Biobank Cohort Forum

Webinar series organised by Biobank Sweden and

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The new Swedish draft legislation regarding certain research databases – background and reflections

Patrik Magnusson, Director of the Swedish Twin Registry, Karolinska Institutet Ingvar Bergdahl, Director of the Biobank Research Unit, Umeå University

The legal basis for building and upholding research databases in Sweden, for example cohorts with sample collections, has been discussed for years. However, just before Christmas, a suggestion came out for a new law: Lag om vissa forskningsdatabaser (in English: Legislation regarding certain research databases). The suggestion has been circulated for comment, and Biobank Sweden is one of the instances that will respond. 

For this webinar, our speakers will present the background to the suggested law, some key aspects and implications, as well as what comments Biobank Sweden plan to submit.

Date: March 15, 2023

Time: 12:00-13:00 (Central European Time)

About: The webinar is free of charge and will be live-streamed.

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Biobank Sweden

Biobank Sweden is a national infrastructure for biobanking where healthcare, academia, industry and patient organisations collaborate to attain good healthcare and research. logo – The Swedish Cohort Consortium – is a national technical and collaborative infrastructure, enabling greater use of Swedish cohorts for world-leading research. is promoting cooperation between cohorts and making cohort data more discoverable and accessible.

Previous webinars

Proteomics at Population Scale: Early findings from the UK Biobank Pharma Proteomics Project

In our fourth episode, we focus on early findings from the UK Biobank Pharma Proteomics Project and the possibilities for proteomics research using large population cohorts.


Cynthia Lawley, Director of Population Health at Olink

Dr. Chris D. Whelan, Director, Data Science, Neuropsychiatry at Johnson & Johnson

Harmonizing research data: what should we keep in mind?

In this episode of the Biobank Cohort Forum, Dr. Isabel Fortier who is leading the Maelstrom Research Platform shares some of her knowledge regarding harmonization of research data.


Dr. Isabel Fortier, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

The new Swedish National Biobank Registry:
What’s there? Can any human study now be turned into a biobank study?

In this episode of the Biobank Cohort Forum, Hanna Fransson presents the Swedish National Biobank Registry (SBR) and Dr. Andrea Ganna shares some of his experiences of biobank research in Finland.


Hanna Fransson, Regional Biobank Centre (RBC) Mellansverige
Dr. Andrea Ganna, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki

Biobank Sweden