Modern genetic epidemiology experiments can require large numbers of samples.  Often the research is consortium driven and the samples spread across a number of internationally collaborating groups.  In order to organise such a sample collection and make it ready for genotyping the following activities must be undertaken:

  1. Organisation of shipping of samples and verification of number of samples
  2. Assignment and validation of an identification number which is unique within the international consortium study
  3. Assessment of the amount and quality of DNA
  4. Disqualification of samples with low yield or low quality
  5. Normalisation of the DNA to genotypers requested concentration
  6. Aliquoting of DNA into standard labware
  7. Shipping to genotyper

CIGMR Biobank has a proven track record of working as an international co-ordinating centre for such biobanking activities.