefanie Houwaart represents the patients’ perspectives within the Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board (SEAB) of the German Biobank Node (GBN). She is a consultant at the head office of the House of the Cancer Patient Support Associations of Germany (Haus der Krebs-Selbsthilfe – Bun...
Art Meets Biobanking
November 9th, 2018
Art and biobanking have come together in a year-long collaboration between BBMRI-ERIC and the Art & Science faculty, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria, which investigates the relationships between different artistic and scientific cultures. Commencing in October 2018, the init...
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The BBMRI-ERIC Common Service IT
October 29th, 2018
BBMRI-ERIC has a number of services for member states. This time, we get in touch with the CS IT to learn more about what they can offer and how you can get involved in improving their services.
What is the Common Service IT?
This is one of the services that BBMRI-ERIC offers biobanks and researche...
“We must plant the idea in pathologists’ heads!”
October 18th, 2018
Prof. Dr. med. Esther Herpel has been head of the tissue bank at the National Tumour Centre (NCT) based at Heidelberg University Hospital – a member of the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) – since 2008. She studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg from 1998 to 2004 before going on to obtai...
Genetic risk: Should researchers let people know?
October 12th, 2018
Should researchers inform research participants, if they discover genetic disease risks in the participants? Yes, many would say, if the information is helpful to the participants. However, the value of complex genetic risk information for individuals is uncertain. In a PhD thesis from Uppsala Univ...
The Epigenome: Obesity Affects Our DNA
October 1st, 2018
The extra pounds gained over the holidays not only show on our hips, but also affect our DNA. This is the outcome of a major international study from 2016 led by the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen in Germany, which shows that an increased body mass index (BMI) leads to epigenetic changes at almost 200 ...
Creating a colon cancer cohort for precision medicine
September 30th, 2018
Access to European biobanks is key for the successful development of precision medicine. To demonstrate capability and feasibility of European biobanks, BBMRI-ERIC is piloting a use case of a large colorectal cancer cohort (CRC-Cohort) consisting of tumor tissue samples with rich diagnostic and tre...
Moli-Bank: The Extended Laboratory
September 3rd, 2018
At the crossroad between northern and southern Italy lies Molise, a region where traditions have remained unchanged over the passing years. With a strong sense of cultural identity, families continue to enjoy customs that have long disappeared in bigger cities, from the race of oxen carts to specta...
ASKLEPIOS: A Longitudinal Biobank Improving Cardiovascular Healthcare
August 18th, 2018
Asklēpiós was the ancient Greek God of medicine, a divine physician who bestowed health on the ill and wounded through his great skill and talent, elevating the art of medicine. Today we find ASKLEPIOS taking on a very different form but once again, with the aim of elevating healthcare. ASKLEPIOS...
Cryostem - Building a Specialised Biobank: From zero to 20,000 biological samples
July 18th, 2018
Thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, hodgkin lymphoma – these are just a few blood disorders.
Q: The cure?
A: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) is sometimes the only treatment available.
Every year an estimated 24,000 patients with severe blood disorders around the globe undergo HSCT, du...
Introducing the UK National Node
June 28th, 2018
Facts and Figures
provided by Jessica Mai Sims
How many biobanks and samples do you have in your national network?
As an organisation, we have no biobanks or hold any samples. Our Tissue Directory, however, has 191 registered sample resources (we use this as a generic term to encom...
Reaching Diagnosis: Storing Biosamples In A Biobank
June 1st, 2018
The direct impact of biobanks on our health system may not be visible at first sight. The story below shows how samples, stored in a biobank, can be used to diagnose a rare disease, may help to find cures, and how they change the life of individuals.
Maria and Franco have two daughters, Nicla and...
BBMRI-ERIC Launches Online Tool To Facilitate Access To Over 500 Biobanks
May 2nd, 2018
Austria-based BBMRI-ERIC recently launched its Negotiator, a web-based solution to help researchers find detailed information on the availability of samples and associated data. The tool is a great step forward in facilitating access to high-quality samples that are currently stored in biobanks all...