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The Biobanco-IMM is integrated in the Academic Medical Center of Lisbon (CAML), which brings together on the same campus a research institute (Instituto de Medicina Molecular - iMM Lisboa), a medical school (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa - FMUL) and an university hospital (Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte - CHLN, Hospital de Santa Maria - HSM).

Biobanks are strategic tools for the development of medicine and translational research. The Biobanco-IMM includes biological samples (from surgery, biopsies, blood samples, ...) which are voluntarily donated with permission for preservation and future use in biomedical research. All samples are accompanied by clinical information, a crucial factor for subsequent research. The Biobanco-IMM is approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee and by the National Commission for Data Protection.

The Biobanco-IMM allows the study of the pathogenesis of multiple diseases with enormous impact on human health (such as neurological diseases, rheumatic disorders and cancer), improving the identification of new prognostic and diagnostic tests and new therapeutic targets. Our vision is that the Biobanco-IMM will be a contribution for promoting health and well-being of society, but will also have the potential to act as a catalyst for new opportunities for cooperation between national and international researchers, institutions and pharmaceutical industry.

Team

Joana Caetano-Lopes, PhD - Project manager (jrlopes@fm.ul.pt)
Improvement and quality counseling of Biobanco-IMM projects.

Ângela Afonso, MSc, - Technical supervisor (angelaafonso@fm.ul.pt)
Preparation, storage, quality control of the samples and management of the database.

Ricardo Pires, BSc - Tumor área consultant (rpires@fm.ul.pt)
Tumor area adviser and the liaison between the Biobanco-IMM and the National network of tumor banks.

Technical team - Ana Sofia Zhao, MSc (anazhao@fm.ul.pt), Telmo Catarino MSc

Scientific Commission - with the mission of evaluating proposals and authorizing sample use.
João Eurico da Fonseca, MD; Cristina Ferreira MD; Alexandre Mendonça, MD; Dulce Brito, MD; Joana Caetano-Lopes, PhD; Joaquim Ferreira, MD, PhD; Luís Costa, MD, PhD; Ruth Geraldes, MD; Sandra Casimiro, PhD; Sofia Oliveira, PhD;

Technical commission - with the mission of ensure the legal and technical framework for proper functioning.
Alexandra Maralhas, BSc ; Filipa Nunes, PhD; Margarida Gago, BSc; José Braga, PhD; Teresa Ferreira

Services

The iMM Lisboa biobank is a service provided by the iMM Lisboa to the community. This service includes collection, processing and storage of biological samples from donors, along with relevant clinical information. Samples will be available to the scientific community in order to facilitate, promote and develop national and international cooperation on translational research.
In addition to the storage of biological material, the biobank also provide services such as DNA and RNA extraction from tissue, blood and other body fluids, evaluation of the biological material quality, data management and general support for research projects.

Connection to the european network of Biobanks (BBMRI)

The Biobanco-IMM joined the european network of biobanks (BBMRI). To see the collections available in the Biobanco-IMM, as well as in others European Biobanks, follow the link:

European Network of Biobanks

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How to access the service
Learn more about us in www.biobanco.pt
Questions shlould be asked via the email: immbiobanco@fm.ul.pt
For more information about the Biobanco-IMM please see the documents available.

Informed consent
Biobank operation principles

Activity Reports

Report 2015

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