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Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome Project

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 664561

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.a.

  • Overall budget:

    € 460 637,50

  • EU contribution

    € 460 637,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Address

Kallipoleos Street 75
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

BIOBANKS AND BIOMOLECULAR RESOURCES RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (BBMRI-ERIC)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 64 475

RTD TALOS LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 65 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 664561

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.a.

  • Overall budget:

    € 460 637,50

  • EU contribution

    € 460 637,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus