September 2021 marked the 10-year anniversary of The Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB). Established in 2011 to facilitate translational biomarker research, NIB has been instrumental in supporting many academic and industry led research studies, as well as underpinning several large programme grants within Queen's University Belfast. In the past 10 years NIB have received over 330 applications for samples, helped leverage major research funding for local PIs, and have been acknowledged or cited in more than 70 high impact publications which have arisen from studies using NIB resources.
NIB started with a core team of nine staff in 2011 which had expanded to 13 in 2021, with several individuals still working for NIB 10 years later. To mark our anniversary, staff participated in a 'team building' day at The Jungle NI which involved a series of games and tasks to complete. A great day was had by all!
NIB could not have come this far without the continued funding support from the R&D Division of the Public Health Agency, as well as with the various charitable contributions received over the years from The Friends of the Cancer Centre, Cancer Research -UK, and Prostate Cancer UK. A thank you is also extended to all members of the NIB Steering Committee, past and present and to the academics who have supported NIB. We look forward to the next 10 years and achievements yet to come!