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Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome Project

Objective

The clinical and genetic investigations of diseases of the Cypriot population as well as eHealth are a priority of the Smart Specialization Strategy of the Cyprus government. This strategy can best be served by creating a Centre of Excellence (CoE) with two main spear heads: A contemporary Biobank and a research facility for developing the Cyprus Human Genome Project. Biobanks are organized collections of medical records and biological material of all types, aimed to support biomedical research, serving as repositories and distribution centers. Cyprus, as a Low Performing Member State, was the last country that started a Biobank, when 4 years ago we were competitively funded by the European Regional Development Fund & the Republic of Cyprus through the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. That project provided €2m, 0.4m of which was for creating a seed infrastructure for Biobanking. The rest was used for research in inherited kidney diseases. The money for Biobanking was too little for supporting a contemporary operation of recruiting adequate numbers of patients with complete records and promoting translational research. Here, we propose to upgrade the existing small infrastructure and turning it into a CoE with the assistance of Advanced Partners who led a similar operation Europe-wide, Prof. K. Zatloukal, coordinator of the Biobanking & BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure that recently became an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) directed by Jan-Eric Litton (BBMRI-ERIC) located in Graz, Austria. The previous activity allowed us to comprehend the problems associated with patient recruitment and record collection. This can now serve as a starting point for upgrading it into a larger scale operation of European standard, aimed at leading the Cyprus Human Genome Project, part of which will be the sequencing of 1000 Cypriot genomes. This CoE will provide the prospects for innovative research and lead Cyprus into the European Research Area.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/health care services/ehealth
  • /social sciences/educational sciences
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/obstetrics and gynaecology/obstetrics/fetal medicine
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/nephrology/kidney diseases

Call for proposal

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

SGA-CSA - Specific Grant agreement and Coordination and Support Action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Address
1, Panepistimiou Avenue, 2109, Aglantzia
1678 Nicosia
Cyprus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 238 162,50

Participants (3)

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 93 000
Address
Auenbruggerplatz 2
8036 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIOBANKS AND BIOMOLECULAR RESOURCES RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (BBMRI-ERIC)
Austria
EU contribution
€ 64 475
Address
Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 2/B/6
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
RTD TALOS LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 65 000
Address
Diogenous 1 Block A Egomi
2404 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)