Cohort and Biobank Coordination Hub
Cohort and Biobank Coordination Hub We drive biomedical innovation and patient impact by facilitating UMCG cohorts and biobanks and building new collaborations. Facility
We drive biomedical innovation and patient impact by facilitating UMCG cohorts and biobanks and building new collaborations.
The UMCG has a long tradition in cohort and biobank research committed to patient impact. The Cohort and Biobank Coordination Hub serves as a central facilitator and information node for all activities concerning UMCG cohorts and biobanks.

We bring together a community of researchers, clinicians and excellent infrastructure to drive new discoveries. Through our network we are able to connect you to the right samples, data, people and knowledge; facilitating new collaborations. 

What we can offer you

  • We facilitate new collaborations and partnerships involving UMCG cohorts and biobanks, together with the Center for Development and Innovation (CDI) and BiomarkerBay.

    Access to cohorts and biobanks

    We connect you to the right samples and data and the responsible principal investigator. Sample and data access will depend on the rules, policies and informed consent of the individual UMCG cohort and biobank. Contact us to find your match. 


    To facilitate collaborations, we can assist on topics such as rules & regulations, legislation, documentation, data access and sample sharing.  

  • The UMCG has a high quality infrastructure for establishing and using cohort and biobank collections. Through standard processes and workflows, harmonised policies and the right hardware and expertise we provide samples and data for excellent research. 

    Central Freezer Storage Facility

    The Central Freezer Storage Facility gives advice, stores, and manages biological samples for UMCG researchers and for external institutes and companies. The ISO-9001 certified facility meets high standards for quality assurance and efficient process flows for the storage and the distribution of biological samples. Find out more: Central Freezer Storage Facility

    Project Laboratory

    The Project Laboratory (‘projectenlab’) of the department of Laboratory Medicine is an ISO-9001 and ISO-15189 certified laboratory that facilitates specimen collection, processing and shipment for both clinical studies and biobank collections.

    Research Genome Center

    The Research Genome Center supports researchers with their next generation sequencing and genotyping projects. They offer, implement and develop state-of-the-art genomics techniques and tools used in medicine and life sciences research. Find our more: Research Genome Center 

    Genomics Coordination Center

    The Genomics Coordination Center is the expertise hub for ‘omics’ data analysis and integrative bioinformatics. They provide tools, services, and courses for researchers and bioinformaticians to accelerate scientific research and collaborations. Find out more: Genomics Coordination Center

    Information Management Research

    IM-Research manages and develops the central UMCG IT infrastructure, tools and services for research. IM-Research protects the scientific integrity of research studies and data involving human related subjects. The tools that they offer and support are certified (e.g. ISO27001) and compliant with applicable rules and regulations. 

    Digital Competence Center

    The Digital Competence Center supports researchers in FAIR data, compliant with all the applicable laws and regulations and funding organisations’ requirements. They advise researchers about best practices in research, and tools and services available to optimize the management of your research data. 

  • We support UMCG researchers active in the field of cohort and biobank research. If you are an UMCG researcher, please visit our internal Research Support Sharepoint for news, events and up-to-date information on our services.

    Contact our Servicedesk if you have questions or need help. 

  • Are you a patient and are you looking for more information on studies and cohorts at the UMCG? Please visit our page on participating in scientific research (in Dutch). 

    See also: Biobanken - Biomedisch onderzoek in Nederland (in Dutch)