Recent Advances in Biobanking: New Perspectives from Laboratory to Regulation

A special issue of High-Throughput (ISSN 2571-5135).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 February 2021) | Viewed by 460

Special Issue Editor

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Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padua, Via Falloppio 50, 35121 Padova, Italy
Interests: clinical genetics; molecular diagnostic; molecular analysis (DNA and mRNA) applied to human identification

Special Issue Information

The term biobank refers to a large, organized collection for research purposes of well-characterized samples with associated biological and medical data, with the purpose of underpinning and facilitating medical research efforts by providing high-quality, research-ready samples together with linked clinical data, according to a set of best practices and standards. However, today, the exponential added value is in the linked data and the clinical information that relates to them. The consequence is that it is important to consider the growing demand for high-quality and clinically annotated biospecimens due to genomic, post-genomic, and personalized medicine research activities. In this perspective, it is of paramount importance to consider the major problems related to the decentralized evolution of biobanking, such heterogeneous procedures for specimen collection and storage, issues related to specimen access, handling of all the data, biobank sustainability due to rising costs for personnel, equipment, sample storage, and establishment of new (standard) methods, and the novel field of imaging biobanks.

As biobanks are important sources for the provision of research-ready tissue as well as associated data, they can face a dual bottleneck of analytical laboratory harmonization and analytical data curation. These aspects are interconnected, and both can directly affect the biobank utilization rates.

This Special Issue invites papers exploring how new trends are being applied to biobanks, including critical perspectives on upcoming challenges, for example:

  1. Laboratory research trough biobanks;
  2. Biobank sustainability;
  3. New form of biological samples collection, processing, and storage;
  4. Recent advances in health research and technology on the types of samples and data provided by biobanks;
  5. Imaging biobanks;
  6. Systems for data protection in biobanking;
  7. Analytical laboratory harmonization;
  8. Analytical data curation.

Dr. Luciana Caenazzo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biobanks
  • harmonization
  • biospecimens
  • data protection
  • laboratory

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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