Nete Munk Nielsen
Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen
Denmark is at the forefront of epidemiological research. This is to a large extent due to the unique Danish registers which provide detailed information about the entire population. With the establishment of a very large national biobank and the possibility of linkage between the biological specimens and the information contained in the Danish registers, health research is given new and unique possibilities.
Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has received a large research grant from The Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation to establish a national biobank. The goal is to strengthen the Danish research infrastructure and thereby the conditions for Danish public health research and international research collaborations. It is the plan to establish what will be one of the world's largest biobanks and internationally an absolutely unique resource to the great benefit of research in the cause, prevention and treatment of diseases.