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Down Syndrome Research Biobank Launched via a Collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s and DownSyndrome Achieves

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has collaborated with DownSyndrome Achieves (DSA) to launch a research biobank, which serves as a central repository for biospecimens donated by individuals with Down syndrome and their immediate families. The DSA Biobank aims to improve...

The Taiwan Biobank Provides Insights into the Health and History of Han Chinese Subjects

Over the last two decades, several large, population-based biobanks have been set up to collect blood and other biospecimens along with a standard set of clinical data  in order to study genetic basis of several disorders. A common focus...

Utilizing Biobank Data to Correlate Adiposity with Cancer Incidence and Mortality

Obesity has strong association with increased incidence of, and premature mortality from, some types of cancer1. However, a study by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) report also highlighted the lack of evidence regarding the association of cancer with...

ISBER Releases Position Statement for Management and Use of Ultra Low Temperature Freezers

The International Society for the Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), which represents professional experts in biobanking, ultra-low temperature (ULT) storage and cold chain management, has released its position statement listing key practices health agencies should consider to support the...

The Pharma Proteomics Project: UK Biobank Collaborating with Biopharma Consortium to Study Plasma Proteome

UK Biobank, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive biomedical databases and research resources, announced that a consortium of ten biopharmaceutical companies. According to UK Biobank, the Pharma Proteomics Project will be one of the world’s largest studies...

Using Biobank Data to Estimate Genetic Variants Associated with Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)1. The severity of COVID-19 and course of the infection is highly heterogenous. The majority of COVID-19 cases only have mild or...

Establishing A Pediatric COVID-19 Biorepository

The global pandemic of COVID-19, caused by the highly infectious and transmissible coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has become a leading cause of death in older adults. The risk of severe disease and death has been highest in older patients and in...

Innate Immunity in ALS: A Biobank to Provide Answers

ALS – Pathology, Morbidity, Mortality Stats Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is adebilitating condition that affects voluntary muscle movements such as walking, talking and breathing. The disease destroys nerve cells in the brain and the...

Colorectal Cancer: A Biobank of Patient-derived Xenografts

According to GLOBOCAN 2018 data, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most deadly and fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. There were nearly 2 million new cases and about 1 million deaths in 2018. The incidence of...

Infrastructure Needed for Biobanking the World’s Microbiomes

A team of scientists, led by CABI’s Dr Matthew Ryan, have outlined a series of challenges and opportunities presented in a necessary review of how microbiomes – biological communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protists and viruses – can...

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