The Hilda Biobank at the Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin (Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) was established to improve research into health and disease in children and adolescents.The biobank processes and stores biomaterials such as skin, muscle, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, bone marrow or other tissues (such as oral mucosa or hair roots) from children and adolescents, as well as collecting associated clinical data. A large proportion of the biomaterial and clinical data is donated by patients at the Freiburg Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In addition, biomaterials from national and international patient study groups and professional societies are held in trust in the Hilda Biobank Freiburg.
Samples used for diagnosis are often no longer needed after completion of these investigations. By donating this biomaterial to the Hilda Biobank Freiburg, children and adolescents enable new research into health and a range of diseases that affect young people. The donated biomaterials in Hilda Biobank are used exclusively for medical, non-commercial research aimed at improving the prevention, recognition and treatment of diseases in childhood and adolescence. The Hilda Biobank Freiburg also supports the national and international cooperation of researchers by providing cooperation partners with biomaterials and data for research projects, following an expert assessment.
The Hilda Biobank Freiburg was named after the Grand Duchess Hilda von Baden (1864-1952), whose commitment to sick children led to the founding of Freiburg’s first pediatric hospital.
The Hilda Biobank Freiburg is a service institution and is located in the Clinic for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. It is available to all clinics at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg for biobanking material from children and adolescents.