• The Cumulative

      Cumulative Total

    • Community Based
    • 151,406cases received

    • 37,508follow-up cases

    • Hospital Based
    • 7,387cases received

    • 1,418follow-up cases

    • 422Second round follow-up cases

    • 98Third round follow-up cases

    • 8Fourth round follow-up cases

    • As of 31 Aug, 2021

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    Biobanks Around The World

    The population of each country is unique with respect to genes, lifestyle, and other risk factors. That is why more and more countries have established their own biobanks. For example, Iceland, the UK, Japan, Estonia, the United States, Germany, Canada, etc., have already established their own biobanks.

    The Swedish National Biobank Program

    185,000 sampling occasionsn

    Danish National Biobank

    More than 15 million blood and tissue samples have been collected.

    National Biobank of Korea

    525,416 participants

    The Malaysian Cohort

    2005- present

    The Mexico City Prospective Study

    150,000 adults

    Lifelines Cohort (Dutch population-based cohort study)

    167,792 participants

    ICMR National Tumour Tissue Repository (INTTR, Tumour Tissue Repository in India)

    2005- present
    27,342 cases

    Purpose Of Taiwan Biobank

    With the advances in medicine, Taiwan has resulted in an aging population and longer average life expectancy. As such, health promotion and chronic disease prevention have become important public health issues. In addition, chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, hypertension, and so on, are all among the top ten causes of death in Taiwan. Hence, the prevention of chronic disease has become a primary task for the government. If we can gain a more understanding of people’s lifestyles and health risk factors, find the causes of common diseases, and attempt to change lifestyle choices that affect people’s health, the health of our nation will improve, and the incidence of chronic disease may be ameliorated. By combining genetic and medical information, Taiwan Biobank intends to conduct large-scale cohort studies and case-control studies on local diseases. The cohort study will call for 200,000 volunteers, while the case-control study will invite 100,000 patients with the 10 to 15 most common diseases. These studies will enable Taiwan Biobank to identify the disease-causing factors and mechanisms of common diseases to facilitate the development of better treatment and prevention, reduce the cost of medical treatment and make it possible to achieve the goal of improving our nation’s health. Therefore, the establishment of Taiwan Biobank will not only help to identify disease-causing factors and mechanisms, but will also provide a huge resource for biomedical research, thus avoiding the difficulties encountered in the past in studying the relationship between genes and environmental factors.
    • 建立符合人體生物資料庫管理條例之典範資料庫。
    • 成立多中心的資料收集合作聯盟。
    • 建立具有連續性資料收集的資料庫,透過追蹤方式,更新參與個案生活習慣變化、健
    • 提供國內研究者生物檢體與臨床資料,以進行生物醫學領域相關研究。

    The Distribution Of TWB Recruitment Centres

    The distribution of all 29 TWB recruitment centres and the population density of Taiwan. The colours represent the population density (persons per km²) of each city or county. There is at least one recruitment centre in each city or county.

    Demographic Characteristics in Taiwan Biobank (as of June 30, 2019)

    Gender Distribution
    The gender ratio of Male: Female is about 1:1.8 among 101,567 participants.
    Age Distribution

    Family History of Cancers

    The distributions of Taiwan Biobank participants with at least one relative (birth parent or sibling) who had been diagnosed with cancer. Liver cancer was the most common cancer (9.25%).

    Prevalence of Leading Causes of Self-Reported Diseases in TWB Participants