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An Introduction to Starting a Biobank

  • Mitra D. Harati
  • Ryan R. Williams
  • Masoud Movassaghi
  • Amin Hojat
  • Gregory M. Lucey
  • William H. YongEmail author
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1897)

Abstract

The purpose of a biobank is to process, organize, and maintain various types of biospecimens that are to be utilized for both clinical and research-based services. There are different types of biobanks, so the goals of the biobank should be delineated at the outset of forming a biobank. The startup of a biobank benefits from accreditation and stringent adherence to standards of practice. Fundamental to these practices is the protection of privacy and informed consent. A budget must be developed, and sources of funding should be obtained to properly equip the designated space and personnel. The appropriate space for freezers and for biospecimen processing should be identified. Information technology is also a critical part of the biobank and effort should be expended to ensure that this aspect is effective and secure. Given the ethical concerns surrounding biospecimens, engagement with the public is also highly valuable.

Key words

Biobank Biorepository Biospecimen Clinical Research Accreditation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported in part by NIH:NCI P50-CA211015, NIH:NIMH U24 MH100929, the Art of the Brain Foundation, and the Henry E. Singleton Brain Cancer Research Program.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitra D. Harati
    • 1
  • Ryan R. Williams
    • 1
  • Masoud Movassaghi
    • 1
  • Amin Hojat
    • 1
  • Gregory M. Lucey
    • 1
  • William H. Yong
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Brain Tumor Translational ResourceDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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