PLATFORM

Biobank

"The biobank collects, stores and processes human biological samples for research."

DR. Mª ANTONIA FORTUÑO CEBAMANOS
DIRECTOR. BIOBANK PLATFORM

The Biobank of the Universidad de Navarra is a research support unit specialized in the collection, processing and storage of human biological samples and their associated data, in order to make them available to the scientific community.

This platform acts as a link between donors, clinicians and researchers in order to ensure a safe and efficient treatment of biological samples and associated data. Its purpose is to promote and facilitate the use of samples in research projects, guaranteeing the ethical, legal and technical quality of the procedures.

The Biobank is authorized by the Department of Health since 2012, before the RD 1716/2011 came into force, and is registered in the National Register of Biobanks of the Carlos III Institute of Health with the reference B.0000612.

We are part of the support structures of the Navarra Health Research Institute (IdiSNA), and work in close collaboration with the Navarrabiomed Biobank, the parallel structure associated with the Navarra Hospital Complex, with which it shares protocols and sample collections.

The Biobank is integrated in the National Biobank Network, of the Carlos III Institute of Health, since its creation in 2009, both in the Retic stage and since 2014 in the Technological Platforms stage.

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Biobank Platform Services

Collection, storage and transfer of human samples for research purposes, with technical, ethical and legal quality assurance.

Associated data management with guaranteed confidentiality, integrity and restricted availability.

Management of external sample collections under collection law. Supply of individualized materials for project and collection management.

Prospective collection of samples and data for research projects or as part of a clinical trial.

Transfer of samples to national and international research groups for use in scientific projects tested by our Ethics and Scientific Committees.

Advice on issues related to the management and use of human samples for research purposes.

Biobank Collections

  Frozen Paraffin Serum Buffy Coat Plasma Susp. Cel/CMSP
Nasal Polyposis YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 
Urticaria    

YES

     

  Frozen Paraffin Serum Buffy Coat Plasma Susp. Cel/CMSP
Obesity YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 
Esophagitis

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

 

  Frozen Paraffin Serum Buffy Coat Plasma Susp. Cel/CMSP
Cardiovascular Risk     YES

YES

YES

 
Atrial fibrillation    

YES

YES

YES

 

Heart Failure

   

YES

YES

YES

 

 

  Frozen Paraffin Serum Buffy Coat Plasma Susp. Cel/CMSP
Hepatitis y cirrhosis

YES

YES

YES

YES

   
Trasplant recipients

YES

YES

YES

YES

   

Hepatocarcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma

YES

YES

YES

YES

   

Steatosis

YES

YES

YES

YES

   

 

  Frozen Paraffin Serum Buffy Coat Plasma Susp. Cel/CMSP
Headaches    

YES

YES

YES

 
Stroke    

YES

YES

YES

 

Neurodegenerative

   

YES

YES

YES

YES

Sample Finder

The Biobank of the Universidad de Navarra, in order to improve transparency and accessibility for researchers, has developed an electronic catalog that allows consultation of the availability of samples stored for use in research projects.

Meet the research team

BBUN works under a Quality Management System certified according to ISO 9001:2008 since 2016 and by ISO 9001:2015 since 2019.

The procedures are organized according to a process management system and its quality policy aims to ensure maximum user satisfaction and continuous improvement and applies to all processes included in the scope of the quality management system.

BBUN's activity is built on four basic principles:

  • Respect for the rights and dignity of donors.
  • Compliance with international ethical codes and the current legal framework.
  • Quality assurance of samples and associated data.
  • Maximum scientific use of materials.
  • Innovation and development of biomodels.

The BBUN is attached to two external committees that evaluate procedures and sample requests Ethics Committee of the Universidad de Navarra and the Scientific Committee, constituted specifically for the Biobank.

The Spanish legislation of immediate application in the management of human samples and associated data for research purposes is as follows:

  • Regulation (UE) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Organic Law 3/2018, of December 5, on the Protection of Personal Data and guarantee of digital rights.
  • Law 14/2007, of July 3, 2007, on Biomedical Research.
  • Royal Decreee 1716/2011, of November 18, which establishes the basic requirements for the authorization and operation of biobanks for biomedical research purposes and the treatment of biological samples of human origin, and regulates the operation and organization of the National Register of Biobanks for biomedical research.

The Cima Biobank, whose reference hospital is the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, is part of the support structures of the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Navarra (IdiSNA), and works in close collaboration with the Navarrabiomed Biobank, the parallel structure associated with the Navarra Hospital Complex, with which it shares protocols and sample collections.

The Biobank is integrated in the National Biobank Network, of the Carlos III Health Institute, since its creation in 2009, both in the Retic stage and since 2014 in the Technological Platforms stage.