Access to tissue samples is crucial in advancing many types of COVID-19 research. How are biobanks able to support this need amidst closures and competing priorities?
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (TDCC) is coordinating biobanking efforts to support research into COVID-19; developing a process to ensure that active biobanks receive requests which are relevant for their collections and capabilities.
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre has launched a set of Transparency Principles. The Principles outline how transparency can be sustained throughout the research life cycle, ensuring biobanks and donors know who is using their samples.
The German Biobank Node (GBN), which is part of BBMRI-ERIC, asked more than 330 “potential biobank users” at university hospitals about their attitudes towards collaborating with biobanks. Here, Dr. Cornelia Specht, managing director of the GBN, tells us about the survey results and conclusions.
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.
The national data opt-out In order to make the samples you donate really useful for research, Biobanks need to link them to data about you. Recently there has been changes to the control you have over this data. We talk to Alison Stone and Chris Carrigan from the patient movement use MY data to find out more about the national data opt-out… What is the national data opt-out? The national… Read More »The national data opt-out
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Today, samples donated for medical research are anonymised so that any work performed on them cannot be traced back to the donor. But donation for research has not always worked like this. In 1951, tumour cells from a patient in the USA were grown and sent all over the world, later to be traced back to her and her family. We discuss the implications… Read More »The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks