A consensus protocol for the standardization of cerebrospinal fluid collection and biobanking

C. E. Teunissen, A. Petzold, J. L. Bennett, F. S. Berven, L. Brundin, M. Comabella, D. Franciotta, J. L. Frederiksen, J. O. Fleming, R. Furlan, R. Q. Hintzen, S. G. Hughes, M. H. Johnson, E. Krasulova, J. Kuhle, M. C. Magnone, C. Rajda, K. Rejdak, H. K. Schmidt, V. Van PeschE. Waubant, C. Wolf, G. Giovannoni, B. Hemmer, H. Tumani, F. Deisenhammer

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Abstract

There is a long history of research into body fluid biomarkers in neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases. However, only a few biomarkers in CSF are being used in clinical practice. One of the most critical factors in CSF biomarker research is the inadequate powering of studies because of the lack of sufficient samples that can be obtained in single-center studies. Therefore, collaboration between investigators is needed to establish large biobanks of well-defined samples. Standardized protocols for biobanking are a prerequisite to ensure that the statistical power gained by increasing the numbers of CSF samples is not compromised by preanalytical factors. Here, a consensus report on recommendations for CSF collection and biobanking is presented, formed by the BioMS-eu network for CSF biomarker research in multiple sclerosis. We focus on CSF collection procedures, preanalytical factors, and high-quality clinical and paraclinical information. The biobanking protocols are applicable for CSF biobanks for research targeting any neurologic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1914-1922
Number of pages9
JournalNeurology
Volume73
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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