The utility of collaborative biobanks for cardiovascular research
Author/s: -Shalhoub, J. -Davies, K. J. -Hasan, N. -Thapar, A. -Sharma, P. -Davies, A. H.
Differences between animal and human atherosclerosis have led to the requirement for clinical data, imaging information and biological material from large numbers of patients and healthy persons. Where such “biobanks” exist, they have been fruitful sources for genomewide association, diagnostic accuracy, ethnicity, and risk stratification cohort studies. In addition once established, they attract funding for future projects. Biobanks require a network of medical contributors, secure storage facilities, bioinformatics expertise, database managers, and ethical working practices to function optimally. There is the opportunity for collaboration between individual biobanks to further amplify the advantages afforded.