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Harmonising population-based biobanks and cohort studies to strengthen the foundation of European biomedical science in the post-genome era

Objective

This coordination action aims to establish a collaborative research network that will identify and explore key issues that will help to ensure that Europe makes best use of its rich array of population-based biobanks and longitudinal cohort studies. These include major cohorts that already exist and exciting new initiatives that are just starting up. The ultimate aim is to harmonise those features that are common to many such studies and that, when harmonised, will help to: (1) promote communication between major biobanking initiatives; (2) enhance the effective sharing and synthesis of information and data; and (3) avoid the expensive mistakes and inefficiencies that can arise when individual initiatives repeatedly "re-invent the wheel". Because of its large and varied population-base, the population-centred nature of many of its health systems, and its past emphasis on the importance of population-based cohort studies, Europe is well placed to capitalise on the biomedical research opportunities that exist in the post-genome era. If we can ensure that our biobanks are able to work together to address pivotal research questions that fall outside the scope of projects funded by single nations, or even of large cohorts running across several nations, we can ensure that Europe remains at the cutting-edge of biomedical research internationally. Our long-term aim to harmonise large population-based biobanks and cohort studies in this manner is unashamedly ambitious. But it can undoubtedly be realised if it is approached in manageable stages. Given the pre-existing thought that has already been put into such harmonisation under initiatives such as the EU funded COGENE project and the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) with Canada, and under EU funded projects such as GenomEUtwin, this proposal for a Coordination Action represents the next logical step towards our ultimate aim and allows Europe to be well prepared for any research opportunities...

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-LIFESCIHEALTH-5
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Address
Geitmyrsveien 75
4404 Nydalen Oslo
Norway

Participants (17)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
REINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN
Germany
Address
Sigmund-freud-str. 25
Bonn
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
Trieste
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Address
Pl. Merce 12
Barcelona
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
Address
Nobels Vaeg 5
281 Stockholm
UK BIOBANK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Manchester Incubator Building, 48 Grafton Street
Manchester
KANSANTERVEYSLAITOS
Finland
Address
Mannerhemintie 166
Helsinki
ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING
Canada
Address
845 Sherbroke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
Address
101 Rue De Tolbiac
Paris
UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL
Canada
Address
3101, Chemin De La Tour
C.P. 6128 succ. Montreal
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
Address
University Road
Leicester
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Ülikooli 18
Tartu
CHARLES UNIVERSITY PRAGUE - 2. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Czechia
Address
V Uvalu 84
Prague
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Christou Lada 6
Athens
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Exhibition Road
London
ERASMUS MEDICAL CENTER, ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 50
1738 Rotterdam