BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) was one of the first European Research Infrastructure projects funded by the European Commission (EC). The LifeLines cohort Study and Biobank was one of the core partners right from the start. The EC-funded preparatory phase of BBMRI came to its end in January 2011. Currently a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, BBMRI-ERIC, is being established, as a follow-up.
The members of BBMRI have started preparing an inventory of European resources. More than 300 biobanks have been identified and recruited to join BBMRI. One of the biggest challenges in BBMRI, Harmonisation and Standardisation to pool biobank data in valid and effective ways will be adressed in the current project BioSHaRE-EU, coordinated by LifeLines - the UMCG.
LifeLines, Groningen, forms together with ERGO, Rotterdam, the Dutch part of the largescale FP7 Research Infrastucture project Large Prospective Cohorts (BBMRI-LPC). This collaboration aims to improve access and standardize procedures, smoothening access to samples and/or data and allowing integrated research across different cohorts by independent investigators, in the framework of European Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI). Proposers: Prof Gert-Jan van Ommen (Leiden) en Prof. Markus Perola (Helsinki); Dutch coördinator: Ronald Stolk (Groningen).
The Dutch Hub inside the European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure project is BBMRI-NL, which is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).