The Biobank has the following available to the scientific community:


  • Neoplasms
  • Neurological and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Respiratory disease (asthma, Sleep apnea, COPD, Avian Flu)
  • Cardiovascular (peripheral arteriopathy, cardiac insufficiency)
  • Rare or infrequent diseases
  • Dermatological disease (psoriasis)
  • Digestive diseases (Crohn's disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Alterations in mineral transport in kidney transplant patients from Catalonia)
  • Kidney transplant
  • HIV infection
  • Paediatric (autism spectrum, diabetes)
  • Obesity
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Control population (healthy)

We collaborate in the recruitment and processing of samples in other centres or biobanks:

CIBERES Lung Biobank (Majorca)
HUJ23 Adipose Tissue Biobank (Tarragona)
Addictive Disorders Network (Alicante)
IDIBELL Biobank, Barcelona
European Nephrectomy Biobank (ENBIBA)
Primary Health Care Centres (Metropolitan North and Maresme Area)
Sexual Health Centres (Badalona)

Technical 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:
    • Nucleic acid extraction (DNA and RNA) from various types of samples:
      • Whole blood
      • Saliva
      • Tissues (frozen or paraffin)
      • 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 tissue matrices (TMAs)
      • 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