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

UK Biobanking Showcase UK Biobanking Showcase 2018 - UK Biobanking Showcase 2018 The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC) held its annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase, on the 27th November. The event is a chance for Biobankers across the country to get together and talk Biobanking. Sustainable thinking Several themes emerged repeatedly throughout the day, including the sustainability of Biobanking. UKCRC[...]
Sue Ring and Phil Quinlan posing with award and certificate The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) wins UK Biobank of the Year 2018 - The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) wins UK Biobank of the Year 2018 The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) have been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2018! Now in its 3rd year, the awards were presented at UK Biobanking Showcase on the 27th November in London. The Cure[...]
HTA HRA report biobanking Public support for transparency in Biobanking - Public support for transparency in biobanking The HTA and HRA have released a report, Consent to use human tissue and linked health data in research. This report details results from a series of workshops where the public shared their views on the topic.  Although intended for the HTA and HRA, it provides examples of how to[...]
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2018: date announced - The UKCRC TDCC have confirmed the date of their annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase 2018. The event will be held on the 27th November at a brand new location in central London. Expect more interactive talks, debates and an up to date picture of Biobanking in the UK and beyond. Topics will include sustainability planning,[...]

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