Danish National Biobank & Biomarkers

Helle Bossen Konradsen

Contact

Helle Bossen Konradsen , Executive Vice President , Danish National Biobank & Biomarkers
T. +45 32683277 @. hbk@ssi.dk

Purpose

Biobank & Biomarkers (BOB) prevents congenital diseases, develops highly specialized marker analyses and provides a basis for health science research in biological materials as part of national and international collaborations.

BOB is responsible for the Danish National Biobank (DNB), a unique national research infrastructure as well as the Danish National Neonatal Screening Program and associated biobank. We also develop highly specialized analyses in congenital diseases, e.g. by applying the latest technologies in the genetic and genomic fields.

We contribute to health science research through our knowledge, samples, data and own research projects, and by promoting sample handout from DNB.

Tasks

The department Congenital Diseases (CD) carries out the national screening of all newborns in Denmark for congenital diseases, which is treatable by early diagnosis. CD also researches the identification of new disease markers and the development of highly specialized marker analyses for diagnostics. The department thus contributes to making precision medicine possible and improving public health in this field in Denmark and internationally.

Danish National Biobank (DNB) is a research infrastructure that supports health science research. The biobank aims at inclusion of approx. 22 million samples from 5.2 million people. Danish and foreign researchers can search among the biobank samples and interact with registers. In this way, researchers can identify samples taken in connection with a given diagnosis, and the system is able to display samples many years before or after a given disease, which provides unique opportunities for new research.

The department Prediagnostics & Service (PS) ensures reception and registration of all samples arriving at SSI. PS houses a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for managing samples, which ensures that all samples are registered and that analysis reports are sent to requisitors digitally. PS also provides service to diagnostic departments on SSI in the form of prediagnostic services and call center.