UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre News

Med Dis Cata logo The Centre announces collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult - A new collaboration between the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre and the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) 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[...]
scientist logo SCIENTIST.com collaborates with UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally - The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre and Scientist.com have announced plans to work together to develop opportunities for biobanks in the UK to connect to potential researchers across the globe. Matt McLoughlin, Senior Director of Compliance at Scientist.com said “Our goal is to put researchers who require human biological samples in touch with biobanks[...]
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[...]
Biobank of the year logo UK Biobank of the Year 2017 - Applications are now open for UK Biobank of the year 2017! The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre 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[...]
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[...]