National Heart Failure Biobank (NHFB)


  • Recently, the Ministry of Science & Technology has launched the National Heart Failure Biobank (NHFB).

About National Heart Failure Biobank (NHFB)

  • It is India’s first National Heart Failure Biobank (NHFB).
  • It would collect blood, biopsies, and clinical data as a guide to future therapies.
    • The biosamples include the blood, serum, tissue samples obtained during open-heart surgery and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and genomic DNA collected from heart failure patients.
  • National Heart Failure Biobank
    Source: The Print

    It was inaugurated at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST).

  • The biobank activity is supervised by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with a member from ICMR.

Significance of National Heart Failure Biobank (NHFB)

  • It would greatly help in guiding future therapies and technologies and would benefit the heart failure patients significantly.
  • It will provide insights into heart diseases and heart failure among Indian children and adults, which are very different from that seen in the West.
  • It would prove very helpful in understanding molecular pathways and would improve the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of Heart Failure.
  • It will open a new era in research in Heart Failure in India and will change the persona of diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.
  • Through the NHFB, researchers can get access to well-annotated biological specimens linked to clinical data while maintaining appropriate standards of quality and security.
  • It will facilitate research both in India and abroad, helping clinicians and scientists to work together to understand and find solutions to heart failure-related morbidity and mortality.

Source: PIB

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