Contact: Dr. Nahla Afifi, National Node Coordinator
Website: Qatar Biobank
Qatar Biobank (QBB) acts as Qatar’s National centre for standardised high-quality bioresources and annotated information aiming to support research, capacity building and precision health initiatives in the State of Qatar, the region and worldwide.
The strategic alliance of BBMRI-ERIC and the State of Qatar, via Qatar Biobank (QBB) being an Observer member of BBMRI-ERIC nominated as the National Node, will facilitate collaboration on activities related to biobanking and bio preservation of samples and accompanied data, collected in the Middle East, for research and development. Qatar Biobank is a unique resource in the region hosting various cohort studies (population-based, disease-based, and birth cohorts).
The State of Qatar is the first non-European, Middle East country to participate in the debates of the Assembly of Members. Qatar’s National network will be a valuable resource for BBMRI-ERIC enabling the global research society to benefit from fostering an international exchange of knowledge and human bioresources collected and stored in the Middle East.
To act as the Qatar National Centre for biological samples and information to enable research towards the discovery and development of new healthcare interventions.
QBB specific objectives are to:
QBB performs different cohort studies. The main cohort studies are:
The COVID-19 biorepository aiming to deliver high quality samples and data to support research around COVID-19. In this study QBB recruited participants infected with COVID-19 and followed up them weekly during the disease period and monthly after recovery for a year. The vaccination arm of the study recruited participants before their vaccination against COVID-19 and follow them up for a year.