BIPS BioBank

BIPS BioBank provides biosample resources and support for the implementation of epidemiological studies that aim to improve health research in all phases of the lifespan.

Further aims and tasks

  • Integration of new measurements into the existing biobank/phenotyping resources;
  • Application of improved data availability and reusability according to FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability);
  • Compliance with highest quality and safety standards;
  • Ensurance of data safety and data protection and an ethical research environment.

BIPS BioBank - Background

The BIPS BioBank is scientifically supported by the Department ‘Epidemiological Methods and Etiological Research’, i.e. the Research Group 'Biomarkers and metabolism' and the Unit 'Molecular Epidemiology', and provides a basis for planning and conducting biomarker-based research projects. Molecular biomarkers measurements can be particularly useful to determine exposure, effect of exposure, disease susceptibility and progression. The BIPS BioBank is unique due to its large variety of biosample collections from multiple study populations across the human lifespan. Currently, it contains appr. 800,000 blood, urine and saliva samples as well as tissue material from more than 35,000 donors from various epidemiological studies conducted in children, adult and older individuals. As such, the BIPS BioBank data allows investigation of individual’s genetic makeup, lifestyle and environmental exposures in relation to various chronic disease outcomes, incl. obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Together with already available phenotyping on a number of dietary, lifestyle, anthropometric factors along with psycho-social characteristics, the data available at BIPS provides a rich resource for answering multiple research questions that can help elucidate links between biomarkers of exposure, response, or patterns of biomarkers with health outcomes.

German Biobank Alliance: Enabling high-quality research

BIPS BioBank joined the German Biobank Alliance as observer in 2021. The German Biobank Node (GBN) is the umbrella organisation of university biobanks in Germany and represents the interests of German biobanks in the BBMRI-ERIC ("Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium").

The common goal is to make biospecimens and associated data available for (inter)national biomedical research. The partner biobanks therefore harmonise their quality management and connect via an IT infrastructure.


Böhm-Bechebbi, Saskia
Tel.: +49 (0)421 218-56851
Fax: +49 (0)421 218-56756

Günther, Kathrin, Dr.
Tel.: +49 (0)421 218-56825
Fax: +49 (0)421 218-56821

Niß, Patricia
Tel.: +49 (0)421 218-56851
Fax: +49 (0)421 218-56821

Kathrin Günther

Dr. Kathrin Günther

Tel: +49 (0)421 218-56825
Fax: +49 (0)421 218-56821