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Kyungpook National University Hospital
The story of Kyungpook NUH over the past century constitutes the history of the development of medicine in Korea. Kyungpook NUH strives to be one of the world’s leading hospitals. Out of all the regional university hospitals, including private hospitals, Kyungpook NUH performed the highest number of surgical procedures in 6 out of the 7 intractable disease groups, according to the Review and Assessment of the Health Insurance System. These groups include the major cancers (gastric, pancreatic, and esophageal), hematopoietic stem cell/bone marrow transplantation), cardiovascular diseases (coronary angioplasty, or the expansion of the coronary arteries and coronary artery bypass to create vascular routes for blood to flow around a blocked coronary blood vessel), and orthopedic (hip hemiarthroplasty, in which a part of the hip joint is replaced by an artificial joint) groups, all of which are most commonly experienced by the Korean population.
The Kyungpook NUH Biobank was established in March 2008. The main center moved to Kyungpook National University Medical Center (KNUMC) in Hakjeong-dong, Daegu, where facilities have been constructed to enable the systematic collection and research of human biospecimens and related clinical information data. The center includes collection, quality control, and cell culture rooms, as well as a laboratory for human biospecimens preparation, located on the fourth floor of the Cancer Center’s Research Building; storage facilities are on the second basement level of Building 3.
The Kyungpook NUH Biobank, after obtaining the informed consent of eligible patients, collects medical records for banked specimens, including pathological, clinical, and epidemiological findings. The collections are specifically processed for cells, tissue, and blood components related to intractable geriatric diseases (chronic and cardiovascular diseases, and the seven major cancers). Above all, the primary aim of the Biobank is the collection, processing, storage, and distribution of human bioresources under high quality control and assessment (QC and QA), which are performed according to SOPs. Human bioresources will become material for future research and development (R&D) contributing to disease diagnoses and treatments. These findings will in turn be used as invaluable resources for basic, clinical, and biomedical industries.
- March 2008: Selected as a Regional Biobank
- September 2008: Opened Kyungpook NUH Biobank
- May 2009: Selected as an outstanding organization within the KBP with commendation from the Minister of Health and Welfare
- March 2010: Hosted a biobank symposium for the advancement of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk -Medical Innovation Foundation (DGMIF)
- April 2010: Selected as Biological Resource Center (designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare)
Awarded recognition by the research institute (Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Minister’s Prize)
- October 2010: Storage facilities moved to KNUMC
- October 2011: Signed MOU with KNUMC
- February 2012: Signed MOU with Daegu Fatima Hospital
- November 2012: Signed MOU with the New Drug Development Support Center of DGMIF
- September 2013: Hosted a joint symposium with Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Biobank
- August 2014: Hosted a joint symposium with Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Biobank
- August 2015: Hosted a joint symposium with the Biobanks of Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center,
Gyeongsang NUH, Inje University, and Pusan NUH
- yeongnam area Held the Biobank Symposium (Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Gyeongsang NUH, Pusan NUH, Inje University hospital Biobank)
- Hosted a joint symposium with gyeongsang NUH Biobank (Kyungpook NUH, Pusan NUH, Inje University hospital, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Biobank)
- Hosted a joint symposium with Pusan NUH Biobank (Kyungpook NUH, gyeongsang NUH, Inje University hospital, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Biobank)
- Development of a Clinical Information System (Clinical Data Warehouse, CDW) for Clinical Information.
- Hosted a joint symposium with the Biobanks of Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center (Kyungpook NUH, gyeongsang NUH, Pusan NUH, Inje University hospital Biobank)
Status of Human Bioresources
The Kyungpook NUH Biobank stores approximately 400,000 vials of specific biospecimens. Collections include tissue and blood biospecimens (plasma, serum, and buffy coat) taken pre- and post-operation from patients with myocardial infarction and the seven major cancers (liver, gastric, colon, breast, thyroid, lung, and prostate cancer), especially cancers of the gastro-intestinal system.
Public Relations and Future Plans
Lectures and presentations (Kyungpook NUH Biobank PR Report) are presented at least once a month to remind relevant clinical professors and researchers of the importance and necessity of appropriate human bioresource research in accordance with the Bioethics and Safety Act. The goal is to provide encouragement and promote active utilization of the Biobank for resource donation and distribution. Concurrently, a publicity brochure is distributed to inform researchers of the generosity of donors.
In the case of multi-institution collaborative research, clinical doctors and researchers who have previously donated are encouraged to participate in the one-stop distribution process of collecting from the NBK to stimulate external distribution, which is a mission of KBP Phase 2.
Through the distribution of PR brochures, human bioresource donors are informed that their samples are valuable resources for research and their donation will contribute to the future advancement of medicine and bioengineering. Moreover, the PR brochure is distributed not only to patients in the hospital but also to their families. Active education and publicity events are also planned to be held at least once a month.
In the future, the Biobank will become a competitive bank in the collection of large-scale samples for intractable geriatric diseases from elderly healthcare and cancer centers. The Daegu-Gyeongbuk Biobank Network will provide the foundation for rapidly gathering rare samples for biotechnology researchers and developers of new technologies. In particular, Kyungpook NUH is selected as an Innovative Research-based Hospital and affiliated with the DGMIF. Kyungpook NUH will play an invaluable role from the R&D and product development stages to commercialization in biomedical science research institutes, universities, and corporate research institutes.
- Samdeok-dong Hospital:
- Kyungpook National University Hospital Biobank, 130 Dongdeok-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea (41944)
- Chilgok Hospital:
- Kyungpook National University Medical Center Biobank, 807 Hoguk-ro (474 Hakjeong-dong), Buk-gu,Daegu, South Korea (41404) Tel: 81532003578
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org