The NLHI Cardiac Tissue Repository (‘NLHI Hartenbank’) provides the Dutch cardiovascular research community with a centralized platform for cardiac biobanking and data management.

With this platform, researchers no longer need to initiate their own elaborate and complicated tissue collection program before they can start their intended research projects. NLHI Hartenbank coordinates donor inclusion, tissue collection, and tissue distribution programs. All the required permissions and protocols are in place. 

The initial procedures are performed by pathologists from the Dutch brain tissue repository using standardized procedures to harvest and process the donated organs. 

Mutation carriers of various cardiogenetic disorders and their relatives are now invited to register as potential donors and make their cardiac tissue available after demise.

NLHI Hartenbank was initiated in 2019 in collaboration with Durrer center, the Dutch brain tissue repository and the PLN foundation.

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