Janus Serum Bank

The Janus Serum Bank has blood samples from 318 628 Norwegians. The biobank is reserved for cancer research, and is internationally unique regarding size and number of cancer cases.

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.
The collection of samples has now ended. 

The Bank is internationally unique regarding size and number of cancer cases. 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. The annual linkage to the Cancer Registry show that there are registered 84 043 cancer cases among the donors as of December 31, 2016. 


Researchers will find useful information on these pages. 

For researchers 

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

Cancer in Norway 2008 Special Issue: Janus Serumbank - from sample collection to cancer research 
(38 pages)

The next deadline for applications is 01.05.2018 

How to apply for serum samples

Application form


Last updatet  February 22nd 2018