HSC R&D Division contributes funding to the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre which has been set up to support the work of biobanks by improving access to their human tissue samples for research purposes.
The key areas of work are:
- Informatics: making tissue and data collections easier to find and access through a freely accessible online Tissue Directory;
- Harmonisation and Quality: developing standards and consensus on the collection and storage of tissues and data across academia, the NHS and industry so they can be more widely used across projects;
- Stakeholder Engagement: working with people and organisations to promote best practice in sample collection, governance and public engagement; and
- International: connecting the UK with European and other international biobanking initiatives such as BBMRI-ERIC to further increase access to samples and ensure UK systems are compatible with those abroad.