An overview of the collections of biological materials at Biobank Graz is given here >>Contents
For information about the availability of samples for your specific research project, please directly contact the project management of Biobank Graz: biobank(at)medunigraz.at
The general procedure for your project request is explained in this flowchart >>Access rules
Here you can find all details on the access policy of Biobank Graz as well as information how project requests are processed >>Access policy
Biobank Graz as part of the Medical University of Graz has established a close collaboration with the University Hospital Graz. Human samples and associated date are directly collected from patients at the University Hospital. Therefore, the complete medical history of patients that signed the Informed consent is available upon request. In cooperation with the specific departments, Biobank Graz can retrieve clinical data, survival data as well as other available data.
Yes, for specific research interests it is possible to start a prospective collection of human samples according to specific exclusion and inclusion criteria. Prospective collections are set up in cooperation with the respective department at University Hospital Graz. Biobank Graz also offers to be central storage facility of lager projects such as EU-funded projects. For questions please contact: biobank(at)medunigraz.at
Together with BBMRI.at we are working on an online database that provides an overview of available samples at Biobank Graz. The respective link is: http://catalog.bbmri.at/ This database gives a first overview of the samples available at Biobank Graz. For more details please directly contact the project management of Biobank Graz: biobank(at)medunigraz.at
Yes, Biobank Graz is certified according to EN/ISO 9001:2008 and works according to specific ‘Standard operating procedures’ (SOPs). This assures that samples are collected, processed and stored complying to standardized and quality assured work processes.
Furthermore, Biobank Graz established 2D barcoded samples and automated processing and storing of samples that enable high quality documentation of sample handling and storage.
The service fees vary depending on the affiliation of the applicant:
In any case, the cost calculation is greatly dependent on the specific project request, since every project has different features resulting in variable costs. For all Research Projects receiving samples from Biobank Graz, there are no direct costs for the human samples. For further information, please contact: biobank(at)medunigraz.at
The response time of Biobank Graz depends on the complexity of the submitted project. Project requests are generally answered within two calendar days. Database search for the number of available samples may take a few days as well, depending on the complexity of inclusion and exclusion criteria for sample selection. As a rule of thumb the decision of the university internal “Approval committee” is delivered within 3 weeks.
From our donors we collect Informed consents that cover all issues of modern biomedical research. For sample transfer a positive ethics committee vote as well as the approval of our university internal “Approval committee” is mandatory.
For more details click here >>Access rules