Connecting researchers with samples and data


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.
Coordinating the UK's biobanking activity
  • Informatics

    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 (

Latest News

Thinking heads Finding out what makes researchers tick - Here at the UKCRC TDCC we want to help researchers use human samples in their research. In order to do this we are undertaking some research of our own! In 2017 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since then the resource has been developed[...]
Anne and Phil Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank wins Biobank of the year 2017 - Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank (CLCB) has been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2017. The award was presented at UK Biobanking Showcase on 18th October, 2017 in London. Northern Ireland Biobank were awarded runner up. Research Support The award is designed to highlight the work of Biobanks who go above and beyond in supporting[...]
UK Biobanking Showcase 2017 - The annual UK Biobanking Showcase was held on 18th October, 2017 at the Kia Oval cricket ground in London. Over 140 people attended the event, covering human sample resources across the country, universities, medical funders and different medical companies and organisations. This year’s showcase sought to highlight some of the recent discussions and developments in[...]
Med Dis Cata logo UKCRC TDCC announces collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult - A new collaboration between the UKCRC TDCC and the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) will aim to help UK medical research companies access appropriately consented human biological samples to carry out their potentially life-saving work. The MDC aims to support the creation and growth of medicines and diagnostic companies in the UK. Linking companies to the[...]

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