The Biobanco-IMM is integrated in the Academic Medical Center of Lisbon (CAML), which brings together on the same campus a research institute (Instituto de Medicina Molecular - IMM), a medical school (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa - FMUL) and an university hospital (Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte - CHLN, Hospital de Santa Maria - HSM).
Biobanks are strategic tools for the development of medicine and translational research. The Biobanco-IMM includes biological samples (from surgery, biopsies, blood samples, …) which are voluntarily donated with permission for preservation and future use in biomedical research. All samples are accompanied by clinical information, a crucial factor for subsequent research. The Biobanco-IMM is approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee and by the National Commission for Data Protection.
João Eurico Fonseca, MD, PhD – director (jcfonseca at fm.ul.pt)
Supervise the Biobanco-IMM operations and coordinates the activities of the scientific commission and technical commission.
Joana Caetano-Lopes, PhD – project manager (jrlopes at fm.ul.pt)
Improvement and quality counseling of Biobanco-IMM projects.
Ângela Afonso, BSc, - technical supervisor (angelaafonso at fm.ul.pt)
Preparation, storage, quality control of the samples and management of the database.
Ricardo Pires, BSc – tumor área consultant (rpires at fm.ul.pt)
Tumor area adviser and the liaison between the Biobanco-IMM and the National network of tumor banks.
Technical team – Rita Cascão, PhD (ritacascao at fm.ul.pt), Ana Sofia Zhao, MSc (anazhao at fm.ul.pt), Vanessa Silva, BSc
Scientific Commission - with the mission of evaluating proposals and authorizing sample use
Alexandre Mendonça, MD; Dulce Brito, MD; Gabriel Miltényi, MD, PhD; Joana Caetano-Lopes, PhD; Joaquim Ferreira, MD, PhD; Luís Costa, MD, PhD; Madalena Martins, PhD; Ruth Geraldes, MD; Sandra Casimiro, PhD; Sofia Oliveira, PhD; Tiago Outeiro, PhD.
Technical commission - with the mission of ensure the legal and technical framework for proper functioning.Alexandra Maralhas, BSc; André Fialho, BSc; ; Filipa Nunes, PhD; Margarida Gago, BSc; Tito Silva, PhD.
The IMM biobank is a service provided by the IMM to the community. This service includes collection, processing and storage of biological samples from donors, along with relevant clinical information. Samples will be available to the scientific community in order to facilitate, promote and develop national and international cooperation on translational research.
In addition to the storage of biological material, the biobank also provide services such as DNA and RNA extraction from tissue, blood and other body fluids, evaluation of the biological material quality, data management and general support for research projects.
The Biobanco-IMM pricing policy has in consideration the following aspects:
· For IMM groups, there is no payment associated with deposit of samples.
· For external groups the terms of the agreement have to be individually adapted, depending on the number and type of samples involved.Payment is applied only when the samples are requested and is calculated accordingly to the cost of processing.
» Prices 2012 (in Portuguese)
Connection to the european network of Biobanks (BBMRI)
The Biobanco-IMM joined the european network of biobanks (BBMRI). To see the collections available in the Biobanco-IMM, as well as in others European Biobanks, follow the link:
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How to access the service
Learn more about us in www.biobanco.pt
Questions shlould be asked via the email: immbiobanco at fm.ul.pt
For more information about the Biobanco-IMM please see the documents available.
Edifício Egas Moniz
Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Prof. Egas Moniz
1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 217 999 437, (+351) 965 152 588
Internal phone extensions: 47047 (office), 47024 (lab), 92903 (mobile)
Email: immbiobanco at fm.ul.pt
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