The multigenerational data and research project Lifelines will be moving from UMCG to the Drenthe town of Roden over the summer.
Translation by Traci White
Lifelines, which is a biobank that keeps track of the health of 167,000 northerners and focuses on multiple generations, will be relocating to the former location of the Health Hub in Roden over the summer.
Lifelines manager Marcel Bruinenberg told RTV Noord that the move from the Groningen academic hospital grounds to Roden was due to plans for their current building. Renovations are being carried out across the UMCG grounds throughout 2019, and the building at Bloemsingel 1 where Lifelines is presently based is set to eventually become the new home of the University College Groningen.
The Lifelines project started in 2006 and focuses on residents of all three northern provinces. Participants in the study fill in a questionnaire every five years and provide bodily fluid samples to see how their health is changing as they age.
RTV Noord reports that Roden is happy to welcome Lifelines to the province’s medical technology and health ageing hub. According to Dagblad van het Noorden, around 45 employees will make the move to the Drenthe, and the Algemeen Dagblad writes that Lifelines’ storage facility, LifeStore, will remain in its current location at the business park in the province.