UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre
Human tissue samples are collected by various researchers and biobanks across the UK, yet, the ability for researchers to undertake the necessary research into human conditions is still hampered by the inability to find suitable samples.
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre was set up to support the work of biobanks by improving access to and maximising the use of existing and new human tissues sample collections through harmonisation and engagement.
The Tissue Directory is the UK's only register of sample collections that covers multiple diseases and allows searching based on age, gender, disease classification, sample type and available datasets.
The Digital Research Service is leading the continuous development and delivery of the Tissue Directory in cooperation with UCL.
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre also acts as the UK's national node for the Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) which aims to establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC consists of 19 Member States and one International Organisation, making it one of the largest research infrastructures in Europe and is set up as a distributed research infrastructure.