The Republic of Slovenia has been officially confirmed as a Member of the Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC). Slovenia was approved as a new member by the BBMRI-ERIC Assembly of Members on 19 November 2021.
Slovenia will be represented in the Assembly of Members by its Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; Prof. Urban Bren, Vice Rector of the University of Maribor for Knowledge Transfer, has been designated as the National Node Coordinator.
The Republic of Slovenia becomes the 24th Member of BBMRI-ERIC. The Slovenian national biobanking node BBMRI.SI was successfully established in 2020 as a consortium of all three Slovenian public universities – University of Maribor, University of Ljubljana, University of Primorska – and the University Medical Centre Maribor. It is multidisciplinary in its nature, bringing together knowledge on medicine and health sciences, on chemistry and engineering as well as on information technologies and law. Slovenian biobanks collect all types of human samples ranging from liquid and solid tissues to fresh-frozen and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples to isolated cells and different extracts of biomolecules. Some of the better-known Slovenian biobanks include the Biobank of skeletal muscle biopsies of the Medical Faculty University of Ljubljana, the Viral biobank of the Medical Faculty University of Ljubljana, the Biobank of kidney tissues of the University Medical Centre Maribor and the Biobank of autoimmune diseases of the Medical Faculty University of Maribor.
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