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UK Biobanking Showcase 2017

By Jessica Sims | October 25, 2017

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[…]

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Representing UK-based biobanking at Global Biobank Week

By Jessica Sims | October 5, 2017

Representing UK-based biobanking at Global Biobank Week Presentation slide from the ‘DNA, Your Say’ project This week, our Engagement Manager Jessica Mai Sims reports her experience at Global Biobank Week. Global Biobank Week was held in Stockholm this in September 2017. This year the conference was hosted as a collaboration between BBMRI-ERIC, ESBB and ISBER.[…]

ISO Biobank Standards

By Emma Lawrence | August 7, 2017

ISO Biobank Standards Assuring researchers as to the quality or standard of a Biobank is an important issue. We are here to keep you abreast of all the latest developments in the field. You may have heard that new ISO Biobank standards are coming soon, but who is writing them and how can you get[…]

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Services available for new BBMRI.uk network

By Philip Quinlan | July 21, 2017

Services available for new BBMRI.uk network The UKCRC TDCC 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[…]

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Human tissue in safety assessment

By Emma Lawrence | June 9, 2017

The UKCRC TDCC reports on a workshop on the use of human tissue for safety assessment jointly hosted by the Safety Pharmacology Society, the University of Coventry and NC3Rs.

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New HTA codes of practice

By Emma Lawrence | May 17, 2017

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[…]

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Biobanks and Business planning

By Emma Lawrence | February 22, 2017

Many Biobanks are under pressure to adopt more sustainable, business-like mentalities in the future. The results of a ISBER survey on business planning in the Biobanking community is outlined in this post.

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HRA publishes new proportionate consent guidance

By Emma Lawrence | February 1, 2017

The Health Research Authority (HRA) have published new guidance on taking a proportionate approach to consent, particularly in reference to clinical trials.

Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy

By Emma Lawrence | January 20, 2017

A recent study has found that only around 9% of biobanks have a publicly available access policy. Given that most biobanks are funded by the public, there is an expectation that the samples they contain are made available for external research purposes that could ultimately have a social benefit. But for this to happen, clear[…]