Definition of biobank in English:

biobank

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Biobanking is a multi-disciplinary endeavour and biobanks exist in an eco-system that benefits from collaborative efforts.’
    • ‘The biobank would also act as a national focus for training in the fields of molecular genetics, biostatistics and epidemiology.’
    • ‘The samples are also stored at UP's New Bolton Center biobank to aid future research.’
    • ‘The biobank will provide data on disease risk associated with specific genotypes in individuals with and without various exposures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The same healthbanks could act as clearing houses for biobanks, other healthcare resources and IT-intensive databases held in public-private partnerships.’
    • ‘In addition, individual consent will be required for inclusion of each sample obtained specifically for a biobank.’
    • ‘For 10 years, they will be followed through their national health care records, which will be copied into the Biobank.’
    • ‘There are significant challenges and opportunities facing biobanks in terms of the need to share samples, information, knowledge and expertise, technologies, opportunities and risks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike the Health Sector Database, the biobanks will not be maintained as one centralized bank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

biobank

/ˈbīōˌbaNGk/