July 22, 2016


Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta

By Emma Lawrence | December 23, 2016

Name: Gautam Mehta Job title: Honorary Consultant and Senior Lecturer, UCL Research Project: Gautam is exploring new ways to treat patients with liver failure and alcohol-related liver disease. Liver disease is the third commonest cause of preventable death in the UK and rates are rising rapidly, therefore new treatments are urgently needed. Gautam’s research involves[…]

Proposed changes to data security and consent in the healthcare system

By Emma Lawrence | November 25, 2016

Proposed changes to data security and consent in the healthcare system In September 2015, the Secretary of State for Health commissioned an intensive review of how personal data is used within the healthcare system. This called for recommendations to be made on improving data security and developing a new, clear opt-out and consent model for[…]

UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced!

By Emma Lawrence | November 7, 2016

UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced! We are dedicated to promoting Biobanks and tissue custodians that go above and beyond in facilitating ground breaking research. We have asked researchers to nominate biobanks that have made their work possible. The shortlisted Biobanks for 2016 are: ALSPAC CCLG Tissue Bank Ethical Tissue Generation Scotland[…]

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Spotlight on: Ethical Tissue

By Emma Lawrence | August 26, 2016

Spotlight on: Ethical Tissue Name: Ethical Tissue Location: University of Bradford What is your biobank for? One of our main objectives is utilising tissue for cutting edge research. It is vital that researchers get the necessary tissue to take the scientific and medical world forward in their ideas and developments in both medicine and technology.[…]

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Spotlight on: Ana Rio-Machin

By Emma Lawrence | July 20, 2016

Spotlight on: Ana Rio-Machin Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher at Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London Research Project: Ana researches the genetic alterations (mutations) that are inherited in families who have leukaemia without a known cause, within a Bloodwise funded programme; ‘Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) familial cases, where two or more affected individuals[…]

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Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!

By Emma Lawrence | June 22, 2016

Annual Meeting Registration Now Open! The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre’s Annual meeting will be held at The Oval, London on the 16th November. UK Biobanking Showcase will be a chance to celebrate Biobanking in the UK. On the day, we’ll showcase the range of exciting biobanking capabilities in the UK. There’ll be debates,[…]

Centre at the UK Biobank Annual meeting

By Philip Quinlan | June 16, 2016

UKCRC TDCC at UK Biobank annual meeting On the 13th June the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre attended the first annual meeting of UK Biobank. UK Biobank is one of the larger Biobanks in the UK with 500,000 participants enrolled. The event coincided with the 10 year anniversary of the UK Biobank and celebrated[…]

Biobanking expertise: Accreditation


By Philip Quinlan | June 8, 2016

Accreditation Review of the CCB’s pilot audit scheme Background Biobanking is recognised as a critical area requiring development if progress is to be made in identifying clinically useful markers of disease and disease progression, discovering new drug targets and understanding the mechanisms of disease in cancer. Researchers continue to report that they are unable to[…]

Biobanking expertise: Access Template

Access Template

By Philip Quinlan | June 8, 2016

Access Template The access policy could be one of the most important documents that you as a Biobank will create as it will define so much of the interactions you are likely to have with researchers. Starting from scratch can be a daunting process, but luckily, the NCRI have created a template document. It sets[…]

Biobanking expertise: Personas


By Philip Quinlan | June 8, 2016

User Personas We have been undertaking a review of the different stakeholders in Biobanking to understand how different people may interact with our biobank directory. This work was undertaken by the user-experience team at the University of Nottingham and the outputs are below to be viewed. These are generalisations but useful for us to understand[…]