Human tissue samples are collected by various researchers and biobanks across the UK, yet, the ability for researchers to undertake the necessary research into human conditions is still hampered by the inability to find suitable samples. We aim to change that. The Tissue Directory is the UK's only register of sample collections that covers multiple diseases and allows searching based on age, gender, disease classification, sample type and available datasets.
Search using diseases
Are you looking for samples from a person with a particular disease? Then head over to our main directory of sample collections
List of diseases
If you are not sure about the terms we are using or the range of diseases that are available via the Directory, then visit our list of disease terms for you to search.
A-Z of Biobanks
Looking for a specific Biobank, then head over to our list of all the sample collections registered in the Directory.
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre was set up to support the work of biobanks by improving access to their human tissue samples for research purposes. Find out about the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre's four main work areas, which have been designed to support biobanks in maximising the use of their existing and new human tissues sample collections through a tissue directory, harmonisation and engagement.
Making tissue and data collections easier to find and access through a freely accessible online Tissue Directory
Harmonisation and Quality
developing standards and consensus on the collection and storage of tissues and data across academia, the NHS and industry so they can be more widely used across projects
working with people and organisations to promote best practice in sample collection, governance and public engagement
connecting the UK with European and other international biobanking initiatives such as BBMRI-ERIC, by being the UK National Node (BBMRI.uk).