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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 João Lobo Antunes - iMM), 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.

Scientific Commission - Evaluates proposals and authorizes sample use. João Eurico da Fonseca; Cristina Ferreira; Alexandre Mendonça; Dulce Brito;  Joana Caetano-Lopes; Leonor Correia Guedes; Luís Costa; Ruth Geraldes; Sandra Casimiro.

Technical commission - Ensures the legal and technical framework for proper functioning. Alexandra Maralhas; Filipa Nunes; Margarida Gago​.


The iMM Biobank is a service provided by the iMM 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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service directors:
Cláudia Coelho Faria

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