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Introduction to Biobank Unit

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Introduction

The Biobank Unit was formed in 2019 to facilitate and support impactful as well as quality biomedical research within the Ministry of Healthy (MOH) by managing the MOH Biobank. A fully functional MOH Biobank is part of the National Strategic Plan for Cancer Control Program (NSPCCP) 2016 – 2025.

A major focus of the Unit is to manage the day-to-day affairs of the MOH Biobank. The MOH Biobank is involved with the collection of various types  of tissue (such as blood, fresh tissue, saliva, formalin-fixed tissue etc.) and associated anonymised data from donors who have given their informed consent for their tissue & anonymised data to be used for ethically approved future research.

Objectives

  • To facilitate biomedical research by providing high-quality biospecimens and associated anonymised data
  • To initiate prospective collection project focusing on cancers of national interest
  • To establish a biobanking network between government hospitals and MOH biobank for collection of specimens and associated data
  • To be recognised as a leader in providing the highest quality human biological materials & associated anonymised data for researchers.
  • To provide consultative services to the Ministry of Health personnel and other agencies in the field of biobanking and biospecimen processing & storage.
  • To collaborate in various health-related research activities

Activities

  • Organise & manage sample & data collection from donors who have consented to biobanking:

             o Liaise with clinicians, researchers & administrators

             o Work-flow for consent; sample acquisition and logistics

             o Manage and coordinate sample / data requests from researchers

  • Annotation & Processing of samples
  • Secure storage of samples and data
  • Consultancy and research planning services

 

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