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

New collaboration to maximise use of human tissue samples to advance medical research - A new collaboration between Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) and the UK CRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre will aim to help UK medical research companies improve access to 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[...] collaborates with UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally - and have announced plans to work with the Centre to develop opportunities for biobanks in the UK to connect to potential researchers across the globe. Matt McLoughlin, Senior Director of Compliance at said “Our goal is to put researchers who require human biological samples in touch with biobanks that have those samples in[...]
BC platforms UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre collaborates with BC Platforms to provide a unique research platform to over 150 human sample resources in the UK - BC Platforms, a leader in genomic data management and analysis solutions, has announced a collaboration with the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (The Centre) to explore the development of a unique research platform for more than 150 human sample resources in the UK. The Centre and BC Platforms will showcase[...]
Centre logo The Centre secures future funding - The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) have announced that they will be funding the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre until 2020. The University of Nottingham and University College London (UCL) have been awarded a renewal of funding to continue the efforts of the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (the Centre). After a busy[...]

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