Centers & Services

Biobank

What is Biobank?

Current advances in medical science have resulted in the provision of more precise and more effective treatments with fewer side effects for various diseases, even those for which there was previously no treatment. Various research findings around the world, including Japan, have resulted in these advances. To provide better medical care to people, it is necessary to continue to engage in challenging biomedical research. Biobank is a type of biological materials repository, which collects, stores and distributes biological specimens with clinical information about the patients, including blood, organ tissue, urine and other specimens, to support medical investigation. Our Biobank offers these human-derived biological samples with clinical information for utilization in medical research to research institutes in Japan and overseas. The biological samples are expected to be valuable medical resources to support biomedical research in the fields of disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy, drug discovery, novel medical examination methodologies, prediction of the response to therapies and side effects, etc. We believe that advances in research carried out utilizing specimens offered by Biobank would lead to much better medical care for people around the world in the future.

Organization and Members

[Section]

  • Biorepositories Branch
  • Biomarker Analysis Branch

[Members]

  • Chief: Susumu Kanazawa, M.D., Ph.D. (Director, Okayama University Hospital)
  • Vice chief: Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical Research and Global Affairs Responsible)
  • Research Coordinator: We have four members who are engaged in obtaining informed consent for biobanking.
  • Lab Technician: We have four members who are engaged in storing and analyzing biospecimens.
  • Secretary: We have a member who is engaged in doing paperwork.

Operation Policy

We collect biological specimens with clinical information about the patients, store the samples as well as the information obtained from analysis of the specimens, and offer these medical resources to support medical research in disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy, and drug discovery. We also strongly facilitate collaborative investigations among research institutes in Japan and overseas. Furthermore, we offer many kinds of contracted molecular-biological analysis services including next-generation sequencing (MiSeq), biomolecular measurements (Bio-Plex 200 System) and digital PCR (QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System), and provide experimental equipments, such as live-cell imaging devices (IncuCyte ZOOM) and laser microdissectors (LMD7000).