Definition of biobank in US English:



  • A large collection of biological or medical data and tissue samples, amassed for research purposes.

    ‘biobanks are a powerful tool in the study of complex diseases’
    • ‘The samples are also stored at UP's New Bolton Center biobank to aid future research.’
    • ‘The same healthbanks could act as clearing houses for biobanks, other healthcare resources and IT-intensive databases held in public-private partnerships.’
    • ‘Biobanking is a multi-disciplinary endeavour and biobanks exist in an eco-system that benefits from collaborative efforts.’
    • ‘But it is no use muttering about Luddism when people are simply asking how society will gain from new medical technologies or biobanks.’
    • ‘The rules governing researchers' access to the biobanks are in an early stage of development.’
    • ‘For 10 years, they will be followed through their national health care records, which will be copied into the Biobank.’
    • ‘In the current ethical and legal climate, a professionally managed biobank should adhere to guiding principles that start with consent and then maintain the integrity of the intertwined chains of supply, custody, trust and benefit.’
    • ‘Unlike the Health Sector Database, the biobanks will not be maintained as one centralized bank.’
    • ‘She explained how researchers will be able to access materials in the biobanks; specifically, consent will be required and collaboration with an Icelandic scientist may be required.’
    • ‘There are significant challenges and opportunities facing biobanks in terms of the need to share samples, information, knowledge and expertise, technologies, opportunities and risks.’
    • ‘To make useful contributions, biobanks have to be of sufficient size and quality, and be underpinned by robust information about the donors to allow meaningful studies to be conducted that take account of human biological variation.’
    • ‘The biobank would also act as a national focus for training in the fields of molecular genetics, biostatistics and epidemiology.’
    • ‘The biobank will provide data on disease risk associated with specific genotypes in individuals with and without various exposures.’
    • ‘In addition, individual consent will be required for inclusion of each sample obtained specifically for a biobank.’
    • ‘Revitalizing suburbs and building biobanks are great ideas, but none will be executed if our future leaders don't believe these projects will benefit anyone.’