Emma Lawrence

codes of practice

New HTA 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 important resources which help researchers and establishments comply with our… Read More »New HTA codes of practice

UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory

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 Tissue Directory registered sample resources will be automatically registered in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory. The step… Read More »UK Biobanks now in the BBMRI-ERIC Directory

costs

Cost recovery in Biobanking

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 for free? The process of getting access to a hospital, surgeon, pathologist, clinical data and… Read More »Cost recovery in Biobanking

NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research

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 focus on more than studying single cells.… Read More »NC3Rs Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research

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 access policies need to govern the conditions under which samples can be used for external… Read More »Only a minority of biobanks have a publicly available access policy

Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta

Spotlight on: 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 sequencing RNA (part of the genetic code of cells) from human liver and immune cells… Read More »Spotlight on: Gautam Mehta