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Model requirements for Biobank Software Systems



Edit Tukacs1, 4*, Agnes Korotij2, Zsuzsanna Maros-Szabo1, 4, Agnes Marta Molnar3, Andras Hajdu1, Zsolt Torok1, 4



1University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics, Bioinformatics Research Group, 4010 Debrecen, POB 12, Hungary; 2University of Debrecen, Faculty of Arts, Doctoral School of Linguistics, 4010 Debrecen, POB 47, Hungary; 3University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Faculty of Public Health, 4012 Debrecen, POB 2, Hungary; 4Astrid Research Inc., 4029 Debrecen, 22/A. Cegléd Street, Hungary


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Received March 27, 2012; Accepted March 28, 2012; Published March 31, 2012



Biobanks are essential tools in diagnostics and therapeutics research and development related to personalized medicine. Several international recommendations, standards and guidelines exist that discuss the legal, ethical, technological, and management requirements of biobanks. Today’s biobanks are much more than just collections of biospecimens. They also store a huge amount of data related to biological samples which can be either clinical data or data coming from biochemical experiments. A well-designed biobank software system also provides the possibility of finding associations between stored elements. Modern research biobanks are able to manage multicenter sample collections while fulfilling all requirements of data protection and security. While developing several biobanks and analyzing the data stored in them, our research group recognized the need for a well-organized, easy-to-check requirements guideline that can be used to develop biobank software systems. International best practices along with relevant ICT standards were integrated into a comprehensive guideline: The Model Requirements for the Management of Biological Repositories (BioReq), which covers the full range of activities related to biobank development. The guideline is freely available on the Internet for the research community.





Biobank software system, guideline, model requirement, personalized medicine



Tukacs et al. Bioinformation 8(6): 290-292 (2012)

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P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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