Biobank Graz is a central research facility of Medical University of Graz providing logistics and infrastructure for optimal support of researchers at our university and all over the world. Our services comprise state-of-the-art biobanking processes for collecting, processing and storing of biological samples and their associated data.
Particular attention is paid to sample and data quality as well as to the protection of individual rights of donors. To foster medically relevant research discoveries, Biobank Graz supplies stored samples along with their anonymized data to biomedical scientists and researchers worldwide.
Biobanks are collections of biological samples and their associated data, organized in a structured, readily analysable format. Academic biobanks for medical research typically contain tissue samples, blood and other body fluids, as well as cells and DNA samples of human origin. As research data from these samples can be linked with anonymized data from medical records, environmental exposure, lifestyle information and other medically relevant information, biobanks are considered invaluable resources for medical research.
Biobanks and their infrastructures hold key resources to:
- understand gene-environmental/lifestyle interactions
- unravel the molecular basis of disease subtypes and enable personalized medicine
- develop biomarkers
- identify new targets for therapy
- boost development in drug discovery