Biobanking of Human Biospecimens

Principles and Practice

  • Pierre Hainaut
  • Jim Vaught
  • Kurt Zatloukal
  • Markus Pasterk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Allison Hubel, Amy P. N. Skubitz
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jim Vaught, Peter H. Watson
    Pages 51-63
  4. William E. Grizzle, Jerry Fredenburgh, Katherine C. Sexton, Walter C. Bell
    Pages 65-83
  5. Ma’n H. Zawati, Bartha Maria Knoppers
    Pages 99-109
  6. R. E. Hewitt, W. E. Grizzle, P. H. Watson, Y. Lee, J.-H. di Donato, J. Vaught
    Pages 111-135
  7. Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, Anne Marie Tassé, Sylvie Ouellette, Bartha Maria Knoppers, Isabel Fortier
    Pages 155-167
  8. Rita T. Lawlor
    Pages 169-198
  9. Rongxing Gan, Huiyuan Wang, Yutong Song, Jinli Fan, Yan Xiong
    Pages 199-205
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-239

About this book


This volume is the first comprehensive text on human biobanking, authored by scientists and regulatory officers who have led the field over the past 10 years. It covers biobanking issues and its importance in advancing the field of research in cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic, and other diseases. Biobanks of human specimens have become the cornerstone for research on human health that harnesses the power of “omics” technologies to identify biomarkers for disease susceptibility. Biobanks are an essential component of the development of personalized medicine, which relies on the molecular analysis of biospecimens that are truly representative of individuals and of diseases.  Over the past decade, biobanking has been the focus of major investments and developments aimed at developing appropriate infrastructure, methods, networking practice and evidence-based pre-analytical procedures. This volume explores topics including specimen storage, protocol design, specimen collection, pre-analytical processing and preservation, long-term storage, retrieval and separation, and distribution to analytical laboratory platforms.  These activities are extremely complex and are essential for biomedical and biotechnological developments and this text provides critical information about biobanking for the development of future forms of medicine.​


Biobanks Biobank infrastructure Biomarkers Cryo-preservation Research management

Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Hainaut
    • 1
  • Jim Vaught
    • 2
  • Kurt Zatloukal
    • 3
  • Markus Pasterk
    • 4
  1. 1.Cancer ResearchInstitute for Advanced Biosciences, Inserm U1209 CNRS UMR 5309, Université Grenoble-AlpesGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.International Prevention Research InstituteBiopreservation and BiobankingKensingtonUSA
  3. 3.Institute of PathologyMedical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 25, A-8036GrazAustria
  4. 4.Biobanking and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC)GrazAustria

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