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The ASPREE Healthy Ageing Biobank Cluster will advance research into diagnosis of age-related diseases. (CSIRO)

Banking on biomarkers to predict disease

Researchers are building a biobank of blood samples in an effort to predict the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer in ageing Australians. (5:16)

  • 16 February 2010

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CSIRO, in collaboration with Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National University and the Menzies Research Institute (Tasmania), are working to establish a biobank of blood samples collected from over 10 000 healthy elderly Australians in an effort to identify disease biomarkers.

As cases of disease arise amongst the volunteers, researchers will be able to use blood samples stored in the Biobank for case-control studies.

Samples will be compared from subjects with and without a particular disease, allowing researchers to discover and develop diagnostic tests for age-related disease and disability, and to investigate factors that may contribute to healthy ageing.

In this podcast, Dr Trevor Lockett from CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship explains the type of disease biomarkers being sought by researchers, and how the Biobank database will greatly advance research into disease and healthy ageing.

Read more about the Preventative Health Flagship.