UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre News

Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2018: date announced - The UKCRC TDCC have confirmed the date of their annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase 2018. The event will be held on the 27th November at a brand new location in central London. Expect more interactive talks, debates and an up to date picture of Biobanking in the UK and beyond. Topics will include sustainability planning,[...]
£54 million funding to transform health through data science - The UKCRC Tissue directory and Coordination centre will soon be embedded within one of six new Health data research centres in the UK. Health Data Research UK is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science. Each site has world-class expertise; a track[...]
Thinking heads Finding out what makes researchers tick - Here at the UKCRC TDCC we want to help researchers use human samples in their research. In order to do this we are undertaking some research of our own! In 2017 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since then the resource has been developed[...]
Anne and Phil Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank wins Biobank of the year 2017 - Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank (CLCB) has been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2017. The award was presented at UK Biobanking Showcase on 18th October, 2017 in London. Northern Ireland Biobank were awarded runner up. Research Support The award is designed to highlight the work of Biobanks who go above and beyond in supporting[...]
Showcase logo 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 discussions and developments in[...]
Med Dis Cata logo UKCRC TDCC announces collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult - A new collaboration between the UKCRC TDCC and the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) will aim to help UK medical research companies access 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 the UK. Linking companies to the[...]
scientist logo UKCRC TDCC collaborates with to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally - The UKCRC TDCC and have announced plans to work together to develop opportunities for biobanks in the UK to connect to potential researchers across the globe. Philip Quinlan, Director of the UKCRC TDCC said ‘The aim is to enable biobanks throughout the UK to easily connect and work with’s large international customer base.[...]
BC platforms UKCRC TDCC 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 UKCRC TDCC to explore the development of a unique research platform for more than 150 human sample resources in the UK. The UKCRC TDCC and BC Platforms will showcase the platform today at the UK Biobanking Showcase 2017[...]
Centre logo UKCRC TDCC 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 (UKCRC TDCC). After a busy[...]
Biobank of the year logo UK Biobank of the Year 2017 - Applications are now open for UK Biobank of the year 2017! The UKCRC TDCC is dedicated to supporting and promoting those who provide researchers with fit-for-purpose samples and data in the UK. The Biobank of the Year Award recognises the sterling work of human tissue resources in biobanking and seeks to recognise the one that[...]
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 involved? Gareth Bicknell,[...] Services available for new network - The UKCRC TDCC is the UK’s node within BBRMI-ERIC; we can also, therefore, be referred to as 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 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[...]
directory UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC directory - UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC directory. The UKCRC TDCC represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the UKCRC TDCC’s continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC Tissue directory registered Biobanks will be automatically registered[...]
calendar Date of 2017’s Annual Meeting announced! - The UKCRC TDCC are pleased to announce that we have set the date for our 2017 annual meeting! We will be returning to the Kia Oval on 18th October, 2017 for another day of all things Biobanking. The agenda and details of 2017’s Biobank of the year award will be announced in the coming weeks[...]
NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research - On 1st and 2nd of March , the UKCRC TDCC 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 Prof Gareth Thomas who gave a pathologists perspective, highlighting the importance of the tumour microenvironment which means research should[...]
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 - UKCRC TDCC attended Patients First on 28th November, 2016 – 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,[...]
Showcase Logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2016 - The UKCRC TDCC’s annual meeting was held on 16th November, at the Kia 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; Prof. Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham then opened[...]