What is a biobank?

Biobanks are a collection of biological samples. Different types of samples including blood, urine, skin biopsies and associated clinical information are collected and stored usually indefinitely for use in research. Biobanks can have a specific purpose, for example, collecting samples from people affected by a particular disease, or they can be population-based. They are an invaluable resource for scientists because they streamline the patient recruitment process by providing a large collection of samples all in one place.

This allows for higher quality research to be conducted more quickly.

We are currently operating two biobanks in Trinity College Dublin. Click below for more information.