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The first biobank from the counties of Girona has been set up after the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia conceded the authorization for the constitution and functioning of the Biobank of the Dr Josep Trueta Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI).
The new IDIBGI Biobank aims to collect and store human biological samples to make them available to the scientific community and thus to dedicate them to advances in the research of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and strokes, among others. The service will be located in the Dr Josep Trueta University Hospital, but it will connect the entire hospital and research network of Girona.
Biobanks are the unit responsible for safely and effectively collecting and processing biological samples of a human origin and the associated data destined to medical research. The current legislation makes it practically essential for all centres dedicated to biomedical research to have a biobank in order to store these samples.
The IDIBGI Biobank forms part of the Catalan Biobank Network, with 13 members, and is also integrated in the Spanish National Biobank Registry of the Institute of Health Carlos III. In this way, the Biobank strengthens the work carried out in the network and facilitates the work of the scientists. The Biobank also provides assessment services on methodological, ethical and legal aspects related with the use of the samples.
The agency is led by Dr José Manuel Fernández-Real and coordinated by the biologist Aina Rodríguez. Two external committees, an ethics committee and a scientific committee, supervise the Biobank’s activity.
IDIBGI was created in 2004 to promote, develop, manage and disseminate the biomedical research conducted in the counties of Girona. Currently, the institute brings together research groups from the Dr Josep Trueta University Hospital, the University of Girona, the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging (IDI), the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) in Girona.Posted in: Biobank, Biomedical research