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Welcome to the Malta BioBank


The Malta BioBank provides population based biomolecular tools to promote biomedical research both in Malta and in collaboration with other Euro-Mediterranean countries so as to improve healthcare. Many Academic and Corporate centers seek access to well organised collections of human biological materials and data to support discovery in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.

The intention of the Malta BioBank project is to sequence one percent of the Maltese population for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Copy Number Variations (CNVs). It is foreseen that this will lead to the discovery of genes and biomarkers to predict, detect and monitor disease together with the development of new pharmaceuticals/biotherapeutics (Theranostix). This will facilitate translational research and bridge the gap from bench to bedside.
 
The Malta BioBank has two main arms, the Clinical Bank which currently holds 10,000 samples and the Population Bank which stores 16,000 samples. The Malta BioBank provides a resource for hypothesis driven population biobanking, discovery with large informative families and the basis for genomics in the Mediterranean basin.

The Malta BioBank is a founding member of EuroBioBank (EBB) and the Biobanking and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) such that there are now good prospects to host a Euro-Mediterranean Hub/BBMRI Expert Center at the University of Malta (UoM). The University of Malta has now been confirmed the Malta-node of BBMRI-ERIC (BBMRI.mt).

The Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the University of Malta, which hosts the Malta BioBank, is a partner in the network of Haemoglobin laboratories and clinics, such as Electronic Infrastructure for Thalassaemia Research Network  (ITHANET) and Globin Bank and has collaborations, among others, with the European School of Genetic Medicine (EUROGENE) and the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Malta BioBank, through the University of Malta, is a partner in the Seventh Framework Protocol-funded project titled 'RD-Connect', that will strive to reach the IRDiRC goals: "200 new therapies for rare diseases and means to diagnose most rare diseases by the year 2020".

 


 

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