What is a biobank?
A biobank can be thought of as a freezer which runs at a very low temperature. It stores blood and tissue samples which are donated by patients to aid research. This secure, confidential and organised database helps our efforts to discover the causes of and possible treatments for conditions and diseases.
In a biobank, with the permission of those who donate, we can store this information over a period of time which allows us to conduct long-term studies and achieve comprehensive results. Other information given by patients, such as height, weight, blood pressure and lifestyle choices, can be cross-referenced with these samples to form a broader picture for our researchers.