Pathology biobank in University of Tartu
The Pathology biobank of the National Centre or Translational and Clinical Research is an Estonian National repository for disease-based biological samples (DNA, RNA, tissue biopsies, etc). We have collection of more than 5000 samples for different diseases with very well described phenotypes by health professionals.
Streamlined access to high quality, highly annotated human material is essential for translational research to advance scientific translation between clinical and fundamental science. Creating disease-based biomaterial collections is one of the most important aspects in tissue banking for research.
Department of Pathophysiology and the Institute of Bio- and Translational Medicine of the University of Tartu have created a Pathology Biobank to collect different biological tissue samples in order to preserve the future use of their tissues for research and public health to improve. The biobank provides SOPs for collection and storing of different biological samples (tissues, DNA, RNA, cell lines, etc). In addition to the storage infrastructure, the biobank also provides an ideal platform of digital database to store clinical information safely. Biobanking is not only sample collection and storage. It is also a comprehensive and systematic infrastructure to managing samples and from patient data to the deep molecular profiling.
Preserving biological tissues in biobanks is optional for patients, but it generates opportunity to support the goals of modern medical research. Establishment of research disease-based biobank in the National Centre of Translational and Clinical Research is beneficial to all stakeholders - patients, medial doctors and researchers.
Collection of samples and clinical information
Patients provide informed consent to use biological material collected as a part of treatment or investigation. Pathology biobank guarantees the confidentiality of patient. The personal data will not be stored, the samples are coded and they are not reversibly encoded. The clinical records and phenotypes are also maintained in the encoded form - gender, age, diagnoses, and information concerning the disease, and hereditary diseases in the family data. The clinical data is stored in the electronic database for the analytical purposes. It is necessary to match generated biological data with clinical investigations. Ethics Committee of the University of Tartu has approved the sample collection.
Informed consent form is prepared by biobank and available on request.
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