Biobanking at RCSI
Biobanks are collections of biological samples (such as blood, DNA or tissue) and associated data (such as clinical information) established to support scientific knowledge. Biobanks are an invaluable resource in the global effort for more precise and personalised medicines.
RCSI investigators have established and manage a number of important biobanks, often working closely with our partner hospitals and studying the data with collaborators around the world. For example, data from RCSI biobanks have helped inform safer prescribing of treatments for epilepsy, avoiding dangerous adverse reactions. They have also facilitated more accurate diagnosis for subtypes of alpha-1 deficiency syndrome, which in turn can guide treatments that target the underlying cause of disease. As more data becomes available through biobanks, researchers can use these resources to advance patient treatment and improve outcomes.
Our biobanks include:
- Brain Tumour Ireland Biobank
- Breast Cancer Biobank
- Dublin Brain Bank
- Epilepsy biobanking
- Genetic Lung Disease Biobank
- Irish DNA Atlas
- Irish Kidney Gene Project Biobank
- Interstitial Lung Disease Biobank
To help support our investigators, the University has developed the RCSI Biobanking Service.
For further information, please contact Prof. Gianpiero Cavalleri.