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Institute of Rheumatology

Biobank of Biological Material

The Institute of Rheumatology is located in a catholic monastery founded in the 14th century, and this place has a very rich history. The one associated with the treatment of rheumatic diseases began in 1952, when the Research Institute of Rheumatic Diseases was established here, renamed the Institute of Rheumatology in 1992. It is an organization directly managed by the Ministry of Health. Since 2000, the Institute has started the gradual archiving of patients' biological material for possible future use of these samples in the institute's research projects. In 2007, the Bank of Biological Material (BBM RU) was established as part of the Department of Molecular Biology and Immunogenetics. Since 2019, BBM RU has been a member of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium for BBMRI-ERIC Biobank and Biomolecular Resources Infrastructure.

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Biobank Coordinator

Blanka Stibůrková

+420 234 075 319


The Institute of Rheumatology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and research of rheumatic diseases, and the samples at BBM RU correspond to this. It is mainly material obtained from patients with diagnoses such as ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthralgia, gout, hyperuricemia, myositis, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and others inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Alongside there is also a link between BBM RU and the ATTRA register thanks to the long-term, repeated collecting and storage of samples from patients treated by biological treatment. The vast majority of BBM RU collections have a longitudinal character. The bank also contains control material obtained from donors from the general population.

In our collections are available samples of these material types: plasma, serum, urine, whole blood for future gDNA isolation, peripheral mononuclear cells blood (PBMC), treated whole blood for future RNA isolation (RiboEx) and blood in the PAX collection system.

Details about provided samples and materials are listed in the worlwide biggest catalogue, BBMRI-ERIC Directory.

Sample Collections

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