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

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...

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Coordinator

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Address

Geitmyrsveien 75
4404 Nydalen Oslo

Norway

Administrative Contact

Jennifer HARRIS (Dr)

Participants (17)

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UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

REINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN

Germany

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE

Italy

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

UK BIOBANK LTD

United Kingdom

KANSANTERVEYSLAITOS

Finland

ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING

Canada

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL

Canada

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU

Estonia

CHARLES UNIVERSITY PRAGUE - 2. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Czechia

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

ERASMUS MEDICAL CENTER, ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518148

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 827 720

  • EU contribution

    € 800 870

Coordinated by:

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Norway