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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

The Danish National Biobank at Statens Serum Institute - Cohort of Denmark

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

Denmark is at the very front when it comes to epidemiological research. This is to a large extent thanks to the unique Danish registries which provide detailed information on the entire population. To further strengthen research opportunities, the Danish National Biobank has been established at Statens Serum Institut. Inaugurated in March 2012, the biobank boasts state-of-the-art freezers, robotic systems and laboratory facilities, and will store all kinds of biological specimens collected in the Danish health care system. In addition to the actual specimen reception, storing and dispensing, the biobank will include developmental projects whose purpose is to improve the possibilities to extract valuable information from biological material.

In addition to the physical biobank, the Danish National Biobank also includes an on-line biobank register, which links information about available biological specimens with disease codes and demographic information from national registries. Searching the register it will be possible to look up the number of biological specimens available for patients with a certain diagnosis.

Main focus of research: etiology, prevention and treatment of disease.

Approximate number of probands: final 5 million.

Types and number of biosamples available: currently 6 million, final 15 million biosamples.


Danish National Biobank
Mads Melbye
Division Director
Tel: 3268 3163

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Mads Melbye, see above.

Further information:

Website Statens Serum Institut: The Danish National Biobank

Website Danish National Biobank

BBMRI-LPC Biobanks
c/o Technische Universität München • Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology • Ismaninger Str. 22 • D-81675 München
tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066 & +49 (0)89-4140-4320 • wichmann[at] & klaus.kuhn[at]
Last modification of this page: 09.02.2015