Biobank Sample

NCBN Electronic-Catalogue-based Database

The "NCBN Electronic-Catalogue-based Database" was created to enable medical researchers to search the Biobank samples collected by each National Center.  The information registered in the database relates to each ”new” collection samples, as set out in the Agreement. 

*Please see the following page regarding the samples offered and stored in individual studies on specific research themes before the launch of this project.  "the samples and information (”existing” collection samples) previously offered by individual research, and already stored (in Japanese)"

Collection Schedule List

The purpose of the NCBN Project, as shown in the diagram below, is to store and manage various biological samples collected for academic research, drug discovery research, development of new diagnostic method, and individualized medicine, as well as for joint researches, among others.  Each of the 6NCs is in charge of a principal diseases category (cancer; cardiovascular diseases; psychoneurotic and neuromuscular diseases; immune, metabolic, and infectious diseases; growth-related diseases; and geriatric diseases).  Each NC takes advantage of its medical expertise and collects high-quality samples with high-accuracy clinical information.  In addition, as collaborative efforts across 6NCs, we focus on a collection for the following four common disease categories (as “priority” diseases affecting the health of a relatively large number of people in Japan):
  ① Cancer,  ② Cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors,  ③ Dementia, and  ④ Allergy and immune disorder.

Information about accessible samples that are stored and managed in each NC is shown on the page of “accessible catalogue”.

Examples for bio-resource utilization

Accessible Catalogue

The following table is an overview about the biological samples collected and stored and the leading studies managed by each NC.

  1. Please click the name of each NC in the NC column, then you can browse each NC’s Biobank project overview page. (in Japanese)
  2. Please click the access field, then you can browse the description page for access to biological samples (such as the propriety and condition of joint research, etc.) stored and managed by the individual NC. (in Japanese)
NC Biological samples to be collected Leading study (example) Access
National Cancer Center Blood, histopathology, DNA, etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese): Blood | Tissue
Basic research, clinical public health research, and policy-related research of cancer
National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Blood, urine, histopathology, paraffin blocks, etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese)
NCVC Hospital cohort, Translational Research
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry Blood, DNA, Muscle tissue, Cerebrospinal fluid, Postmortem brain etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese)
Pathogenesis research of neuropsychiatric disease, muscular disease, and developmental disorder
National Center for Global Health and Medicine Blood, biopsy sample, DNA, etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese)
Development of biomarkers diagnostic method of infectious disease, metabolic disease and immune disorder
National Center for Child Health and Development Placenta and liver tissue, patients derived cells, umbilical cord blood, etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese)
Study of pathogenesis of intractable diseases in children and birth cohort
National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology Blood, DNA, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.
protocol/SOP (in Japanese)
Research on dementia, physical vulnerability and musculoskeletal disease due to aging

Procedures to use biobank samples in research

The Biobank project is considering the distribution (sale in lots) of samples in the future.  Until further notice, the use of any sample can be arranged for joint research projects through the Biobank in each National Center.  Each NC Biobank is proactive in encouraging joint research.  It is also possible for researchers to contact us (NCBN Central Biobank Secretariat) to receive samples as your contact point.  These links provide forms for the MTA (Material Transfer Agreement) and Joint Research Agreement.  Please use them to modify individual joint research projects. 

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