Joint Nordic Biobank Research Infrastructure

The Nordic countries have been pioneers in the development of registry-based biobanks. In this project, scientists within the Nordic region will be sharing information and infrastructure through a common biobank registry in order to enhance knowledge about the causes of colorectal cancer.

A biobank is a systematised collection of biological material samples with associated databases used for research and in other applications. In this project, a large, interdisciplinary network of Nordic experts will collaborate on finding the best ways to identify the causes of colorectal cancer. The infrastructure of the Nordic countries is similar enough that biobank-based research can be implemented not only nationally, but at a large-scale Nordic level as well.

The project will enable researchers to create a common Nordic database of standardised information. A Nordic study population will be identified, and researchers will analyse samples from the biobank and compare them with the national cancer registers and material from questionnaires in order to try to zero in on the factors, environmental as well as genetic, that lead to colorectal cancer.

The Nordic initiative Nordic Biobank Network is a collaborative network between national biobanking infrastructures in the Nordic countries. Participants include in Sweden, in Finland, in Norway, Biobank Denmark, as well as researchers from Iceland, Faroe Islands and in Estonia – all working to achieve common results and strengthen research. The network also wishes to contribute Nordic expertise to developing the European biobank cooperation under BBMRI.ERIC.

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