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Job Vacancy: Engagement Manager Research (maternity cover) February 20, 2019- We are recruiting for a maternity cover for our Engagement Manager Research post. The deadline for applications is 11 March. Read on for more information about requirements and how to apply! Read More...
Sustainability word cloud Environmental Sustainability in Biobanking January 18, 2019- In this post we hear from Martin Farley, Sustainable Laboratory Advisor at UCL to find out more about environmental sustainability in the lab. Read More...
File folder labelled as 'collections' Nov and Dec 2018: aggregating the anonymised sample data December 17, 2018- The development team report on their end of 2018 API updates. Read More...
UK Biobanking Showcase UK Biobanking Showcase 2018 December 5, 2018- The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC) held its annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase, on the 27th November. This year, the main themes included sustainability, quality and data management. Read More...
Sue Ring and Phil Quinlan posing with award and certificate The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) wins UK Biobank of the Year 2018 November 28, 2018- The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) have been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2018! Now in its 3rd year, the awards were presented at UK Biobanking Showcase. Read More...
Emma in Cardiff Biobanking at the University of Cardiff November 19, 2018- UKCRC TDCC staff visited the University of Cardiff to learn about biobanking in Wales through talking to researchers and visiting the new Cardiff University Biobank (CUB) and Wales Cancer Bank. Read More...
Spotlight On – Phil Quinlan November 13, 2018- In our latest blog post we meet our Director, Phil Quinlan, to find out more about his role and future work at the UKCRC TDCC. Read More...
Illustrator of a dial scale face October 2018: load performance improvements October 31, 2018- October's API development team update include improving the load performance of the API and learning about what the research community want in terms of the Directory. Read More...
Directory – Responding to feedback September 27, 2018-   Responding to your feedback to improving the Directory Multiple resources per account What has changed From your Directory account it is now possible to administer multiple sample resources or networks. Why we made the change  We received feedback that some users managed several resources and therefore to have a separate email and password for… Read More...
September 2018: First testing of bulk upload September 25, 2018- What the Development Team worked on in September During September, following preparing the bulk upload API for the first phase of testing, the team have been working on a number of improvements around handling errors. A lot of work has also been done this month with Researchers and Clinicians in order to understand how the Directory can best support… Read More...
Erik S Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder September 21, 2018- Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder Erik Steinfelder is Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. Erik has completed a Bsc in Analytical Chemistry and a course in Foundations of Management. In 2008, he joined Thermo Fisher Scientific and as first Biobank Commercial Leader EMEA, he went on to head the complete biobank portfolio and range of activities. Additionally, between… Read More...
Antwerp graffiti Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week September 20, 2018- Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week 2018 The European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) and BBMRI-ERIC jointly held Europe Biobank Week (EBW) this September. Emma Lawrence, UKCRC TDCC Research engagement manager reports back on the week’s events. I attended Europe Biobank Week on behalf of the UKCRC TDCC this month. It was… Read More...
August 2018: First API changes August 18, 2018- What the Development Team worked on in August During August, the team have been really busy working on testing the API to ensure that all the ‘test’ and ‘development’ environments work in exactly the same way through full and automated regression testing. There has also been a lot of work to change over environments following an update… Read More...
Sharon King Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King August 15, 2018- Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King Dr Sharon King is Manager of the Tayside Biorepository in Dundee. The Tayside Biorepository is part of a wider Scottish Biorepository Network supported by the Chief Scientist Office. Sharon has worked within a variety of translational based projects using human tissues, including PLK1 repression in breast cancer where she was awarded the… Read More...
Prof Andrew Morris Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris August 2, 2018- Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris Professor Andrew Morris is the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee and Chief… Read More...
HTA HRA report biobanking Public support for transparency in Biobanking August 1, 2018- Public support for transparency in biobanking The HTA and HRA have released a report, Consent to use human tissue and linked health data in research. This report details results from a series of workshops where the public shared their views on the topic.  Although intended for the HTA and HRA, it provides examples of how to… Read More...
July 2018: API changes for vendor testing July 17, 2018-   July 2018 update Over the past couple of months, we have been making some structural changes to our data APIs in preparation for vendor testing. Some of this work is preparatory and will be built upon further, but it will still provide an early version for software vendors to feedback on. In this blog post… Read More...
Data saves lives infographic The national data opt-out July 9, 2018- The national data opt-out In order to make the samples you donate really useful for research, Biobanks need to link them to data about you. Recently there has been changes to the control you have over this data. We talk to Alison Stone and Chris Carrigan from the patient movement use MY data to find… Read More...
CMpath logo The (CM)-Path to quality Biobanking May 18, 2018- CM-Path hosted a workshop on sample quality in biobanking and promoting best practice Research Engagement Manager, Emma Lawrence reports back on the workshop. Although I had used human samples in research in the past I had never given much thought to what makes a ‘good quality sample’. This week I attended the NCRI CM-Path initiative’s… Read More...
Spotlight On – Matt Styles April 12, 2018- Spotlight on: Matt Styles In our latest blog post we meet software developer, Matt Styles, to find out more about his role and future work at the UKCRC TDCC. What is your role within the UKCRC TDCC and what does it involve? My job title is formally ‘Senior Research Developer’, though I’ll admit to not… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2018: date announced March 21, 2018- 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,… Read More...
support Biobank support and resources for those working with human tissue March 19, 2018- Biobank support and resources for those working with human tissue Biobanking and research involving human tissue and data are governed by specific regulations and are guided by existing best practice. We've made a list of key organisations that provide biobank support and resources for research involving human data and tissue. MRC Regulatory Support Centre The… Read More...
Picture of Riga Making new treatments possible in Riga March 16, 2018- Riga old town (Creative Comms Licence, David Holt) Making new treatments possible in Riga In March BBMRI-ERIC members from all over Europe met in Riga for a management update. UKCRC TDCC Research Engagement Manger, Emma Lawrence reports back on the meetings events. The meetings are an opportunity for the national nodes to meet and talk… Read More...
Yarning to Consent: engaging in biobanking stories via knitting March 1, 2018-   Yarning to Consent: engaging in biobanking stories via knitting An introduction to biobanking What does knitting have to do with Biobanking? I wouldn’t be offended if someone didn’t see a connection between knitting and biobanking. But, sometimes we need unlikely pairings to entice people to think about a new subject. I met a woman… Read More...
HDR UK logo £54 million funding to transform health through data science February 7, 2018- £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 (HDR UK) is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK to address challenging healthcare issues through use… Read More...
winner UK Biobank of the year award 2018 January 30, 2018- UK Biobank of the year award 2018 The UKCRC TDCC is dedicated to supporting and promoting those who provide researchers with fit-for-purpose samples and data in the UK. The UK Biobank of the Year Award recognises the sterling work of human tissue resources in biobanking and seeks to recognise the one that has supported significant… Read More...
Spotlight on: Emma Lawrence January 25, 2018- Spotlight on: Emma Lawrence In our latest blog post we meet Engagement Manager, Research, Dr Emma Lawrence to find out more about her role and future work at the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC). What is your role and what does it involve? My job title is Engagement Manager for Research. It’s… Read More...
Thinking heads Finding out what makes researchers tick January 24, 2018- 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 2016 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since… Read More...
Cutaneous SCC (H&E stain) Collaborators needed for new Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative January 24, 2018- Collaborators needed for new Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative Thanks to the registration of skin cancer pathology reports, the biggest database on skin cancer in the world now exists through Public Health England (PHE) with input from the devolved nations. In order to build on this resource a new UK Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative (UKKCC) is being established… Read More...
Commercial Principles November 28, 2017- Principles for organisations integrating with the UKCRC Tissue Directory. This document sets out the core principles that the Centre should adopt when considering any commercial opportunities that may arise from the Directory. These principles shall be used by the legal teams at UCL or Nottingham to draw up an agreement with an organisation wishing to… Read More...
tubes BBMRI-ERIC quality management programme November 15, 2017- In this blog post we find out more about BBMRI-ERIC's work on quality management service and how you can get involved. Read More...
Anne and Phil Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank wins Biobank of the year 2017 October 25, 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… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2017 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… Read More...
Med Dis Cata logo UKCRC TDCC announces collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
scientist logo UKCRC TDCC collaborates with SCIENTIST.com to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally October 18, 2017- UKCRC TDCC collaborates with SCIENTIST.com to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally The UKCRC TDCC 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. Philip Quinlan, Director of the UKCRC TDCC said 'The aim is to enable biobanks throughout… Read More...
BC platforms UKCRC TDCC collaborates with BC Platforms to provide a unique research platform to over 150 human sample resources in the UK October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
Centre logo UKCRC TDCC secures future funding October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
Sodermalm Stockholm Representing UK-based biobanking at Global Biobank Week 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.… Read More...
Biobank of the year logo UK Biobank of the Year 2017 September 8, 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… Read More...
ISO Biobank Standards 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… Read More...
BBMRI.uk Services available for new BBMRI.uk network 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… Read More...
question mark Sustainability Survey July 20, 2017- This guest post by biobank researchers Daniel Simeon-Dubach; Kirstin Goldring and Marianne K Henderson introduces a current biobank sustainability survey. Read More...
pipetting Human tissue in safety assessment 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. Read More...
codes of practice New HTA codes of practice 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… Read More...
Debate Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns May 17, 2017- Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns On 9th May, 2017, the UKCRC TDCC 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… Read More...
HeLa The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks May 10, 2017- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Today, samples donated for medical research are anonymised so that any work performed on them cannot be traced back to the donor. But donation for research has not always worked like this. In 1951, tumour cells from a patient in the USA were grown and sent all over the… Read More...
directory UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory May 5, 2017- UK sample resources now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory UKCRC Tissue Directory registered sample resources are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. The UKCRC TDCC represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the UKCRC TDCC's continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC… Read More...
calendar Date of 2017’s Annual Meeting announced! March 20, 2017- 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… Read More...
costs Cost recovery in Biobanking March 8, 2017- Cost recovery in Biobanking When patients donate samples for research they do so with goodwill as a gift to research. So why is there sometimes reference to 'the cost of samples?' We explain more about the use of Cost recovery in Biobanking in our latest blog. How can tissue cost money when it is donated… Read More...
NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research March 2, 2017- 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… Read More...
Business plan Biobanks and Business planning 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. Read More...
YES HRA publishes new proportionate consent guidance 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. Read More...
Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy 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… Read More...
Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Accreditation Directory registration now a condition of REC favourable opinion December 1, 2016- 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,… Read More...
data minutes Putting Patients First November 30, 2016- 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… Read More...
Proposed changes to data security and consent in the healthcare system 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… Read More...
Showcase Logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2016 November 18, 2016- 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… Read More...
UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced! 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… Read More...
timebomb The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research October 26, 2016- 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… Read More...
Collaboration in cancer logo Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape October 19, 2016- Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape On 17th October, the UKCRC TDCC 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… Read More...
Nottingham in parliament Nottingham takes Biobanking to Parliament September 26, 2016- 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… Read More...
UKCRC TDCC attends Europe Biobank Week 2016 September 19, 2016- UKCRC TDCC attends Europe Biobank Week 2016The 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… Read More...
Ethical Tissue Logo Spotlight on: Ethical Tissue 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.… Read More...
Man searching The UKCRC Tissue Directory is now Live! August 10, 2016- 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… Read More...
Ana's photo Spotlight on: Ana Rio-Machin 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… Read More...
winner Biobank of the Year Awards 2016 July 14, 2016- 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… Read More...
Showcase Logo Annual Meeting Registration Now Open! 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,… Read More...
Centre at the UK Biobank Annual meeting 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: SNOMED-CT What is SNOMED CT and why are we using it? June 10, 2016- Find out more about SNOMED CT and why we use it in the UKCRC Tissue Directory. Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Accreditation Accreditation 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Access Template Access Template 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Personas Personas 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… Read More...
Connecting the UK’s Biobanks June 8, 2016- The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre hosted a meeting between the technical teams of the University of Nottingham and leading international suppliers of Biobanking software. Staff from the Advanced Data Analysis Centre and the Information Services department of the University met with Interactive Software, Infonetica, CSols, Open Specimen and Freezer Works to discuss and… Read More...
Centre staff receives Public engagement award February 11, 2016- Jessica Sims, Project and Engagement Manager for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, has received University College London's Provost's Award for Public Engager of the Year (Professional Services Staff) for her work in public engagement in biobanking. The award recognised Jessica's recent project developing a biobanking board game to simulate the process of real-life… Read More...
Video Explaining the Tissue Directory January 11, 2016- One of the Centre's main projects is to develop an online Tissue Directory which will hold information about sample collections across the UK. Watch our latest video, below, for more information on what's gone into the development of the Directory. Over the next year we will be holding Directory Roadshows with the relevant local people… Read More...
bbmri logo BBMRI-LPC Third Scientific Call for Access December 16, 2015- A third BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access is now being launched, building on the success of the first call in 2014 and the second call in spring 2015. BBMRI-LPC supports innovative research projects conducted in large prospective cohorts (LPC) across Europe. This Call for Access is an outstanding opportunity for European scientists to gain access… Read More...
Poster prize award for biobanking board game project October 19, 2015- The Centre recently presented a poster at the ESBB 2015 Annual Conference on our latest public engagement activity and were awarded the poster prize for the Education & Standards category. Our ‘Biobanking: the board game: Public engagement through table top game development’ outlined our UCL Beacon Bursary funded project that engaged people, who enjoy playing… Read More...
Coordination of Biobanking in the UK October 19, 2015- On 29 September 2015, the Centre held its first annual biobanking event. Coordination of Biobanking in the UK, marked the UK becoming the 17th Member State to join BBMRI-ERIC, and was organised alongside ESBB's 2015 Annual Conference to further connect to global developments in biobanking. Below you can find the presentations for view and download:… Read More...
question mark What to expect when donating samples August 14, 2015- It is difficult to generalise what to expect when you donate your tissue to a biobank, as each biobank will operate in a slightly different manner. So this has been intended as a guide describing some of the key points during the various stages of biobanking to give you an idea what is likely to… Read More...
Biobanking basics - Introduction Introduction to biobanking August 4, 2015- What are samples? A sample can take many forms. It can be a piece of human tissue taken from a healthy or a diseased part of the body, but it can also be a sample of bodily fluid such as blood, urine or saliva. The reason samples are taken is to allow researchers to perform… Read More...
Biobanking basics: tissue donation after death Tissue Donation After Death for Research August 4, 2015- Cadaveric Tissue for Research It is well known that tissue donation from the living is vitally important to research and is normally in the form of small samples from "surplus to diagnostic" material or tumour biopsy. While this process allows many types of research to be undertaken, the research undertaken can be limited and so… Read More...
BBMRI logo BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access now open June 15, 2015- BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access: Transnational Access to Large Prospective Cohorts in Europe The Call is an opportunity for European scientists to access, for free, unique collections of biosamples and data from participating Large Prospective Cohorts (LPS) across Europe. The deadline for this Call for Access is 15 June 2015. For more information on how… Read More...


Data saves lives infographic The national data opt-out July 9, 2018- The national data opt-out In order to make the samples you donate really useful for research, Biobanks need to link them to data about you. Recently there has been changes to the control you have over this data. We talk to Alison Stone and Chris Carrigan from the patient movement use MY data to find… Read More...
HeLa The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks May 10, 2017- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Today, samples donated for medical research are anonymised so that any work performed on them cannot be traced back to the donor. But donation for research has not always worked like this. In 1951, tumour cells from a patient in the USA were grown and sent all over the… Read More...
costs Cost recovery in Biobanking March 8, 2017- Cost recovery in Biobanking When patients donate samples for research they do so with goodwill as a gift to research. So why is there sometimes reference to 'the cost of samples?' We explain more about the use of Cost recovery in Biobanking in our latest blog. How can tissue cost money when it is donated… Read More...
question mark What to expect when donating samples August 14, 2015- It is difficult to generalise what to expect when you donate your tissue to a biobank, as each biobank will operate in a slightly different manner. So this has been intended as a guide describing some of the key points during the various stages of biobanking to give you an idea what is likely to… Read More...
Biobanking basics - Introduction Introduction to biobanking August 4, 2015- What are samples? A sample can take many forms. It can be a piece of human tissue taken from a healthy or a diseased part of the body, but it can also be a sample of bodily fluid such as blood, urine or saliva. The reason samples are taken is to allow researchers to perform… Read More...
Biobanking basics: tissue donation after death Tissue Donation After Death for Research August 4, 2015- Cadaveric Tissue for Research It is well known that tissue donation from the living is vitally important to research and is normally in the form of small samples from "surplus to diagnostic" material or tumour biopsy. While this process allows many types of research to be undertaken, the research undertaken can be limited and so… Read More...


File folder labelled as 'collections' Nov and Dec 2018: aggregating the anonymised sample data December 17, 2018- The development team report on their end of 2018 API updates. Read More...
Illustrator of a dial scale face October 2018: load performance improvements October 31, 2018- October's API development team update include improving the load performance of the API and learning about what the research community want in terms of the Directory. Read More...
Directory – Responding to feedback September 27, 2018-   Responding to your feedback to improving the Directory Multiple resources per account What has changed From your Directory account it is now possible to administer multiple sample resources or networks. Why we made the change  We received feedback that some users managed several resources and therefore to have a separate email and password for… Read More...
September 2018: First testing of bulk upload September 25, 2018- What the Development Team worked on in September During September, following preparing the bulk upload API for the first phase of testing, the team have been working on a number of improvements around handling errors. A lot of work has also been done this month with Researchers and Clinicians in order to understand how the Directory can best support… Read More...
August 2018: First API changes August 18, 2018- What the Development Team worked on in August During August, the team have been really busy working on testing the API to ensure that all the ‘test’ and ‘development’ environments work in exactly the same way through full and automated regression testing. There has also been a lot of work to change over environments following an update… Read More...
July 2018: API changes for vendor testing July 17, 2018-   July 2018 update Over the past couple of months, we have been making some structural changes to our data APIs in preparation for vendor testing. Some of this work is preparatory and will be built upon further, but it will still provide an early version for software vendors to feedback on. In this blog post… Read More...
Commercial Principles November 28, 2017- Principles for organisations integrating with the UKCRC Tissue Directory. This document sets out the core principles that the Centre should adopt when considering any commercial opportunities that may arise from the Directory. These principles shall be used by the legal teams at UCL or Nottingham to draw up an agreement with an organisation wishing to… Read More...
directory UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory May 5, 2017- UK sample resources now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory UKCRC Tissue Directory registered sample resources are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. The UKCRC TDCC represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the UKCRC TDCC's continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: SNOMED-CT What is SNOMED CT and why are we using it? June 10, 2016- Find out more about SNOMED CT and why we use it in the UKCRC Tissue Directory. Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Personas Personas 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… Read More...
Connecting the UK’s Biobanks June 8, 2016- The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre hosted a meeting between the technical teams of the University of Nottingham and leading international suppliers of Biobanking software. Staff from the Advanced Data Analysis Centre and the Information Services department of the University met with Interactive Software, Infonetica, CSols, Open Specimen and Freezer Works to discuss and… Read More...


Emma in Cardiff Biobanking at the University of Cardiff November 19, 2018- UKCRC TDCC staff visited the University of Cardiff to learn about biobanking in Wales through talking to researchers and visiting the new Cardiff University Biobank (CUB) and Wales Cancer Bank. Read More...
Antwerp graffiti Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week September 20, 2018- Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week 2018 The European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) and BBMRI-ERIC jointly held Europe Biobank Week (EBW) this September. Emma Lawrence, UKCRC TDCC Research engagement manager reports back on the week’s events. I attended Europe Biobank Week on behalf of the UKCRC TDCC this month. It was… Read More...
CMpath logo The (CM)-Path to quality Biobanking May 18, 2018- CM-Path hosted a workshop on sample quality in biobanking and promoting best practice Research Engagement Manager, Emma Lawrence reports back on the workshop. Although I had used human samples in research in the past I had never given much thought to what makes a ‘good quality sample’. This week I attended the NCRI CM-Path initiative’s… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2018: date announced March 21, 2018- 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,… Read More...
Picture of Riga Making new treatments possible in Riga March 16, 2018- Riga old town (Creative Comms Licence, David Holt) Making new treatments possible in Riga In March BBMRI-ERIC members from all over Europe met in Riga for a management update. UKCRC TDCC Research Engagement Manger, Emma Lawrence reports back on the meetings events. The meetings are an opportunity for the national nodes to meet and talk… Read More...
winner UK Biobank of the year award 2018 January 30, 2018- UK Biobank of the year award 2018 The UKCRC TDCC is dedicated to supporting and promoting those who provide researchers with fit-for-purpose samples and data in the UK. The UK Biobank of the Year Award recognises the sterling work of human tissue resources in biobanking and seeks to recognise the one that has supported significant… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2017 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… Read More...
Sodermalm Stockholm Representing UK-based biobanking at Global Biobank Week 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.… Read More...
pipetting Human tissue in safety assessment 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. Read More...
Debate Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns May 17, 2017- Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns On 9th May, 2017, the UKCRC TDCC 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… Read More...
UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced! 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… Read More...
Showcase Logo Annual Meeting Registration Now Open! 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,… Read More...
Centre at the UK Biobank Annual meeting 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… Read More...


Job Vacancy: Engagement Manager Research (maternity cover) February 20, 2019- We are recruiting for a maternity cover for our Engagement Manager Research post. The deadline for applications is 11 March. Read on for more information about requirements and how to apply! Read More...
UK Biobanking Showcase UK Biobanking Showcase 2018 December 5, 2018- The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC) held its annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase, on the 27th November. This year, the main themes included sustainability, quality and data management. Read More...
Sue Ring and Phil Quinlan posing with award and certificate The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) wins UK Biobank of the Year 2018 November 28, 2018- The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) have been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2018! Now in its 3rd year, the awards were presented at UK Biobanking Showcase. Read More...
HTA HRA report biobanking Public support for transparency in Biobanking August 1, 2018- Public support for transparency in biobanking The HTA and HRA have released a report, Consent to use human tissue and linked health data in research. This report details results from a series of workshops where the public shared their views on the topic.  Although intended for the HTA and HRA, it provides examples of how to… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2018: date announced March 21, 2018- 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,… Read More...
HDR UK logo £54 million funding to transform health through data science February 7, 2018- £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 (HDR UK) is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK to address challenging healthcare issues through use… Read More...
winner UK Biobank of the year award 2018 January 30, 2018- UK Biobank of the year award 2018 The UKCRC TDCC is dedicated to supporting and promoting those who provide researchers with fit-for-purpose samples and data in the UK. The UK Biobank of the Year Award recognises the sterling work of human tissue resources in biobanking and seeks to recognise the one that has supported significant… Read More...
Thinking heads Finding out what makes researchers tick January 24, 2018- 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 2016 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since… Read More...
Anne and Phil Bloodwise Childhood Leukemia Cell Bank wins Biobank of the year 2017 October 25, 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… Read More...
Showcase logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2017 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… Read More...
Med Dis Cata logo UKCRC TDCC announces collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
scientist logo UKCRC TDCC collaborates with SCIENTIST.com to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally October 18, 2017- UKCRC TDCC collaborates with SCIENTIST.com to ensure quality of human biosample acquisition globally The UKCRC TDCC 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. Philip Quinlan, Director of the UKCRC TDCC said 'The aim is to enable biobanks throughout… Read More...
BC platforms UKCRC TDCC collaborates with BC Platforms to provide a unique research platform to over 150 human sample resources in the UK October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
Centre logo UKCRC TDCC secures future funding October 18, 2017- 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… Read More...
Biobank of the year logo UK Biobank of the Year 2017 September 8, 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… Read More...
ISO Biobank Standards 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… Read More...
BBMRI.uk Services available for new BBMRI.uk network 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… Read More...
codes of practice New HTA codes of practice 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… Read More...
directory UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory May 5, 2017- UK sample resources now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory UKCRC Tissue Directory registered sample resources are now discover-able in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. The UKCRC TDCC represents the UK within Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC). As part of the UKCRC TDCC's continued commitment to prevent duplication of effort, all UKCRC… Read More...
calendar Date of 2017’s Annual Meeting announced! March 20, 2017- 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… Read More...
NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research March 2, 2017- 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… Read More...
Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Accreditation Directory registration now a condition of REC favourable opinion December 1, 2016- 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,… Read More...
data minutes Putting Patients First November 30, 2016- 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… Read More...
Showcase Logo UK Biobanking Showcase 2016 November 18, 2016- 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… Read More...
UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced! 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… Read More...
timebomb The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research October 26, 2016- 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… Read More...
Collaboration in cancer logo Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape October 19, 2016- Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape On 17th October, the UKCRC TDCC 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… Read More...
Nottingham in parliament Nottingham takes Biobanking to Parliament September 26, 2016- 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… Read More...
UKCRC TDCC attends Europe Biobank Week 2016 September 19, 2016- UKCRC TDCC attends Europe Biobank Week 2016The 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… Read More...
Man searching The UKCRC Tissue Directory is now Live! August 10, 2016- 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… Read More...
winner Biobank of the Year Awards 2016 July 14, 2016- 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… Read More...
Showcase Logo Annual Meeting Registration Now Open! 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,… Read More...
Centre at the UK Biobank Annual meeting 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… Read More...
Centre staff receives Public engagement award February 11, 2016- Jessica Sims, Project and Engagement Manager for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, has received University College London's Provost's Award for Public Engager of the Year (Professional Services Staff) for her work in public engagement in biobanking. The award recognised Jessica's recent project developing a biobanking board game to simulate the process of real-life… Read More...
Video Explaining the Tissue Directory January 11, 2016- One of the Centre's main projects is to develop an online Tissue Directory which will hold information about sample collections across the UK. Watch our latest video, below, for more information on what's gone into the development of the Directory. Over the next year we will be holding Directory Roadshows with the relevant local people… Read More...
bbmri logo BBMRI-LPC Third Scientific Call for Access December 16, 2015- A third BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access is now being launched, building on the success of the first call in 2014 and the second call in spring 2015. BBMRI-LPC supports innovative research projects conducted in large prospective cohorts (LPC) across Europe. This Call for Access is an outstanding opportunity for European scientists to gain access… Read More...
Poster prize award for biobanking board game project October 19, 2015- The Centre recently presented a poster at the ESBB 2015 Annual Conference on our latest public engagement activity and were awarded the poster prize for the Education & Standards category. Our ‘Biobanking: the board game: Public engagement through table top game development’ outlined our UCL Beacon Bursary funded project that engaged people, who enjoy playing… Read More...
Coordination of Biobanking in the UK October 19, 2015- On 29 September 2015, the Centre held its first annual biobanking event. Coordination of Biobanking in the UK, marked the UK becoming the 17th Member State to join BBMRI-ERIC, and was organised alongside ESBB's 2015 Annual Conference to further connect to global developments in biobanking. Below you can find the presentations for view and download:… Read More...
BBMRI logo BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access now open June 15, 2015- BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access: Transnational Access to Large Prospective Cohorts in Europe The Call is an opportunity for European scientists to access, for free, unique collections of biosamples and data from participating Large Prospective Cohorts (LPS) across Europe. The deadline for this Call for Access is 15 June 2015. For more information on how… Read More...


Emma in Cardiff Biobanking at the University of Cardiff November 19, 2018- UKCRC TDCC staff visited the University of Cardiff to learn about biobanking in Wales through talking to researchers and visiting the new Cardiff University Biobank (CUB) and Wales Cancer Bank. Read More...
Spotlight On – Phil Quinlan November 13, 2018- In our latest blog post we meet our Director, Phil Quinlan, to find out more about his role and future work at the UKCRC TDCC. Read More...
Erik S Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder September 21, 2018- Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder Erik Steinfelder is Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. Erik has completed a Bsc in Analytical Chemistry and a course in Foundations of Management. In 2008, he joined Thermo Fisher Scientific and as first Biobank Commercial Leader EMEA, he went on to head the complete biobank portfolio and range of activities. Additionally, between… Read More...
Sharon King Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King August 15, 2018- Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King Dr Sharon King is Manager of the Tayside Biorepository in Dundee. The Tayside Biorepository is part of a wider Scottish Biorepository Network supported by the Chief Scientist Office. Sharon has worked within a variety of translational based projects using human tissues, including PLK1 repression in breast cancer where she was awarded the… Read More...
Prof Andrew Morris Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris August 2, 2018- Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris Professor Andrew Morris is the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee and Chief… Read More...
Spotlight On – Matt Styles April 12, 2018- Spotlight on: Matt Styles In our latest blog post we meet software developer, Matt Styles, to find out more about his role and future work at the UKCRC TDCC. What is your role within the UKCRC TDCC and what does it involve? My job title is formally ‘Senior Research Developer’, though I’ll admit to not… Read More...
Spotlight on: Emma Lawrence January 25, 2018- Spotlight on: Emma Lawrence In our latest blog post we meet Engagement Manager, Research, Dr Emma Lawrence to find out more about her role and future work at the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC). What is your role and what does it involve? My job title is Engagement Manager for Research. It’s… Read More...
Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta 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… Read More...
Ethical Tissue Logo Spotlight on: Ethical Tissue 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.… Read More...
Ana's photo Spotlight on: Ana Rio-Machin 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… Read More...


HTA HRA report biobanking Public support for transparency in Biobanking August 1, 2018- Public support for transparency in biobanking The HTA and HRA have released a report, Consent to use human tissue and linked health data in research. This report details results from a series of workshops where the public shared their views on the topic.  Although intended for the HTA and HRA, it provides examples of how to… Read More...
Yarning to Consent: engaging in biobanking stories via knitting March 1, 2018-   Yarning to Consent: engaging in biobanking stories via knitting An introduction to biobanking What does knitting have to do with Biobanking? I wouldn’t be offended if someone didn’t see a connection between knitting and biobanking. But, sometimes we need unlikely pairings to entice people to think about a new subject. I met a woman… Read More...
Debate Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns May 17, 2017- Patient data and tissue samples – benefits, barriers and concerns On 9th May, 2017, the UKCRC TDCC 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… Read More...
HeLa The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks May 10, 2017- The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Today, samples donated for medical research are anonymised so that any work performed on them cannot be traced back to the donor. But donation for research has not always worked like this. In 1951, tumour cells from a patient in the USA were grown and sent all over the… Read More...
Centre staff receives Public engagement award February 11, 2016- Jessica Sims, Project and Engagement Manager for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, has received University College London's Provost's Award for Public Engager of the Year (Professional Services Staff) for her work in public engagement in biobanking. The award recognised Jessica's recent project developing a biobanking board game to simulate the process of real-life… Read More...
Poster prize award for biobanking board game project October 19, 2015- The Centre recently presented a poster at the ESBB 2015 Annual Conference on our latest public engagement activity and were awarded the poster prize for the Education & Standards category. Our ‘Biobanking: the board game: Public engagement through table top game development’ outlined our UCL Beacon Bursary funded project that engaged people, who enjoy playing… Read More...


Cutaneous SCC (H&E stain) Collaborators needed for new Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative January 24, 2018- Collaborators needed for new Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative Thanks to the registration of skin cancer pathology reports, the biggest database on skin cancer in the world now exists through Public Health England (PHE) with input from the devolved nations. In order to build on this resource a new UK Keratinocyte Cancer Collaborative (UKKCC) is being established… Read More...
question mark Sustainability Survey July 20, 2017- This guest post by biobank researchers Daniel Simeon-Dubach; Kirstin Goldring and Marianne K Henderson introduces a current biobank sustainability survey. Read More...
Business plan Biobanks and Business planning 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. Read More...
Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy 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… Read More...
Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta 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… Read More...
Ana's photo Spotlight on: Ana Rio-Machin 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… Read More...


Sustainability word cloud Environmental Sustainability in Biobanking January 18, 2019- In this post we hear from Martin Farley, Sustainable Laboratory Advisor at UCL to find out more about environmental sustainability in the lab. Read More...
support Biobank support and resources for those working with human tissue March 19, 2018- Biobank support and resources for those working with human tissue Biobanking and research involving human tissue and data are governed by specific regulations and are guided by existing best practice. We've made a list of key organisations that provide biobank support and resources for research involving human data and tissue. MRC Regulatory Support Centre The… Read More...
tubes BBMRI-ERIC quality management programme November 15, 2017- In this blog post we find out more about BBMRI-ERIC's work on quality management service and how you can get involved. Read More...
ISO Biobank Standards 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… Read More...
BBMRI.uk Services available for new BBMRI.uk network 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… Read More...
codes of practice New HTA codes of practice 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… Read More...
Business plan Biobanks and Business planning 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. Read More...
YES HRA publishes new proportionate consent guidance 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. Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Accreditation Accreditation 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Access Template Access Template 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… Read More...
Biobanking expertise: Personas Personas 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… Read More...