Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico is strengthening the research infrastructure through the creation of a BioBank.
The Ethical Committee during the meeting of July 14 2015 has approved the Protocol for the BioBank, which provides the acquisition of biomolecular and genetic information in subsets of patients.
A research BioBank is a non-profit service unit aimed at collecting, processing, storing and distributing biological samples for scientific research purposes. It is a resource characterized by peculiar solidarity finalization, which makes immediately available a number of biological samples and data unimaginable until a few years ago.
In order to understand the importance and the potentiality of this remarkable resource, for the present and the future, our BioBank contains samples and relative data from subjects with different diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases, for example Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases such as Cerebral Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathies.
Moreover, our particular interest is the collection of biological samples from subjects affect by rare diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) and Chronic Inflammatory Demielinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP).
BioBank is located on the 4th floor of Casa Di Cura Privata del Policlinico, in the research wing, and it consists of cryogenic room and the laboratory.
The biological samples such as plasma, serum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), DNA, whole blood and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), are recorded and anonymized through a dedicated software and stored inside specific freezers at very low temperatures, into cryogenic room, in order to preserve the quality of the samples for a long time.
The subjects who express their consent to donate their biological samples to our Biobank, both those with pathology and healthy ones, are carefully analyzed from a clinical and cognitive point of view, thanks to a careful and precise evaluation by our multidisciplinary team of Neurologists, Physicians, Pneumologists, Geriatricians, Neuropsychologists, Physiotherapists, Logopedists and Occupational Therapists.
The processing of such data is carried out in compliance with the requirements of Annex B of Legislative Decree 196/2003, and protected by safeguarded cryptosystems and passwords to prevent disclosure to anyone who has not been formally authorized by the Head of Data Processing.
At any moment the subject can access the information of the research project in which he was involved, and/or require the destruction of the biological sample.