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Biobank of Psychiatry Diseases Mannheim (BioPsy)

Biobank of Psychiatric 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. 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 (http://www.klinikum.uni-muenchen.de/Institut-fuer-psychiatrische-Phaenomik-und-Genomik/en/Research/index.html ) 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 handlingAutomated sample handling

Head of the Biobank / Head of the Laboratory

Dr. Stephanie Witt


Molekulargenetic Laboratory

Laboratory Building, 2nd Floor, Room 212

Phone: +49 621 1703-6092
Fax: +49 621 1703-6055

Christine Hohmeyer,
Techn. Assistent

Helene Dukal, Dipl.-Biologin

Slavica Radosavljevic-Bjelic,
Techn. Assistent

Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit (ZI) - https://www.zi-mannheim.de