In this post we hear from John Meredith, Head of Education and Outreach at Understanding Animal Research to find out more about human samples and animal research.
In our latest blog post we meet our Engagement Manager, Collaborations Jessica Sims, to find out more about her role and future work at the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (TDCC).
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.
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.
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 their needs. We have run two sessions – a focus group on understanding the barriers… Read More »September 2018: First testing of bulk upload
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 to tenancies. A number of development changes have still been made alongside the provision of new support… Read More »August 2018: First API changes
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 strengthen public support for biobanking and research participation. Consistent message about consent Five years ago,… Read More »Public support for transparency in Biobanking
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 in the summer who told me when she had some tissue removed during a procedure. We… Read More »Yarning to Consent: engaging in biobanking stories via knitting