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Lausanne Biobank at CHUV

The team of the Biobanque of the Centre du Cancer de Lausanne at CHUV helps qMSF and Dr Rochat in the request for cancer tissue samples from patients. This is of great help for researchers that are usually not aware of all aspects of such requests: Ethics, Laws, Regulations, etc ...

Contact person at the Biobianque for qMSF  is:

Dr Christine Currat, PhD
Responsable de l'Unité d'Investigation Clinique et de la Biobanque de Lausanne
Centre Pluridisciplinaire d'Oncologie
CHUV - PAV/02/18
Av. Pierre-Decker 2
1011 Lausanne
Tel : +41 21 314 46 91
Fax : +41 21 314 75 84
Mail : christine.currat@chuv.ch

Please, find the address of the Biobanque at CHUV and thereafter typical biobank commitment:

A biobank, also known as a biorepository, is a place that collects, stores, processes and distributes biological materials and the data associated with those materials. Typically, those “biological materials” are human biospecimens – such as tissue or blood - and the “data” are the clinical information pertaining to the donor of that biospecimen. A biobank can also include tissues from other animals, cell and bacterial cultures, and even environmental samples.

What makes up a biobank?
Modern biobank facilities include all the necessary staff and management, ethical and legal oversight, financial systems, storage facilities, laboratories, security systems, and computer information systems to fully implement their operations. Commonly, a biobank also includes extensive modern molecular biology capabilities – such as robotics and automated micro-quantity liquid handling – to isolate and manage the chemical components (such as DNA) from those tissues.
Today, biobanks exist inside a variety of settings, such as academic medical institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. They can also be stand-alone organizations, including independent companies (both for-profit and non-profit) that can provide biobanking as an outsourced service or can serve as a broker of biological materials to other researchers.

What are the activities of a biobank?
Modern biobanks that support molecular-based research are highly complex in their operations, and often have extensive organizations comprised of individuals with expertise spanning biology and pathology; informatics and information technology infrastructure; laboratory operations; transportation; and law/ethics. Modern biobanks must remain committed to patients’ rights, while simultaneously serving the needs of biomedical researchers.

Among the biobank’s activities are:

  • Working in the clinical setting to recruit donors and support them through the informed consent process. Such recruitment also involves coordination with ethics review boards to design protocols that provide the full scope of donor protection.
  • Interfacing with the clinical setting to collect tissues during various patient visits and getting those materials to the biobank. Similarly, the biobank provides systems and support to collect the donor’s clinical information from the medical record and from the patient or doctor interviews. That information is then formatted for storage in the secure computer servers of the biobank.
  • Operating a biobank with full logistical support, including transportation, various types and temperatures of storage capability, pathology review, molecular biology laboratories, and procedures to receive, manage, and distribute biospecimens.
  • Supporting processing laboratories that can extract molecular components from tissues (such as DNA and RNA) and add these derivatives to the biobank’s inventory.
  • Providing scientists with secure, non-patient identifying access to the inventory of specimens and data so that they can request materials that support their research protocols.



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