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Date of 2017’s Annual Meeting announced!

By Emma Lawrence | Mar 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[…]

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NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research

By Emma Lawrence | Mar 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[…]

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Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy

By Emma Lawrence | Jan 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[…]

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Directory registration now a condition of REC favourable opinion

By Emma Lawrence | Dec 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,[…]

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Putting Patients First

By Emma Lawrence | Nov 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[…]

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UK Biobanking Showcase 2016

By Emma Lawrence | Nov 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[…]

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UK Biobank of the year 2016 – shortlist announced!

By Emma Lawrence | Nov 7, 2016

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

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The UK Biobanking Timebomb: Maintaining Public Trust in Medical Research

By Emma Lawrence | Oct 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[…]

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Working together: Collaboration in the cancer biobanking landscape

By Emma Lawrence | Oct 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[…]

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