This page contains information for coordinators of new studies, department heads or others who wish to affiliate their studies with CUBE in order to use its storage facilities.
We really welcome new study entities (or Departments) at the University of Copenhagen into CUBE. All members of CUBE have a place in the CUBE coordination committee. In principle we are not limited to store samples collected at the University of Copenhagen, however, storing samples and maintaining a database is costly and these costs are higher for external users.
What is in it for me as a study coordinator
Being part of CUBE can help you to assure proper sample collection, handling and storage for your major and most important experiments. CUBE also helps you to enter into all the correct legal frameworks for handling samples, especially human samples.
The costs of maintaining CUBE is shared between the member studies. We are currently applying for funds in order to make CUBE free for a 3-5 year period. The cost for new members will depend on this.
Please contact the CUBE executive board through firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the current costs of joining.
A prerequisite for entering CUBE is that samples from a number of high-quality biological, medical, pharmacological, nutritional or other similar experiments are collected in a manner that allows their storage in CUBE. We recommend you to consult our CUBE biobank related SOPs for inspiration or advice on how to do that.
Another prerequisite is that there is a biobank approval from the Danish Data Protection Agency for every department with principal investigators who wish to store samples. Information on application to obtain a Department biobank approval from the Danish Data Protection Agency (Danish).
Unfortunately CUBE currently has limited personnel resources and cannot provide laboratory assistance during sample collection. This has to be part of the budget for each experiment producing the samples.
If you plan to perform research producing samples for CUBE you may wish to get advice on standard operational procedures (SOPs). You can browse our list of general SOPs for collection, handling and storage of the most common types of samples. These lists are provided for members and guest researchers by CUBE and can be accessed after login.
Please be aware that SOPs are dynamic and may change over time. CUBE will neither be responsible for the quality of any work done using these SOPs nor for problems caused by using an outdated version of a SOP. If you have suggestions for alterations in our SOPs, for new procedures or otherwise, please contact CUBE staff at email@example.com
We welcome your input.
Any dispute within CUBE would be referred to the CUBE External Committee for settlement.