Biobank Services

Apart from offering sample for biomedical research, the Biobank is a technical scientific facility providing services relating to the collection, manipulation, processing and storage of biological samples and others relating to consultation, management and methodology for samples including legal matters.

  • Organization of currently existing collections of samples
  • Requests for samples
  • Management of requests for sample deposits
  • Coordination between different institutions and national and international biobanks to harmonize procedures and recruitment of samples
  • Storage of samples under different conditions and in different conseration formats: Room temperature, +4ºC, -20ºC, -80ºC and -196ºC
  • Processing samples

Processing samples:

Nucleic acid extraction (DNA and RNA) from various types of samples:

  • Whole blood
  • Saliva
  • Tissues
  • Cell cultureso
  • Other biological fluids (eg. Amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, urine etc.)

Quality analysis (RNA and DNA)

Collection and obtention of serum, plasma or cells from whole blood

Collection and obtention of urine, stool, breast milk and cord blood

Separation and conservation of mononuclear cells from whole blood

Processing of solid samples:

  • Direct freezing of tissue
  • Freezing at Optimal Cutting Temperature (OCT)
  • Fixing in paraffin
  • Cryopreservation of tissue
  • Production of cell matrices
  • Section cutting with cryostat, paraffin sections and preparation of slides for posterior staining

Analysis of  traceability using short tandem repeats (STRs) for blood, DNA, cell lines and saliva samples