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Collecting and using biobank samples in research

Course leader
Daniel Agardh 
Alexander Lind 
Åke Lernmark 

Daniel Agardh

Target group
People active in research using or intending to use biobank samples in their work. The course is primarily intended for doctoral students, but postdoctoral and other researchers may also be admitted if there are available slots.

3 hp

Number of participants

Time and location

Please Note: Depending on the development of the Covid-19 situation the course can be changed to digital teaching.
The course will take place as full-time classroom teaching 15-19 November. 15-16 November in Lund/Malmö and 17-19 November in Copenhagen. In addition the course includes three days for reading and assimilation, and two days for individual assessed assignments.


The course will provide a Nordic aspect on biobank issues in all areas.

• Review of biobank registers in the Nordic countries

• Review of GDPR in relation to biobanks

• Examples of how biobank samples can be used in healthcare and research

• How biobanks and public registers can be combined

• A visit to Denmark’s National Biobank in Copenhagen

The objective of this course is to give insights and later deepen the student’s understanding in the multidisciplinary world of biobanking. Offered as a collaboration between Copenhagen and Lund Universities and with the collaboration of Danish National Biobank, University of Helsinki and The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, the course aims to provide the students with a core set of tools to gain better understanding of the key role of biobanking in translational medicine.

Course structure and examination
The course includes lectures/seminars, a symposium, study visits, reading assignments, oral and written assignments, as well as a project carried out in groups of two to four participants. The project is accounted for in writing and orally. Scheduled activities will take place in both Lund and Copenhagen. All scheduled activities are compulsory.

Course literature
Approximately ten research articles, which will be distributed before the start of the course.

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Denna kurs hösten 2021 är inställd p.g.a. för få sökande.

This course is cancelled autumn 2021, due to too few applicants.