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Harmonizing biobank research: An achievable world-wide goal
Date:3/13/2009

is coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Harris at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and includes 18 partners in 13 countries. PHOEBE identifies and explores key issues to help to ensure that Europe makes best use of its rich array of population-based biobanks and longitudinal cohort studies. The ultimate aim is to harmonise those features that will help to: (1) promote communication between major biobanking initiatives; (2) enhance the effective sharing and synthesis of information and data; and (3) avoid the expensive mistakes and inefficiencies that can arise when individual initiatives repeatedly "re-invent the wheel". PHOEBE work is broadly focused around five main themes: epidemiology and biostatistics, opportunities for future biobanking in Europe, database and biobank information management systems, strategies for genotyping in large scale studies, and ethical and societal issues.

P3G
The Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) is a not-for-profit international consortium to promote collaboration between researchers in the field of population genomics.

It has been launched in order to provide the international population genomics community with the resources, tools and know-how to facilitate data management for improved methods of knowledge transfer and sharing.

Its main objective consists in the creation of an open, public and accessible knowledge database. The motto is transparency and collaboration.

BBMRI
BBMRI is a project funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission. Its mission is to prepare for the construction of a pan-European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) for biomedical and biological research, building on existing infrastructures, resources and technologies, specifically complemented with innovative components and properly embedded into European ethical, legal and societal frameworks.


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Contact: Elisabeth Shaw
elisabeth.shaw@fhi.no
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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