In 2012, IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg) participated in a European Seventh Framework (FP7) programme that aims to sustain access to tissue samples that were exposed to radioactivity. IBBL scientists assessed the robustness and reproducibility of laboratory methods that were proposed by the programme’s consortium.
IBBL has recently become a partner in a number of multinational European research programmes for which it is providing biobanking services ranging from storage of high quality biospecimens and data to sample processing and verification of laboratory procedures.
One such framework project, supported by the European Union within the FP7 Euratom programme, has set up an international platform to share biological samples, data, and methods from experiments investigating the effect and dangers of ionizing radiation. The project entitled STORE (for Sustaining access to Tissue and data frOm Radiobiological Experiments) was coordinated by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bfs) in Germany and involves a consortium of 8 European partners, including IBBL.
As a partner of this FP7 project, the IBBL Biospecimen Research team has tested and verified all methods proposed by the STORE consortium such as the isolation of DNA from tissue samples and the related quality control assays. All validated methods are now proposed by the store consortium (www.fp7store.eu) as standard operating procedures which can be used by the international biobanking community.
Catherine Larue, PhD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of IBBL comments: “It is fantastic to have been part of a European-wide project and we hope to become a partner in other framework programmes in the future. Our advanced and integrated infrastructure as well as our high quality services and staff make us an ideal biobanking partner for research consortia.”
For more background information on the STORE project and the contribution of the IBBL Biospecimen Research Team, visit our blog: https://www.ibbl.lu/sustaining-access-to-tissues-and-data-from-radiobiological-experiments/