Biobanking for Neurodegenerative Diseases: Challenge for Translational Research and Data Privacy

Emilia Giannella, Valentino Notarangelo, Caterina Motta, Giulia Sancesario

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Biobanking has emerged as a strategic challenge to promote knowledge on neurological diseases, by the application of translational research. Due to the inaccessibility of the central nervous system, the advent of biobanks, as structure collecting biospecimens and associated data, are essential to turn experimental results into clinical practice. Findings from basic research, omics sciences, and in silico studies, definitely require validation in clinically well-defined cohorts of patients, even more valuable when longitudinal, or including preclinical and asymptomatic individuals. Finally, collecting biological samples requires a great effort to guarantee respect for transparency and protection of sensitive data of patients and donors. Since the European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 has been approved, concerns about the use of data in biomedical research have emerged. In this narrative review, we focus on the essential role of biobanking for translational research on neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, we address considerations for biological samples and data collection, the importance of standardization in the preanalytical phase, data protection (ethical and legal) and the role of donors in improving research in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • biobank
  • biological material
  • biomarkers
  • cerebrospinal fluid
  • data protection
  • diagnosis
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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