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Jeju National University Hospital (JNUH)
JNUH was founded as Jihye Medical Center in 1910; it was renamed to Jeju Medical Center, and then became Jeju National University Hospital. With a history of over 100 years, JNUH is the only national university hospital in Jeju-do and assumes responsibility for public medical services in the Jeju region.
In February 2011, the JNUH Biobank was selected as a Regional Biobank with support from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Having constructed a system of cooperation with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's NBK and the Regional Biobanks in individual regions, the JNUH Biobank manages a national network.
- February 2011: Selection as the Regional Biobank for Jeju-do
- April 2011: Forging of MOU with Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital
- November 2011:Signing a multi-institutional MOU (Wonkwang National University School of Medicine and Hospital,
Chonbuk NUH, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital)
- February 2012: Symposium for exchange and cooperation between institutions in the MOUs (chaired by JNUH)
Status of Human Bioresources
The JNUH Biobank operates in several areas for the specialization of human resource collection. The pathology department collects blood and tissue from patients with solid cancers, such as gastric, colon, lung, breast, hepatobiliary, and thyroid cancer, as well as lymphomas. Additionally, the diagnostic medicine department collects blood, bone marrow, and other bodily fluids from hematological cancers, chronic and genetic diseases, and healthy control groups; it also collects specialized human bioresource samples from population-based collaborative control groups in the local community.
Projects and Distribution Results
Distribution has been conductedfor13 study tasks, including research on variation in the TLR9 gene and the risk of ischemic strokes. The Biobank has undertaken the construction of a database for transcriptome expression in different tissues. To date, these distributions have resulted in the publication of four research articles.
Public Relations and Future Plans
Compared with the other regions, Jeju-do is a more convenient area for disease studies and the collection of demographic and follow-up data owing to its geographical characteristics that restrict the movement of population groups. Moreover, its location is useful for regional population-based collaborative studies that include healthy individuals.
The Biobank aims to maintain its uniqueness as a Regional Biobank by focusing its research on rare diseases that are common in Jeju-do, such as the cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) disease.
No. 616, Biobank Office, B1F Jeju National University, 1753-3 Ara-1-dong, Jeju-si, Korea (63241)
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