The Janus Serum Bank is a population based biobank reserved for cancer research. The specimens are collected during the period from 1972-2004 and are stored at – 25° Celsius.
The samples originate from 318 628 persons in Norway who have participated in health studies and also from blood donors in and around Oslo.
Today, samples are only collected from earlier donors in the Janus Serum Bank who have developed cancer.
The Bank is internationally unique regarding size and number of cancer cases. Annual linkage to the Cancer Registry shows that 79 142 donors are diagnosed with cancer as of December 31, 2015. The main goals of the biobank are to make the material available to cancer researchers over the whole world and deliver quality assured samples and data.
Researchers will find useful information on these pages.
The article "Cohort Profile: the Janus Serum Bank Cohort in Norway" by Langseth et al. 2016 describes the Janus Cohort, previous research and the application process. Read more here