Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (diabetes)
What is the role of biobanks?
Biobanks (also known as biological resource centers) are entities responsible for the management of human biological samples specimen and their associated data. These structures can collect and preserve biological samples from patients with endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases in the form of samples inventory.
Endocrine diseases are due to a dysfunction in hormone secretion from endocrine glands (thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, adrenal glands etc.). Nutritional diseases result from an exceeded or underrun dietary imbalance. Finally, metabolic diseases affect the metabolism of certain elements in humans such as carbohydrates, lipids, iron, calcium etc.
These imbalances and dysfunctions are at the origin of many pathologies such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
Samples from patients suffering from endocrine, metabolic or nutritional diseases come in a variety of forms: biological fluids (serum, plasma, urine, etc.), nucleic acid extractions (DNA and RNA) or cell cultures from sick patients.
What are the advantages of using a biobank for endocrinal sample needs?
Setting up a biological collection and preparing samples for a clinical project
Save time in the experimentation phase
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Setting up a collection of biological samples
After a biopsy, or other procedure to retrieve a human sample, a sample may be retained, with the patient's consent, for research purposes.
Storage of clinical samples
The samples, after collection, must be stored under certain conditions, depending on their type and shelf life, to allow for their viability.