Director : Bertrand Fontaine
Founded in 1996 by the AFM, Myobank-AFM is a non-profit service that manages the collection, preparation, storage and distribution of human tissue samples. To help researchers and advance knowledge, the AFM-TELETHON has created a research tissue bank – the Institute of Myology’s Myobank-AFM. This biological resource centre (medico-scientific expertise centre dedicated to muscle) is intended for the exclusive use of research with respect for fundamental human rights.
Myobank-AFM aims to facilitate research in the field of neuromuscular diseases, thanks to its mission to collect, prepare, store and provide tissue samples (remaining or extra tissue that has been removed during a medical procedure) of patients affected by these diseases. Its operation and its objectives meet the requirements of Biological Resource Centres and are in compliance with current legislation.
Myobank-AFM is installed within the Common Platform of Biological Resources situated at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital site, as part of a partnership between patient organizations and the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (Public Assistance – Paris Hospitals).
The tissue samples are mainly from people with neuromuscular or rare diseases but also from healthy subjects in order to provide ‘control’ tissue samples. This biological material is intended for in vitro studies that complement the information gained from animal models before clinical exploration in vivo.
The service is available on request to all research teams in France and abroad.
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In July 2015, Myobank-AFM received the AFAQ evaluation from the Biological Resources Centre. The management system set up by the Institute of Myology for the collection, reception, preparation, storage and provision of biological resources was found to meet the requirements of the NF S 96-900 standard.
- Authorisation to store and prepare human tissue for scientific use: Myobank-AFM tissue bank has obtained this authorisation in September 2014 for 5 years by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research after approval by the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital’s protection of person’s committee.
- Authorisation to import and export human tissue: because Myobank-AFM is involved in international networks, it obtained authorisation from the Ministry of Health in 1997 to import and export human tissues and cells for scientific purpose. This 5 year renewal period was authorised in 2002, 2008 and 2013.
- Authorisation of automated file management: to ensure perfect sample traceability and management of collaborations, Myobank-AFM has developed a programme specific to the activities of a biological resource centre. Use of this software was authorised after a positive opinion from the National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties (CNIL-France), particularly for the management of donor consent.
Myobank-AFM is one of the poles of the Institute of Myology Association, an interactive platform between the clinic and research.
Myobank-AFM is affiliated with the Biological Resources Platform of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and therefore works closely with hospital services of l’Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (Public Assistance – Paris Hospitals).
Myobank-AFM is a member of the European network of biological material, Eurobiobank, which now has 25 members, including 22 banks in 9 European countries and in Israel and Canada.
Myobank-AFM is a member of the European network for biological materials, Eurobiobanks, which now has 25 members, including 22 banks in 9 European countries, as well as Israel and Canada.
Myobank-AFM is part of the national Biobanks network, an infrastructure dedicated to biomedical research. BIOBANKS unites over 80 Biological Resource Centres (BRCs), composed of biobanks, tumour banks and microbiological resource centres (mBRCs), distributed throughout France, generally within large hospitals.