Biobanking Basics

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The national data opt-out

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


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

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What to expect when donating samples

It is difficult to generalise what to expect when you donate your tissue to a biobank, as each biobank will operate in a slightly different manner. So this has been intended as a guide describing some of the key points during the various stages of biobanking to give you an idea what is likely to happen. When will I be approached? A biobank may contact you at anytime but the… Read More »What to expect when donating samples

Biobanking basics - Introduction

Introduction to biobanking

What are samples? A sample can take many forms. It can be a piece of human tissue taken from a healthy or a diseased part of the body, but it can also be a sample of bodily fluid such as blood, urine or saliva. The reason samples are taken is to allow researchers to perform tests on ‘real’ material to gain greater understanding of what is happening in the patient.… Read More »Introduction to biobanking

Biobanking basics: tissue donation after death

Tissue Donation After Death for Research

Cadaveric Tissue for Research It is well known that tissue donation from the living is vitally important to research and is normally in the form of small samples from “surplus to diagnostic” material or tumour biopsy. While this process allows many types of research to be undertaken, the research undertaken can be limited and so it is also necessary to conduct research on tissue donated from people after their death.… Read More »Tissue Donation After Death for Research