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Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research across Europe and Africa

Objective

B3Africa - Bridging Biobanking and Biomedical Research across Europe and Africa will dramatically improve and facilitate the development of better predictive, preventive and personalized healthcare worldwide. The rapidly evolving African biobanks are an invaluable resource: The African population has the greatest genomic diversity on the planet and represents an incredible resource of information to advance biomedical research. B3Africa aims to implement a cooperation platform and technical informatics framework for biobank integration between Africa and Europe. The collaboration harmonizes the ethical and legal framework, biobank data representation and bioinformatics pipelines for sharing data and knowledge among biobanks and allowing access for researchers from both continents. Main actors from the relevant initiatives including Human Heredity and Health in Africa project (H3Africa), European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources research infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC) and LMIC Biobank and Cohort Network (BCNet) collaborate in B3Africa to address the following objectives:
• Defining an ethical and regulatory framework for biobank data sharing between Europe and Africa
• Defining data models for representing biobank and research data based on existing best practices, standards and ontologies
• Designing an informatics platform using existing open-source software (with eBioKit and BiBBox as essential modules) integrating workflows for biobank applications
• Implementation of an education and training system for information and capacity building
• Validating the B3Africa concept with existing biobanks from both continents
B3Africa will provide the critical mass to maximise efficiency in biomedical research, supports defragmentation through integration and allows efficient leverage of existing biobanks and e-infrastructures in Europe and Africa. The technical informatics framework will be designed for easy upscaling and integration with other research infrastructures.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/heredity
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/data protection
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics/ethical principles

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 441 250

Participants (10)

BIOBANKS AND BIOMOLECULAR RESOURCES RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (BBMRI-ERIC)
Austria
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 2/B/6
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SUR LE CANCER
France
EU contribution
€ 365 000
Address
150 Cours Albert Thomas
69372 Lyon Cedex 08
Activity type
Other
International Livestock Research Institute
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Old Naivasha Rd
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
Auenbruggerplatz 2
8036 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTE OF HUMAN VIROLOGY NIGERIA LTDGTE
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Pent House Maina Court Plot 252 Herbert Macaulay W Central Business District
900248 Abuja
Activity type
Research Organisations