The BioBank Bonn is a service facility of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn. It is directly subordinate to the Dean’s office and organized between the Institute of Pathology, the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology, and the Institute of Medical Biometry, Informatics, and Epidemiology.
The purpose of the BioBank Bonn is to enable and support clinical/translational research as well as basic research at the University Hospital Bonn, for example, the development of diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers for certain diseases. The BioBank Bonn accomplishes this task through the collection, storage, provision, and, if necessary, the processing of biomaterials and their derivatives. All biomaterials are processed according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure a consistent high quality for reliable biological analyses.
In addition, the data relating to the samples provided by the researchers are stored in the database of the BioBank Bonn. In accordance with the respective patient's consent, personal and therapy-related data can also be gathered and stored from patients from whom biomaterials have been collected. This is only done with the consent of the patient. The database structure and the IT processes of the BioBank Bonn are set up in compliance with data protection laws and the personal rights of the patients and test persons, and the data is subject to constant quality control with regard to completeness and correctness.
Please note: Publications that have made use of samples or data from the BioBank Bonn must indicate this in the acknowledgments or in another suitable manner.
The services of the BioBank Bonn include:
- Storage and processing of biomaterial samples (tissue and liquid samples)
- Provision of patient information (broad consent) for (prospective) sample collections
- Support with sample logistics
- Advice on research projects
- Support for ethics applications
- Advice on analytical methods
- Establishing methods and performing measurements
- Direct sample preparation for measurements in the central laboratory of the UKB
- Participation in research proposals
- Participation and support of IT networking within the UKB
- Advice to researchers regarding software, database, laboratory equipment, and storage conditions