Biobanking for ‘Omics’ in Psychiatry: Logistical and Ethical Aspects

  • Fanny Aldinger
  • Laura Flatau
  • Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
  • James B. Potash
  • Jana Strohmaier
  • Stephanie H. Witt
  • Marcella Rietschel
  • Thomas G. SchulzeEmail author


Biobanks are highly specialized repositories for both biospecimens and associated demographic or clinical data. They have become a crucial component of big data research in all fields of medicine, in particular as regards genomic approaches. However, biobanking faces several non-trivial logistical and ethical questions, with the majority of logistical and conceptual issues arising from the ethical challenges.


Genetics Informed consent Broad consent Data protection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fanny Aldinger
    • 1
  • Laura Flatau
    • 1
  • Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
    • 2
  • James B. Potash
    • 3
  • Jana Strohmaier
    • 4
  • Stephanie H. Witt
    • 4
  • Marcella Rietschel
    • 4
    • 5
  • Thomas G. Schulze
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatric Phenomics and Genomics (IPPG)Medical Center of the University of MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Genetic Epidemiology in PsychiatryCentral Institute of Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine Mannheim/University of HeidelbergMannheimGermany
  5. 5.Section on Genetics in PsychiatryWorld Psychiatric Association (WPA)GenevaSwitzerland

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