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Chungnam National University Hospital (CNUH)
Located in Daejeon, CNUH works diligently through active education and research to provided ifferentiated treatment service and reassure patients receiving treatment. It aims to be a "human-centered hospital leading medical advancement." It launched its Tissue Bank in 2005, primarily collecting and managing human bioresources related to tumorous diseases and distributing these to researchers in life sciences.
After being selected as a Regional Biobank by the Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs in April 2008, CNUH began collecting human bioresources related to rare diseases and non-tumorous chronic diseases. It is currently in possession of bioresources from over 20,000 individuals.
The CNUH Biobank provides researchers with high-quality and high-value bioresources, which support researchers in their work of discovering the associations among and causes of diseases. Ultimately, the hospital believes that distribution will contribute significantly to the improvement of the nation's health, increased technological competitiveness in the field of medicine, and the medical and economic development of the country.
CNUH Regional Biobank collects, stores, and manages high-quality human bioresources to be used by biomedical researchers.
The collected human bioresources and relevant data are pooled from individual local banks and managed in a national network. Thus, the human bioresources are prepared to be distributed continually to biological and medical researchers throughout the country. By supporting the analysis of the causes of diseases and the functions of genes, CNUH Biobank will enable the arrival of a generation where predictive and personalized medicine practices are possible.
- 2005: Establishment of the CNUH Tissue Bank
- 2007: Participation in the Daejeon R&D Cluster Construction Project
- 2008: Approval for opening a gene bank; selection as a Regional Biobank
- 2013: Progression to Phase 2 of the KBP
Status of Human Bioresources
Apart from collecting tissue, blood, and urine biospecimens from tumorous diseases, the CNUH Biobank is accumulating blood-related biospecimens from non-tumorous diseases as well, such as aging and cardiovascular diseases. It is also working on collecting high-value biospecimens, such as producing cell lines from tumor tissues.
Projects and Distribution Results
Before proceeding with the KBP, CNUH provided support for not only the Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology but also bio-venture organizations and research centers in other universities, beginning with local R&D projects. The valuable human biospecimens donated by patients are used in the development of various treatments and diagnostic agents and, to date, a large number of patents have been submitted related to the diagnoses of gastric and breast cancer.
Public Relations and Future Plans
The CNUH Biobank aims to acquire and distribute diverse and high-quality human bioresources for the implementation of personalized medicine in future. Based on this goal, the Biobank targets thespecialization of personalized diagnosis and treatment of various cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Through the efficient collection and distribution of human bioresources, the Biobank will do its utmost to form the foundation of the national bio industry.
- Address: Biobank, 2F Chungnam National University Hospital Main Building,640 Daesa-dong (282 Munhwa-ro), Jung-gu, Daejeon, Korea (301-721)
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