A biobank collects medical data and biomaterials
Oktober 1st was the starting date of the Biobank Autoinflammatory diseases. A biobank collects biomaterials. Examples of biomaterial are blood samples, human cells or body tissue and DNA. These biomaterials can be used for research purposes.
Besides biomaterial, personal data, such as age and sex, and medical data, such as drug use and previous lab results) are also collected in the biobank. This makes it possible to collect biomaterial from patients that meet a certain criterion the researcher is interested in.
A biobank makes research on autoinflammatory diseases easier
Previous research discovered much information on autoinflammatory diseases. For example, it is now known for some diseases which features are characteristic for the disease. Other things are still unknown, one of the most important being what the cause of autoinflammatory diseases is. In several autoinflammatory diseases changes in DNA have been found, but it is currently unknown how exactly these changes lead to increased inflammation. However, it has become clear that the innate immune system is involved in this.
The immune system can be studied in a laboratory, where the function of the immune system of patients with an autoinflammatory disease can be compared with the function of the immune system of people without ... Read more »