Welcome to the Department of Biobank Research
We offer services for researchers who want access to regional biobank samples and data.
The Department of Biobank Research (EBF) provides data management for research in approximately 50 sample collections. The samples are handled by Biobanken Norr.
The largest projects/cohorts have an umbrella name, NSHDS (Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study) which consists of VIP (Västerbotten Intervention Programme), MA (Mammary Screening Project) and MO (The Northern Sweden MONICA Project).
The largest sample collection, VIP, includes biological sample information regarding height, weight, blood lipids, blood sugar and blood pressure for the samples. The participants also completed a survey about smoking, medication use, eating habits and other lifestyle patterns. VIP includes samples and/or surveys from more than 115,000 people.
As of 2012, there is an agreement between the managing researchers, Umeå University and Västerbotten County Council whereby the county council is responsible for collecting and storing biobank material. The university ensures that biobank research and other related research can take place via the research-support organization Department of Biobank Research (EBF).
Service for researchers
The Department of Biobank Research offers services for researchers who want access to regional biobank samples and data. The service is open to both national and international researchers.