IBBL (Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg) cooperates with and supports all major national research and healthcare actors to advance biomedical research and personalised medicine in Luxembourg. The main collaborative research projects in which IBBL is involved can now be consulted on the IBBL public website.
IBBL participates in a variety of national research projects in areas such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, population studies and the microbiome, in addition to carrying out biospecimen research. Such studies typically involve all major Luxembourg research and clinical institutions, such as the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, the Life Sciences Research Unit of the University of Luxembourg, the Laboratoire National de Santé (LNS), as well as local hospitals (Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, Hôpitaux Robert Schuman, Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch), laboratories (Ketterthill) and foundations (Fondation Cancer, Fondation Kriibskrank Kanner). These are collectively referred to as ‘Team Luxembourg’.
The success of such projects is heavily reliant on the active involvement of volunteer donors, including both patients and healthy individuals, whose samples are collected and stored at IBBL for further research. It is therefore crucial to raise awareness among the general public of the use that their samples will find and of the importance of their participation in the studies.
In order to improve the understanding of IBBL’s activities, increase the visibility of the projects among the general public and illustrate the practical usage of biological samples in research, the major ongoing national projects and their descriptions have been added to IBBL’s public website, where they can be easily accessed and consulted. The projects are categorised by their main disease focus, i.e. cancer, Parkinson’s disease/neurodegeneration, diabetes, general population studies and the microbiome, and have been included in the webpage dedicated to the corresponding disease.
The IBBL general public website can be accessed here.