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UK Biobank of the Year 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 has supported significant research output. Last year, the nominees reflected a range of human tissue… Read More »UK Biobank of the Year 2017

ISO Biobank Standards

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 involved? Gareth Bicknell, HBRC Operations Manager at the University of Birmingham explains more here. What… Read More »ISO Biobank Standards

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Sustainability Survey

This guest post by biobank researchers Daniel Simeon-Dubach; Kirstin Goldring and Marianne K Henderson introduces a current biobank sustainability survey.

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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

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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