UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre 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[...]
PMC logo Precision Medicine - This month the Centre met with the Precision Medicine Catapult to find out more about their organisation and what they will be working on in the future. What is precision medicine? Precision medicine is about tailoring medicine and treatments to the patient, thereby giving them the best chance of success. This can be split up[...]
calendar Date of 2017’s Annual Meeting announced! - The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination centre are pleased to announce that we have set the date for our 2017 annual meeting! We will be returning to the Kia Oval on the 18th October for another day of all things Biobanking. The Agenda and details of 2017’s Biobank of the year award will be announced[...]
NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research - On the 1st and 2nd March the centre attended the NC3Rs workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research. Here, we outline the day’s events and what we learned. The first day was opened by Professor Gareth Thomas who gave a pathologists perspective, highlighting the importance of the tumour microenvironment which means research should focus on[...]
MRC invests in UK Biobanking - The Medical Research Council has announced a new funding call “Capital investment in human tissue banking and linked data, in partnership with charities.” £5 million will be available to support 2 – 5 human tissue Biobanks with linked data. The funds will support focussed, world class repositories including linkage with clinical data. “Human tissue –[...]
Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy - 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[...]
Biobanking expertise: Accreditation Directory registration now a condition of REC favourable opinion - The UK Ethics Committee Authority (UKECA) have now made registration in the UKCRC Tissue Directory a condition of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) favorable opinion for research tissue banks (RTB). The Research Ethics Committee favour collection of tissue for future research use by research tissue banks, however, there is an expectation that this tissue is[...]
data minutes Putting Patients First - The Centre attended Patients First on the 28th November; an event co-hosted by ABPI and AMRC. Here, we outline the day’s events and what we can learn from the topics discussed. The event was opened by Aisling Burnand, AMRC, with an inspiring quote by Mary Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed[...]
Showcase Logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2016 - The Centre’s annual meeting was held on the 16th November at the Oval in London. UK Biobanking Showcase was a unique opportunity to bring together all stakeholders in the field. The day kicked off with a brief introductory video on the centre; Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham then opened the[...]
UK Biobank of the year – 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 UK primary Sjogren’s syndrome Registry Northern Ireland Biobank
timebomb The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research - On the 25th October The UKCRC Tissue Coordination Centre attended an event in parliament organised by The University of Nottingham. The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research was ran as part of Nottingham in Parliament day. The day saw more than 2,500 guests gather at 45 events across Parliament, celebrating all that[...]
Collaboration in cancer logo Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape - On the 17th October the Centre attended the Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB) and CM-Path’s joint meeting “Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape”. The day was a great opportunity to bring together colleagues from throughout the UK to discuss the challenges and opportunities currently developing in the Cancer landscape. The Confederation of Cancer[...]
Nottingham in parliament Nottingham takes Biobanking to Parliament - The University of Nottingham will be taking Biobanking to Parliament next month. The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research will be held at 2.30pm on the 25th October in Westminster as part of Nottingham in Parliament day. The day will be a celebration of the leadership the UK has shown in this[...]
The Centre attends Europe Biobank Week 2016 - The UKCRC Tissue Coordination Cente attended Europe Biobank Week last week in its capacity as BBMRI.uk. The event was jointly organized by ESBB and BBMRI-ERIC and was a great opportunity to meet with the global biobank community. The week kicked off with a string quartet to reflect Vienna’s musical connections (right).   Highlights included lots[...]
Man searching The UKCRC Tissue Directory is now Live! - The UKCRC Tissue Directory is now live for medical researchers wanting to source human tissue for their studies. The Directory is intended to be a first port of call for researchers needing human samples; it has functionality to search for both collections and capabilities. This means if it doesn’t return what you need you can[...]
winner Biobank of the Year Awards 2016 - Nominations for this awards are now closed. We are keen to promote and encourage Biobanks that go above and beyond in facilitating ground breaking research. We therefore encourage researchers to nominate biobanks that have made their work possible. Shortlisted candidates will be presented at our annual meeting UK Biobanking Showcase and participants can then vote[...]
Showcase Logo 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, discussion panels, workshops and lots[...]