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New project to improve efficiency of healthcare integrated biobanking and strengthen Swedish research

Biobank Sweden has secured project funding through Swelife to ensure a continued development of the successful model ‘healthcare integrated biobanking’. The project which will go on until 2026, aims to increase the efficiency of the national model and thereby strengthening medical research while also contributing to equal care and health benefits in Sweden. Healthcare integrated […]

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The Swedish multicentre principle comes to an end

The Swedish principle for multicentre studies involving biobank samples, came to an end in July due to the new Swedish Biobank Act. The multicentre principle was originally developed by Biobank Sweden to match the requirements in the former Swedish Biobank Act (2002:297). In 2003, when the first Swedish Biobank Act came into force, the national […]

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New routine enables access to 1.5 million Swedish COVID-19 samples for research

Thanks to a unique collaboration with the Swedish regions and the National Pandemic Center (NPC) at Karolinska Institutet, Biobank Sweden is launching a national COVID-19 sample collection for research. With a new national application process, the purpose is to foster research related to COVID-19 through easier access to samples stored at the NPC. Many samples […]

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Biobank Sweden completes English translation of the new Swedish Biobank Act

The national infrastructure Biobank Sweden is currently working on a nation-wide implementation of the new Swedish Biobank Act which comes into force on July 1, 2023. As a way of increasing the understanding of the new regulation, Biobank Sweden has produced an unofficial English translation of the new Biobank Act available for download. Sweden will […]

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Nordic Biobank Conference – an important step towards increased collaboration

The first Nordic Biobank Conference was organized in Gothenburg and can in hindsight be seen as an important first step on the way towards a joint future for Nordic biobanks. Focusing on current trends and challenges, the main take-away from the conference was the importance of continued collaboration among the Nordic countries. Five hundred stakeholders from […]

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New personalized treatment for IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease, IBD, is a serious illness that affects thousands of people in Sweden. Jonas Halfvarsson leads a research project that will develop more personalized treatments for IBD. The research is conducted in close collaboration with healthcare, and has already resulted in new treatments. In Sweden, about 3,000 individuals are diagnosed with IBD every […]

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Involving patients more leads to better care

Medical research is a cornerstone in enabling healthcare to offer better treatments. Everything from flu to cancer. But there is another group playing an important role in the process of developing new drugs or treatments: the patients. Eskil Degsell is a patient relative representative at Karolinska University Hospital and on the patient side in numerous […]

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Improved preventive treatment for stomach cancer

Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers and the third most common cause of cancer deaths. Every year, around 1,000 new cases are discovered in Sweden. In more than half of the cases, an infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is behind the disease. By following people who get stomach cancer, researchers are […]

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Living conditions and psychosocial factors affect the risk of heart attack

People’s living conditions and psychosocial situation affect the risk of having a heart attack. Differences in income have particularly large effects in today’s Sweden. Margareta Kristensson has demonstrated this through her research and hopes this knowledge will have an increasing impact on both politics and healthcare. In 1992, more and more people were wondering about […]

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Faster and more individualized cancer treatment

Anders Ståhlberg works on developing new ways to detect cancer with the help of blood and urine samples. The samples are easy to take and can be collected by a nurse, rather than the patient having to go through expensive MRI or X-ray examinations. He conducts his research in close collaboration with healthcare to help […]

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Anders Ståhlberg

He wants to solve the mystery of narcolepsy

Autoimmune diseases are a major issue. They affect many in the form of, for instance, type 1 diabetes, gluten intolerance (celiac disease), rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS). It is possible that narcolepsy is also that type of disease. There are big gaps in the knowledge about autoimmunity, both about which diseases are autoimmune and […]

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Västerbotten is a unique resource for public health research

In Sweden, there are several large population-based sample collections – cohorts – that have been collected in whole or in part by specific researchers or research groups. In a cohort, people can be followed over time. This is of great value and enables researchers to study various health effects and risk factors in humans. In […]

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Ingvar Bergdahl

Biobanks are a prerequisite for biological research

It is thanks to samples from biobanks that Tove Fall can investigate what changes when a person goes from being healthy to getting diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Biobanks provide researchers with new tools for obtaining information on how diseases can be prevented and treated.  – When we collect a sample from a sick person, it’s […]

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Faster treatment for rheumatoid arthritis

The aim of Solbritt Rantapää Dahlqvist’s research is to find out why people get rheumatoid arthritis. Thanks to Biobanken norr, she has made several important discoveries that help doctors diagnose the disease before it breaks out. –It is the best biobank in the world, she says and laughs. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that affects […]

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