The EuPA Biobank Initiative: Meeting the future challenges of biobanking in proteomics & systems medicine.

  • Proteomics of cellular signaling
September 08, 2015 By:
  • Wheelock AM
  • Paulson L
  • Litton JE
  • EuPA Biobank Initiative Group (Domon B as member for Luxembourg).

UNLABELLED: In this News & Reviews Discussion, the recently launched EuPA (European Proteomics Association) Biobank Initiative is introduced in the context of current and future challenges in biobanking. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a forumand knowledge platform for integrating the extensive experiences collected by the EuPA community, and link it to the European and international biobanking communities at large. The specific impact of providing a forum and easy access to this type of information to the EuPA community is the potential of improving the quality of future sample collections and biobanks, the quality of the research produced from these sample collections, as well as the output and productivity from existing biobanks. The underutilization of biobanks has recently been identified as an emerging issue of biobankingworldwide. Measures to improve our ability to locate and access appropriate sample collections for a wide range of research purposes may enhance both the scientific quality and biobank sustainability, thereby contributing to the important task of moving our research beyond basic findings and mere publications, into clinical practice. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This manuscript is intended as a Discussion piece, and represents a recollection of the presentation under the "EuPA Initiative" session at HUPO/EuPA 2014 in Madrid. The launch of the EuPA (European Proteomics Association) Biobank Initiative in the context of current and future challenges in biobanking is discussed. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a forum and knowledge base for integrating the extensive experiences collected by the EuPA community, and link it to the European and international biobanking communities at large. The specific impact of providing a forumand easy access to this type of information to the EuPA community is the potential of improving the quality of future sample collections and biobanks, the quality of the research produced from these sample collections, aswell as the output and productivity fromexisting biobanks. The underutilization of biobanks has recently been identified as a challenge to the well-being and economic sustainability of biobanking worldwide. Measures to improve our ability to localize and access appropriate sample collections for validation studies and other research purposes is thus of benefit bothto scientific quality and biobank sustainability, thereby contributing to the important task of moving our research beyond basic findings and mere publications, into clinical practice. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: HUPO 2014.

2015 Sep. J Proteomics.127(Pt B):414-6.
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