Korea Biobank Network
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Gyeongsang National University Hospital
GNUH promises to fulfill its duty to provide a new driving force for the future development of personalized and predictive medicines, advancement of medicine as a whole, and promotion and progress of biomedical research.
The GNUH Biobank was selected as a Regional Biobank by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2008. Since then, the Biobank has been ethically and continuously collecting and storing serial human bioresources extracted at the hospital from individuals as they age. In particular, the Biobank collects bioresources for pediatric diseases, Ig A nephropathy, allergic purpura, digestive system disorders (i.e.,chronic gastritis), and internal diseases (i.e., cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases). The Biobank promises to fulfill its duty to provide a new driving force for the future development of personalized and predictive medicines, advancement of medicine as a whole, and promotion and furthering of biomedical research.
- March 2008: Selection as a Regional Biobank
- October 2009: Construction of Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
- August 2012: Construction of an electronic consent system
- January 2013: Incorporation of the affiliated Biomedical Research Institute
- May 2013: Participation in the development of BIMS ver3.0
- December 2013: Development of an education program for Biobank workers Selection as an outstanding
organization within the KBP with the commendation of the Minister of Health and Welfare
Status of Human Bioresources
Various neonatal, pediatric, coronary artery, digestive system, infectious, and tumorous diseases have been selected as the main targets for collection. The Biobank supports personalized distribution by acquiring serial human bioresources throughout an individual’s lifetime (serum, plasma, buffy coat, peripheral blood lymphocytes, urine, feces, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.).
Projects and Distribution Results
With the opening of the Gyeongnam Cancer Center, Gyeongnam Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease Center, and Neonatal Intensive Care Center, as well as the completion of the Gyeongnam Rheumatic Degenerative Arthritis Center, the Biobank has secured human bioresources for several disease groups. Distributions have been made for 84 studies in total, including external distribution to basic medicine researchers and Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer researchers through the cooperation of the Gyeongnam Cancer Center. These studies have contributed to the publication of 33 research articles.
Public Relations and Future Plans
Objective quality control standards have been implemented; high-quality human bioresources are being collected. A system has been constructed that providessupport for personalized distribution to individual researchers. In particular, serial biospecimens collected throughout one individual’s life and those related to pediatric diseases are being obtained. Seminars have been held for staff members of the Korean Pediatric Society, the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the Korean Society of Gastroenterology. Further, GNUH participates in conferences on digestive system research with respect to the use of human biospecimens.
- Address: Gyeongsang National University Hospital Regional Biobank, 79 Gangnam-ro (90 Chilam-dong), Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea (52727)
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