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Hungarian Neurological-Psychiatric Biobank (RRID:SCR_003715)

The Hungarian Society of Clinical Neurgenetics established a nationwide collaboration for prospective collection of human biological materials and databases from patient with neurological and psychiatric diseases. The basic triangle of the NEPSYBANK is the sample, the information and the study management. The present participants of the NEPSYBANK are the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of the four Medical Universities (in Budapest, Debrecen, Pecs, Szeged) and the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest. The NEPSYBANK is a disease based biobank collecting both phenotypical and environmental data and biological materials such as DNA/RNA, whole blood, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, muscle / nerve / skin biopsy, brain, and fibroblast. The target of the diseases is presently (Phase I): stroke syndromes, dementias, movement disorders, motoneuron diseases, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, alcohol addiction. In the near future (Phase II.) it is planned to enlarge the scale with headaches, disorders of the peripheral nerves, disorders of neuromuscular transmission, disorders of skeletal muscle, depression, anxiety. DNA/RNA is usually extracted from whole blood, but occasionally different tissues such as muscle, brain etc. can be used as well. The extracting procedures differ among the institutes, but in all cases the concentration and the quality of the DNA/RNA must be registered in the database. Participating institutional biobanks have committed themselves to follow common quality standards, which provide access to samples after prioritization on scientific grounds only. In every case the following data are registered. 1. General data: main bank categories, age, sex, ethnicity, body height, body weight, economic stats, education, type of place of living, marital status, birth complications, alcohol, drugs, smoking. 2. Sample properties (sample ID, type of sample, date of extraction, concentration, and level of purity). General patient data as blood pressure, heart rate, internal medical status, ECG, additional diseases. Disease specific question e.g. in schizophrenia the diagnosis after DSMIV and ICD 10, detailed diagnostic questions after both classification, detailed psychiatric and neurological status, laboratory findings, rating scales, data of neuroimaging, genetic tests, applied medication (with generic name, dose, duration), adverse drug effects and other treatments. The Biobank Information Management System (BIMS) is responsible for linkage of databases containing information on the individual sample donors. If you want to have samples from the NEPSYBANK an application must be submitted containing the following information: short research plan including aims and study design, ethic application with a positive decision, specific demands regarding the right of disposition, agreements with grant organizations which regulate immaterial property, information about financing (academic grants, support from industry). All participants have the right to withdraw their samples through a simple order.


neurology, psychiatry, genomic, gene, genetic, disease, phenotype, clinical data, environment, dna, rna, whole blood, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, muscle, biopsy, nerve, skin, brain, fibroblast, tissue, blood, frozen, liquid nitrogen, neurological disease, psychiatric disease, stroke, dementia, movement disorder, motor neuron disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, alcohol, addiction, alcohol addiction, headache, peripheral nerve disorder, neuromuscular transmission disorder, skeletal muscle disorder, depressive disorder, anxiety

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Neurological disease, Psychiatric disease, Stroke, Dementia, Movement disorder, Motor Neuron Disease, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, Alcohol addiction, Headache, Peripheral nerve disorder, Neuromuscular transmission disorder, Skeletal muscle disorder, Depressive Disorder, Anxiety

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Public: if you want to have samples from the NEPSYBANK an application must be submitted.


Hungarian Neurological - Psychiatric Biobank - NEPSYBANK, Hungarian Neurological - Psychiatric Biobank

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Establishing a neurological-psychiatric biobank: banking, informatics, ethics.

  • Molnar MJ
  • Cell. Immunol.
  • 2006 Dec 21

The recent development of genetic databases and biobanks in a number of countries reflects scientist's beliefs in the future health benefits to be derived from genetic research. The NEPSYBANK is a national program of the Hungarian Clinical Neurogenetic Society with comprehensive participation of the Neurology and Psychiatry Departments of Medical Universities and the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology. The NEPSYBANK forms a part of the national biobank project ( The goal is to establish nationwide collaboration and common biobanking standards on quality, access, and protection of integrity in the field of neurology and psychiatry. Biological materials and databases are already collected in stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, motoneuron diseases, dementia, movement disorders, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction. In peripheral neuropathies, neuropathic pain syndromes, muscle diseases, migraine, myasthenia gravis, depression, panic disease, anxiety, autism, and software development is in progress. The resources have been expanded by continued prospective collection of samples and data and important bottlenecks in sample purification, sample retrieval, in protection of the integrity of the research participants, as well as in guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of the participant's information have been harmonized. The development of uniform consent management, comprehensive sample overview and quality standards for health care-related biobanking may provide a unique opportunity for Hungary in molecular clinically oriented research. The program is a diseased-based research biobank with comprehensive collection of phenotypic and environmental information as well as biobanking of DNA, RNA or buffy coat, plasma, and erythrocytes stored at -80 degrees C. The biobank has a neuropathological part as well: storing conventional pathology and biopsy specimens. The analytical and informational demands being created by biobanking requires a "connectivity of community" that has not traditionally been present in the life sciences. As you put more resources into something, your silos tend to become taller, and we need to avoid this. The life science and healthcare community should be ignored working in individual "silos."

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