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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[…]

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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[…]


Meet the Speaker: Peter McIntyre

Peter McIntyre has been a journalist since 1970, covering finance, industry, crime, and social issues before finding his home as a health correspondent. He now writes for Cancer World the journal published by the European School of Oncology, focusing on the patient view of treatment, care and quality of life. He works with European journalists to improve their coverage of cancer issues and has trained cancer specialists to work more effectively with the media. Peter also specialises in development issues and has written for UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and more recently about the innovative BRAC water and sanitation programme in Bangladesh.



Meet the Speaker: Dr Penny Wilson

Penny is Precision Medicine Lead at Innovate UK and will be presenting in the Research perspectives session.

As part of Innovate UK’s Health & Life Sciences Sector, Penny oversees the organisation’s precision medicine activities and played an integral part in establishing the Precision Medicine Catapult. Penny also led the organisation’s infectious disease programme, which aimed to reduce the morbidity, mortality and economic burden due to infectious diseases in humans and animals.



Meet the speaker: Matt McLoughlin

Matt McLoughlin is the Senior Director for Compliance at and will be giving a short talk on “Providing standardised access to Human Biological Samples”

Matt’s responsibilities include Human Biological Sample (HBS) compliance, where he works with suppliers and pharmaceutical companies. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years. For 15 years he worked within AstraZeneca (AZ), spending 12 years as a senior scientist working in R&D Genetics and Personalised Healthcare & Biomarkers before moving to Procurement to become the Global Category Manager for HBS. Within this role he implemented a new category strategy that transformed the compliance, visibility, traceability and accessibility to HBS for scientists across all the AZ geographic locations. Matt now looks to bring that experience and expertise to the wider industry. […]

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, DBE

The Centre is proud to announce that Professor Dame Jessica Corner, DBE, will be opening our UK Biobanking Showcase event!

Professor Dame Jessica Corner is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham. She was previously executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and Director of NIHR CLARHC Wessex. She has held academic positions at King’s College, London, and was Director of the Centre of Cancer and Palliative Care Studies at the Institute of Cancer Research, London for 12 years and was the first nurse to be appointed to a Chair at the Institute. She conducted the first clinical trials of non-pharmacological management of the symptom of breathlessness in lung cancer and nurse-led care in lung cancer, as well as important studies of the pathway to diagnosis in lung cancer. Findings from these studies have been used in NICE guidelines. […]

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Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre’s Annual meeting will be held at The Oval, London on the 16th November. UK Biobanking Showcase will be a chance to celebrate Biobanking in the UK. On the day, we’ll showcase the range of exciting biobanking capabilities in the UK. There’ll be debates, discussion panels, workshops and lots[…]