BBMRI.at is the national node of the European research infrastructure for biobanks BBMRI-ERIC. BBMRI.at is an initiative and association of Austrian universities and biobanks with the aim of developing a national research infrastructure based on biobanks.
Biobanks collect, process and store biological samples and associated data, which represent valuable resources, in close collaboration with their clinical partners. They are essential for innovations in personalized and precision medicine and for the development of biomarkers, diagnostics and drugs. This requires a standardized and coordinated management of samples, data and processes in the areas of quality management as well as ethical, legal and social issues in biobanks.
BBMRI.at is funded by BMWFW (GZ 10.470/0016-II/3/2013 (2013-2018); BMBWF-10.470/0010-V/3c/2018 (2018-2023).
Research field/Product range
- BBMRI.at is involved in the development of uniform, internationally valid procedures and (ISO, CEN) standards for sample, data and quality management and establishes them in BBMRI.at (e.g. for the treatment of tissue, blood, microbiome samples, or digital pathology). BBMRI.at advises and offers courses in the field of quality management (www.bbmri.at/quality-management).
- BBMRI.at develops approaches to make it easier for researchers from universities and industry to access biobanks and establish research collaborations using quality-defined samples and data, and to create a “trusted data environment”. For example, a database for recording and searching for biobanks, human/animal samples and data was (co-)developed (www.bbmri.at/catalog). Special sample cohorts are described at http://bbmri.at/biobank-cohorts.
- BBMRI.at and partners have expertise and infrastructures for highly infectious pathogen investigation (BSL-3 laboratory) and for the digitization of stained tissue sections to whole slide images for e.g. artificial intelligence applications.
- For the involvement of various stakeholders – above all citizens and researchers – BBMRI.at regularly conducts interviews, group discussions or surveys, as well as biobank tours and children’s university workshops.
Networking and cooperation with various stakeholders, such as biobanks, researchers, citizens, sample donors, authorities, healthcare organizations, the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, legal and ethics experts and other national BBMRI nodes (e.g. IT, SLO, CZ, CY) are very important to BBMRI.at. For examples of (inter)national cooperation, see www.bbmri.at/projects).
In einer mehrwöchigen Serie hat das Magazin Spirit of Styria „Frauen mit Spirit“ zur Geschlechtergerechtigkeit befragt. Auch Cornelia Stumptner (BBMRI.at), Eva Sigl und Andrea Heinzle (Qualizyme) sowie Julia Pirkenau (Human.technology Styria) aus dem ZWT standen dabei Rede und Antwort .
Der Standard hat über das Digitalisierungsprojekt im ZWT berichtet, durch das sich völlig neue Methoden in der Diagnostik von Erkrankungen ergeben.
Die Anforderungen an das analytische Performance Testing im Konnex mit der IVDR stehen im Fokus der Online-Fachkonferenz, die BBMRI.at gemeinsam mit LISAvienna und en.co.tec am 20. und 21. Oktober 2020 organisiert. Gleich anmelden!