BBMRI-LPC (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – Large Prospective Cohorts) is one of the largestbiobanking networks in Europe aiming to facilitate scientists’ access to large prospective study sets on human health and disease. As multinational research projects are often complicated by sample and data sharing difficulties due to limited resources, as well as by country specific legal and ethical procedures, BBMRI-LPC is set to help. By improving harmonization, providing solutions for transnational access and networking, BBMRI-LPC will increase the utilization of large sample collections in research on human health.
In practice, BBMRI-LPC project aims to:
- unite the large prospective study sets in Europe, and tune them up for groundbreaking science by improving the harmonization of collected samples and data
- facilitate collaborative transnational research by providing access to biobanked samples and data for researchers working in academia and industry
- provide a networking platform that connects the already established and new emerging biobanks
Ultimately, BBMRI-LPC helps the research community to improve the understanding of human biology, and assists the European health industry in mission to find better and novel treatments and medicines for common and rare diseases.
The BBMRI-LPC catalogue uses Mica, a software application developed by Maelstrom Research
Mica is a powerful software application used to create web portals for epidemiological study consortia. Using Mica, consortia can build personalized web sites for publishing their research activities and their membership. Mica includes many domain-specific features such as study catalogues, data dictionary browsers, on-line data access request forms, community tools (forums, events, news) and others. Moreover, Mica includes a powerful data search engine that allows authenticated researchers to perform distributed queries on the content of each individual study data collection hosted by the OBiBa Opal database software (www.obiba.org). Mica is based on the content management software Drupal (www.drupal.org) used by millions of websites worldwide. As such, a webmaster benefits from all the power and flexibility of Drupal, as well as the support of an extended developer community.