Denmark is at the very front when it comes to epidemiological research. This is to a large extent thanks to the unique Danish registries which provide detailed information on the entire population.
With the establishment of a very large national biobank and the possibility of linkage between the biological specimens and the information contained in the Danish registers, Danish research is given new and competitively unique possibilities.
Strengthening of the research infrastructure
Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has received a large research grant from The Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation to establish a national biobank.
The goal is to strengthen the Danish research infrastructure and thereby the conditions for Danish public health research and international research collaborations.
It is the plan to establish what will be one of the world's largest biobanks and internationally an absolutely unique resource to the great benefit of research in the etiology, prevention and treatment of diseases.
The total initiative is set to become a reality by the end of 2011 and consists of the following three parts:
The Danish Biobank Register
A Danish biobank register with detailed information on the specimens made available by the Danish health services and the largest research biobanks, including the specimens at SSI.
A large biobank at SSI
A large national biobank based on the specimens submitted to SSI.
The material currently includes more than 6 million specimens. In addition to the actual specimen reception, storing and dispensing, the biobank will include developmental projects whose purpose it is to improve our possibilities to extract valuable information from biological material.
A coordinating centre
The Centre will coordinate the building of the biobank register and the new national biobank and subsequently be responsible for the daily management of the activities. The centre will also counsel and assist researchers in questions relating to the use of the biobank register and the national biobank.
15 million biological specimens
By establishing the Danish National Biobank, it will become possible to take advantage of the great potential of the many biological specimens collected by the public health sector. Researchers will get a unique overview of and access to more than 15 million biological specimens in existing as well as future collections.
Projects approved by the Scientific Ethics Committee and the Danish Data Protection Agency will obtain permission to link biological material from one individual with the great amount of further information to be found in the national registers within e.g. the public health.
The Danish National Biobank is a joint initiative between Statens Serum Institut, hospitals, universities and other public research institutions collecting or using biological material.
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