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Biobank of Psychiatry Diseases Mannheim (BioPsy)

A core prerequisite for the research into the biological causes of mental disorders is the availability of appropriate biomaterials. These are collected and stored by the moleculargenetic laboratory in the intern biobank of the laboratory, according to latest methods and standards. The biomaterials are amongst others: blood, DNA, mRNA, miRNA, stool, plasma, serum, urine, hair, and placenta.

blood tubes, photo: ZI © Lennard Stütz

The biomaterials are from patients, relatives, and controls, which are recruited by the department as well as ZI-intern and extern collaboration partners (i.a. BMBF NEURON ERANET, BMBF Research networks on mental diseases, DFG TRR265, ZIPP, PEZ). The samples are barcoded, pseudonymized, and administrated by a Laboratory Information Management System (CentraXX). The biomaterials are processed partly automated with a DNA-workstation (Tecan Freedom Evo Plattform).  The biobank is operated according to the state-of-the-art standards concerning data security, ethic- and quality standards, following closely the guidelines of the OECD, the German biobankknot(GBN), the European organization BBMRI, and the TMC e.V. This includes the automated sample registration and continued control and documentary of storage conditions.

To continuously ensure the high quality of biobanking, our colleagues keep on improving their skills and take an active part in events of the biobanking community. The biobank is part of the biobank initiative NetBi-omics of the research network for mental disorders, which has the goal to establish an association-spanned, modern, and flexible biobanking for genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, and microbiome analyses on mental disorders across the life span.

automated sample handling, photo: ZI © Lennard Stütz

Samples in 2018

samples in 2018

Head of the Biobank / Head of the Laboratory

PD Dr. Stephanie Witt

Staff Molekulargenetic Laboratory and Biobank 

Main Medical Building, Basement, Room 01.147

Phone: +49 621 1703-6085, -6086, -6087, -6088
Fax: +49 621 1703-6055

Christine Hohmeyer,
technical assistant
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Helene Dukal, diploma biologist
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Slavica Radosavljevic-Bjelic,
technical assistant
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Lennard Stütz
technical assistant
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