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Royal Papworth Hospital has its own research tissue bank which supplies human material and routine clinical data to Trust investigators, the wider NHS, academic and industry collaborators.
Royal Papworth Hospital research tissue bank was established in 1997 and has its own team of specialist tissue bank technicians. It is housed within the Pathology department at Royal Papworth Hospital and works closely with specialist pathologists and clinical biomedical scientists to provide high quality material and processing.
Our objectives are:
1. To provide an efficient and well co-ordinated process for the collection and storage of human biological materials for use in research.
2. To improve the availability of tissue and blood products, thereby increasing cardiothoracic research capacity.
3. To support high quality research that ultimately leads to improved patient care.
The tissue bank is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (https://www.hta.gov.uk/) and also has external Research Ethics Committee approval from the National Research Ethics Service (http://www.hra.nhs.uk/about-the-hra/our-committees/nres).
The Tissue Bank Operational Group reviews and approves requests to access the Bank’s services, whilst its governance and financial management is overseen by Research & Development. To request tissue for research purposes or for further information please email us.
The Tissue Bank can supply an extensive range of fresh, frozen and formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue collected from cardiothoracic procedures. Find out more about our services here.
Information for researchers wishing to request to obtain relevant material and routine clinical data or to bank samples.
You can be assured that any samples you donate to our tissue bank for research will be stored anonymously and no information which could identify you will leave the Trust when your material is sent to a researcher