The Durrer Center 

The Durrer Center for Cardiovascular Research was founded in 2008 as a facility of the Netherlands Heart Institute (NL-HI). NL-HI fosters collaboration between university medical centers in the Netherlands and between scientists and the private sector within the cardiovascular domain.
Durrer Center provides expertise and services to collect, analyse, manage, store, archive and share clinical research data, images and biomaterials. The main principle is that biomaterials and research data are Findable (F), Interoperable (I), Accessible (A) and Reusable (R).


Durrer Center stands for high quality services on:

  • Biobanking: storage services for biological materials (usually human) and related clinical data for use in research.Materials can be sera, plasma, liquor, urine, feces, tissues, cells or molecular fractions, such as DNA and RNA. More information on biobanking services go to biobanking._DSC1461
  • Data management support: All kinds of data management assistance to researchers in all stages of their research. This can range from practical guidance, support, infrastructure coordination and advice on managing your research data. More information on data management services go to the data management section.


Study Catalogue

The Durrer Center endorses the sharing and reusing of scientific data. To facilitate finding and localizing of data and biological samples, we provide you with sophisticated searchable metadata catalogues. Our metadata catalogues are financially supported by BBMRI-NL, an initiative for improving research infrastructure financed by the Dutch government (NWO 184.021.007).

Durrer Center studies Catalogue:
This catalogue provides an overview of the biological samples stored in our central biobank. Studies are documented in a standardized way, so that you can either browse around our database or tailor advanced search queries.

click here for the Durrer Center study collection

Cardiac Tissue Biobank Utrecht:
The Cardiac Tissue Biobank Utrecht includes clinical and genetic data with cardiac tissue collected by the departments of pathology and cardiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Information related to biopsies and slices of cardiac tissue are described in detail with the goal of facilitating other researchers to discover data and sample with a potential to be reused in subsequent studies. More than 500 patients with an ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent a heart transplantation or left ventricular assist device implantation have donated biological samples for the Cardiac Tissue Biobank Utrecht.