About the Centre

Human Biomaterials Resource CentreHuman biomaterials are collected and banked in response to local demand and/or research strategies to facilitate existing research, and enable future research areas to be developed; including the support of new technologies.

What can we offer?

  • bespoke tissue collection and processing for specific research projects
  • access to material from patients in a variety of disease settings; tissue which is surplus to diagnosis, waste material, additional samples taken for research purposes, and material taken from patients enrolled in clinical trials
  • ensure all material is consented, collected and stored according to HTA Codes of Practice
  • provide formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue, frozen tissue, blood/blood derivatives, DNA/RNA, urine and other bodily fluids, primary cells and some isolated cell preparations
  • provide tissue samples which are quality assured by histopathologists
  • annotate samples with the appropriate demographic and clinical data
  • basic histopathological services for researchers e.g. fixation, paraffin embedding and sectioning, along with other techniques such as immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridisation, nucleic acid preparation and PCR
  • operate a simple application review process for access to samples and associated data.

The HBRC is ethically approved, so investigators who wish to access material generally do not need to apply for separate project-specific approval.