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Biobanking as a resource for biomedical research


Karolinska Institutet and BBMRI.se gives a one-week course

Date: April 18-22, 2016

Aim: to give you knowledge in how to use biobanking as a resource for biomedical research.

Application: see below

Biobanks constitute a powerful resource in medical research with access to millions of samples and associated data collected within health care and in specific research studies.  New “omic-technologies” with high-throughput analytical platforms now permit large scale analyses without the need to wait for years while new samples are being collected.  However, successful research based on human biological samples and associated data requires applied knowledge about how the samples have been collected and processed. Standardized procedures, controlled pre-analytical variables and study documentation are key factors for the reliability and validity of the analytical findings.

Purpose and goal

This one week course addresses fundamental concepts in biobank infrastructures and biobank research, ethical and legal frameworks, technologies, sample analysis and practical considerations when new samples are to be collected.

Course content

  • the value of biobanking in national and international collaboration projects,
  • the need of standardization and the importance to ensure quality in all steps from needle to freezer,
  • basic principles of common and advanced molecular technologies for sample analysis,
  • the need of a secure IT structure in order to ensure the integrity of the sample donors with full traceability of samples and data,
  • open science and return of data ,
  • the legal and ethical framework for biomedical research on human samples.

Course structure

Lectures & group discussions 
Field trips
Presentation (= examination)

All students are required to take part in all scheduled activities: lectures, field trips and presentation/ examination. The course is examined by giving a presentation of the course assignment, either a pre-defined biobank study or an example from own research. 

Target group

Researchers and professionals from health care, universities and industry with an interest in biobanking. 

Course management

The responsible department for this course is the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with BBMRI.se

Course group:

Head of unit

Gunnel Tybring

Phone: 08-524 836 40
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: Gunnel.Tybring@ki.se

Head of office

Mark Divers

Phone: 08-524 823 01
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: Mark.Divers@ki.se

Joakim Galli, PhD, Uppsala University & SciLifeLaboratory 

Ulla Rudsander, PhD, BBMRI.se 


Please email kristoffer.mortsjo@ki.se to get more information on the venue, course fee and registration. More information regarding schedule will be sent out prior to course start.