The Janus Serum Bank secretariat assists in scientific issues and study design.
The secretariat, consisting of both technicians and researchers, has considerable experience in biobanking and has also an important role in the daily administration of the biobank. Our ambition is to be a reliable consultative body for researchers regarding scientific issues, study design, laboratory analyses and help to improve applications, when necessary.
The Janus Bank has a multidisciplinary steering committee including 5 members with qualifications on epidemiology, molecular biology, virology, biochemistry and statistics. The steering committee is responsible for the scientific evaluation of the project applications, in order to secure the best use of the material in the Bank.
All samples within a research study are given different codes, enabling blinded analyses. This coding system has been routine for several decades in the Janus Serum Bank. The case control status and other information on the cancer diagnosis will first be issued when the laboratory analyses are completed and the results returned to the secretariat.
The Cancer Registry’s Data Delivery Unit links the cancer information and ensures that all necessary documents are available before the de-identified data file is delivered to the researcher. The coding system assures the privacy of the donors and prevents research misconduct.