Biobanking and Data Management
Recent advances in the development of host and pathogen profiling techniques (e.g. next-generation sequencing) have enabled the capture of unprecedented detail to understand immunity, inflammation and infection. The outlook is indeed exciting, with the further development of these technologies potentially leading to substantial improvements to the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and autoimmune disorders. However, a current major challenge is the lack of reliable systems that allow researchers to integrate these emerging technologies with existing clinical cohorts, established biobanks and accurate epidemiological/clinical meta-datasets. Such integration is critical for the translation of this combined knowledge into a holistic view of immunity, inflammation and infection.
The primary goal of the BDHP Immunity, Inflammation and Infection – Biobanking and Data Management Stream is to bridge this divide by developing a reliable platform which assists BDHP members in readily identifying and accessing relevant patient cohorts, biobanks and curated datasets present within BDHP. In addition, we aim to assist the BDHP partnering organisations with streamlining the various ethical, governance and regulatory research processes. Ultimately, we envisage that such endeavours will foster collaborative research among BDHP members, as well as maximise opportunities for translational research and training at the interface between basic and clinical science.
Dr Patrick N. A. Harris
Associate Professor Peter Kruger
Dr Timothy J. Kidd
Early Career Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland
Affiliate Scientist, Lung Bacteria Group, QIMR Berghofer
Affiliate Research Fellow, Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland