The BBMRI-NL biobank catalogue is a searchable database, containing information on several Dutch biobanks. To date, there are over 200 biobank collections listed. Researchers can use the catalogue to search collections on specific disease types, GWAS data, types of biomaterials, and many other variables.

Furthermore, the contact details for each biobank coordinator are available so that researchers can request data and/or materials directly from them.

What is the catalogue?

The BBMRI-NL catalogue will give researchers an overview of a large set of sample collections, studies and biobanks that include biological samples that are being preserved in the Netherlands. All samples should in principle be available to order for further analysis.
The BBMRI-NL catalog can help researchers in the identification of possible samples that could be included in their research, depending on basic characteristics such as sex, age and type of disease.

The catalogue displays basic information about the sample collections with the objective of helping researchers to quickly identify samples that are potentially useful.

The catalogue is also the source for the Dutch biobank collections in the BBMRI-ERIC biobank Directory.

Why should you use the catalogue?

The catalogue is a tool that will help you:

  • Get an overview of most Dutch biobanks
  • Find collections that share certain characteristics, like the presence of certain biomaterials, the involvement of one or more institutes / researchers, the focus on a specific (type of) disorder, etc.
  • Assess the data in an aggregated form to get an overview of how many sample collections share the same characteristics.

Who should use the catalogue?

The BBMRI-NL catalogue can be useful for researchers willing to reuse data or samples already collected by others with specific characteristics. Moreover, it also gives the opportunity for gathering large datasets and conducting individual-participant data meta-analyses.

How to start using the catalogue?

The search in BBMRI-NL can be performed in two forms:

  1. By simply typing a keyword at the search field (e.g. DNA or Longitudinal)
  2. Through the wizard you can search on all the fields used to describe sample collections. The wizard allows to build complex searches with multiple search conditions.

We are working on the integration of a generic request workflow for access to samples and related data. In the meanwhile access must be asked directly through the contact person assigned to the specific sample collection. The e-mail address of the contact person can be found on the detail page of the collection, by clicking on the magnifying glass.

If you are a biobank coordinator, and would like to add your biobank / cohort to the BBMRI-NL Catalogue, please contact the Service Desk