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Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital (CNUHH)
Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital (CNUHH) is a living hospital in a natural setting. First opened in 2004, in 2010CNUHHbecame the first national university hospital to acquire JCI accreditation, and in 2011 was the selected as the first medical organization to be recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. This confirmed that the hospital provides world-class medical services and considers patient safety to be of the highest value. From 2012, it was even designated as a “top-class general hospital,” an honor awarded to the best medical organizations.
The bank was selected as a Regional Biobank in March 2008. Since then, it has developed into a cancer specialist biobank, mostly collecting tissue and blood components, including clinical and epidemiological information, from a total of 21,409 patients. The bank targets common cancers in Korean individuals, such as leukemia, breast cancer, and colon cancer. In order to support basic and clinical research using human bioresources, the bank standardizes various required information for management and stores high-quality human bioresources through quality control.
- April 2008: Designated a Regional Biobank
- October 2008: Opening ceremony and board-hanging ceremony for the CNUHH Regional Biobank
- January 2013: Implementation of Phase 2 of the Korea Biobank Project
- January 2016: Implementation of Phase 3 of the Korea Biobank Project
Current Status of biospecimens
The bank specializes in cancer biospecimens and, in the five years since the first collection in March 2008, tissue and blood components, including clinical and epidemiological information, have been collected from a total of 21,409 patients. The main diseases being targeted include leukemia, breast cancer, colon cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, and brain tumors.
Projects and Distribution Results
The biobank has distributed samples for a total of 120 research projects to date, and this has resulted in a total of 78 studies, 33 research articles, and one report for the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
Public Relations and Future Plans
Publicity is being performed through participation in conferences and local symposia every year, and publicity is also being conducted actively in the hospital using multivision. In the future, the biobank aims to continue to contribute significantly to the completion of clinical and basic research by collecting and storing high-quality samples and distributing human bioresources to researchers at a large number of research centers.
B1F Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, 322 Seoyang-ro, Hwasun-eup, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do, Korea (519-763)