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ELSI Helpdesk

If you have a question that concerns transnational research, contact us.

If your question concerns a specific country, please contact one of our national contact points located in BBMRI Member Countries as listed below. They will provide you with country-specific expertise.

How does it work?

If you have emailed us at at BBMRI-ERIC, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Your enquiry will then be assessed and reviewed by our team. Given the customised nature of the ELSI Helpdesk, we may need to contact you in order to obtain further information. Your enquiry is tracked from beginning to end.

Given that different countries have different regulatory frameworks, we draw from local expert knowledge in order to effectively address your enquiry. We may also connect you to a locally based organisation with the relevant expertise.

If you have chosen to contact a listed contact point within the ELSI Helpdesk Network, your enquiry will be processed in accordance with their respective operating procedures.


Who is it for?

The service is available to researchers and biobanks located in Member and Observer Countries of BBMRI-ERIC, as well as any research infrastructures working in the field of life sciences.

What happens after we respond?

Much of the information generated from the ELSI Helpdesk will also be beneficial to the wider scientific community.

As a publicly funded research infrastructure, it is important that any knowledge generated is shared. Therefore, responses issued through the ELSI Helpdesk may be used to feed into the ELSI Knowledge Base, an open access resource platform.

Any personal and confidential details will of course be removed.


What is it not?

Any information provided by the ELSI Helpdesk is not legal advice. As a research infrastructure, BBMRI-ERIC provides a public service by providing expertise and sharing knowledge regarding ELSI issues for the use and benefit of the biobanking community.

Information offered by the ELSI Helpdesk represents one view on the particular ELSI issue raised. It is not intended and should not be taken as the only view on the respective matter.

Professional legal advice should always be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of information provided by the ELSI Helpdesk.



Radka Kaneva
Executive Manager,
Molecular Medicine Center
Medical University


Georgia Charalambidou
ELSI Special Scientist
Center of Excellence in Biobanking and Biomedical Research


Liis Leitsalu
Estonian Genome Center, Institute of Genomics
University of Tartu


German Biobank Node -


Oguz Kelemen
Associate Professor
University of Szeged
Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical School
Department of Behavioral Sciences


To be determined


Gillian Martin
Chair, Faculty of Arts Research Ethics Committee
University of Malta

Bridget Ellul
Member Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
University of Malta
Member Health Ethics Committee


Helpdesk ELSI
Biobank Norway


Pilar Nicolás
Senior Research Fellow


Sabine Bavamian
Chief Scientific Officer
Swiss Biobanking Platform

The Netherlands

ELSI Servicedesk
BBMRI.NL, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, COREON-Federa


Czech Republic

Radek Halouzka
Chief Legal Officer
Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute (MMCI)


to be determined


Tom Southerington
General Counsel
Finnish Biobank Cooperative – FINBB

Sirpa Soini
Biobank Director
THL Biobank
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare


Olga Tzortzatou
IP & Data Consultant
Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens


IARC Biobank (IBB)


Sara Casati
MS & PhD in Clinical Bioethics, MBA in Research Infrastructures
Common Service ELSI

Matteo Macilotti
Legal Counsel
Trento University


Signe Mezinska
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Senior Researcher, Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine
University of Latvia


Jakub Pawlikowski
Associate Professor
Department of Human Ethics and Philosophy
Medical University of Lublin

Dorota Krekora-Zajac
Legal Counsel
Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Civil Law
University of Warsaw


Eleni Fthenou
Scientist, Qatar Biobank


Vesna Rijavec
Faculty of Law Maribor


Jessica Seger
Biobank Sweden


Yücel Erbilgin
Istanbul University Aziz Sancar Institute of Experimental Medicine
Department of Genetics

Additional Information

 The ELSI Helpdesk was conceptualised with funds from ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC and CORBEL, projects that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 676550 and No 654248, respectively

The website was co-funded within ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676550.
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