Connecting researchers with samples and data

Directory

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.

About

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

  • STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

    working with people and organisations to promote best practice in sample collection, governance and public engagement

  • INTERNATIONAL

    connecting the UK with European and other international biobanking initiatives such as BBMRI-ERIC, by being the UK National Node (BBMRI.uk).

Latest News

BBMRI.uk BBMRI.uk update - Background The Centre is the UK’s node within BBRMI-ERIC; we can also, therefore, be referred to as BBMRI.uk. This membership means we are part of a much larger European effort and as a result the services BBMRI develop are available to UK Biobanks. We are initiating our own BBMRI.uk network and there are two services[...]
codes of practice New HTA codes of practice - In April the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) published updated Codes of practice. This guest blog by Regulation Manager Fiona Maleady-Crowe explains what this means for Biobanks. What are the Codes of Practice? The HTA’s Codes of Practice provide practical guidance on the human tissue legislation and set out the HTA’s licensing standards. The Codes are[...]
Debate Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns - On the 9th May The Centre co-hosted the workshop “Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns” along with Use MY Data, Independent Cancer Patient’s Voice (ICPV) and the NCRI’s Cellular & Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative. The event was a good opportunity to delve into the issues associated with tissue sample and data[...]
directory UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC directory - UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC directory. The Centre represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC; BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the Centre’s continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks will be automatically registered in[...]

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