Korea Biobank Network
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Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon
SUHB features 31 specialist treatment departments focusing on professional treatment and the rapid recovery of patients, and operates 16 specialist centers and 108 specific clinics for efficient treatment through close cooperation. Thus, SUHB has achieved success in various difficult surgeries and treatments and is growing as a skilled health center.
SUHB has optimal systems for patient treatment. It is equipped with the latest infrastructure and medical equipment, such as a Wide Area Medical Information Service, Picture Archiving and Communication System, Total Laboratory Automation System, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).The hospital implements the Soon Chun Hyang spirit of “loving humanity,” and leads the medical field as a skilled hospital that contributes to society. SUHB provides services to foreign patients at the International Healthcare Center, opened in April 2009, which is capable of providing global-level services to satisfy the demands of the increasing number of foreigners living in Korea and foreign tourists.
The SUHB Biobank fulfills its role in the collection and distribution of useful human bioresources in preparation for the medicine of the future, such as the prediction of disease occurrence, precise diagnosis of disease, and development of personalized drugs.
In 2001, the Biobank was designated as a Genome Research Center for Allergy and Respiratory Disease as part of the healthcare genome research and development project, and was established as a gene bank for allergy and respiratory diseases in Korean individuals. In 2008, the Ministry of Health and Welfare designated it as a Regional Biobank for allergy and respiratory diseases.
The SUHB Biobank operates through the donation of human bioresources, clinical information, and epidemiological information from providers with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, tuberculosis, COPD, interstitial lung disease, and allergic rhinitis, via cooperating institutions, including SUHB. This setup allows the continuous and stable collection of human bioresources for biological research in the field of medicine and healthcare. The Biobank is also constructing an in-house data base for safer data management.
- 2001: Start of collecting samples for research as Genome Research Center for Allergy and Respiratory Disease, designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare
- April 2005: Approval as an institution for genetic research and testing
- June 2008: Designated as a Regional Biobank
- April 2010: Designated as an organization for the donation, registration, and preservation of bioresources
by the Ministry of Health and Welfare
Status of Human Bioresources
The SUHB Biobank stores 280,000 vials of human bioresources, including blood, tissues, cells, and body fluids from over 16,000 individuals, targeting patients with allergy and respiratory diseases in accordance with HuBIS_Sam registration standards. To ensure the systematic collection of human bioresources, which are the core materials for research in biological science and technology, as well as corresponding clinical and epidemiological data, different clinical categories are recorded according to disease, and through the database, the data are made anonymous and encrypted for management, in accordance with the Bioethics and Safety Act.
Projects and Distribution Results
To date, the SUHB Biobank has received applications for distribution not only from internal researchers but also from researchers from 27 external institutions, including Konkuk University Department of Biomedical Science, Pusan National University Hospital, Korea University School of Medicine, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Chungang University Yongsan Hospital, and Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences. The Biobank has completed the distribution of 31,588 samples for 174 different research projects, thereby contributing to the publication of 95 research papers in international journals. The Biobank supports studies that use human bioresources, and will play a key role in research on biomarkers for respiratory diseases, including the development of diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic methods that incorporate these markers.
Public Relations and Future Plans
Continuous human bioresource donation is promoted through the distribution of KBP leaflets to hospital patients and visitors and the inclusion of an introduction to the SUHB Biobank in educational materials. Additionally, a promotional video was created by the NBK, which is played every month during training sessions to introduce the general public to biobanks. In addition, the Biobank has publicized itself to many researchers to increase its level of distribution. This goal has been achieved by providing an introduction to the Biobank and featuring information on current human bioresources on posters at regular conferences, such as the Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Korea Genome Organization, Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology, and Korean Academy of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases. In addition, the Biobank has a Distribution Review Board, which selects young, active researchers within the institution to become members of the Distribution Review Board, to ensure a more rapid early assessment of research tasks applying for distribution. Thus, researchers can actively participate in the work of the Biobank. In the future, by collecting and storing high-quality biospecimens and data, the Biobank aims to contribute considerably to basic research and distribute human bioresources to a larger number of researchers.
Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon Biobank, 170 Jomaru-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (14584)
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