September 25, 2019, by Aleisha Turner
UK Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre
Improving access to biobank data
Human tissue samples are collected 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 samples. Furthermore, the collection of new samples is facilitated 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 is leading the continuous development and delivery of the Tissue Directory in cooperation with UCL.