Contact

Sarah Mueller
Tissue Bank Operations Manager

+44 20 7882 8815

Barts Cancer Institute Tissue Banks

The CRUK Barts Centre systematically collects primary and metastatic tissue samples from an array of cancer types with the aim to provide high quality, clinically and pathologically well-characterised cancer tissue to the cancer research community. The Barts Cancer Institute hosts four local Tissue Banks: Barts Gynae Tissue Bank, The Haemato-Oncology Study Tissue Bank, The Cancer Tissue Bank and Barts Pancreas Tissue Bank. These supply relevant material to internal and external academics, and to carefully selected commercial collaborations.


The CRUK Barts Centre also currently hosts three national Tissue Banks (Orchid Charity Tissue Bank, Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank).

Barts Gynae Tissue Bank

The Barts Gynae Tissue Bank (BGTB) collects, stores and shares tissue samples for translational research into gynaecological cancers. The tissues the BGTB collects are primarily surplus to diagnostic and therapeutic requirements, with consent from patients with suspected gynaecological conditions, as well as normal samples from patients in remission.

Well annotated and pseudonymised healthcare data about participants who have consented to BGTB are available to facilitate analysis of the research depending on the clinical, pathological and molecular features of the diseases.

The BGTB provides quality samples and/or clinical data to local, national and international researchers (dependent on approval from the BGTB Management Committee) to investigate the causes of gynaecological cancers, improve early diagnosis and preventive strategies as well as develop more effective treatments.

We welcome all offers of tissue donation from patients. A representative should be available before operations and procedures undertaken at Royal London Hospital. Interested patients can also contact bcitissuebank@qmul.ac.uk directly.

Haemato-Oncology Study Tissue Bank

The Haemato-Oncology Study Tissue Bank (HOTB) aims to identify cellular and molecular changes in tissue from patients with haematological malignancies and correlate those findings with the clinical outcome of the patients, with a view to discovering targets for therapy. HOTB collects biopsies and blood with consent from patients with known or suspected haematological malignancies. Tissue is collected during their clinical management at diagnosis and at varying stages in the course of their illness. Blood is also collected from healthy volunteers.

Well annotated and pseudonymised healthcare data about participants who have consented to HOTB is available to facilitate analysis of the tissue depending on the clinical, pathological, and molecular features of the diseases.

HOTB provides quality tissue with associated clinical data to researchers within the Centres for Haemato-Oncology and Centre for Cancer Genomics and Computational Biology in order to identify molecular biological processes involved in the pathogenesis of haematological malignancies with a view to discovering targets for therapy.

We welcome all offers of tissue donation from patients. A representative should be available before operations and procedures undertaken at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Interested patients can also contact bcitissuebank@qmul.ac.uk directly.

Cancer Tissue Bank

The Cancer Tissue Bank is a dedicated research collaboration between scientists, clinicians and patients aiming to collect, store and provide high quality tissue from all cancer types to researchers at the Barts Cancer Institute and other external institutions nationally and internationally.

ORCHID Male Cancer Tissue Bank

If you have genitourinary cancer (prostate, testis, penile, kidney or bladder) and wish to donate you can telephone 02078823551 or 0207882 3739 or visit https://orchid-cancer.org.uk/research/orchid-research-grants-2016/the-orchid-research-tissue-bank/ for more information.

Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

Please visit https://www.breastcancertissuebank.org/ for more information.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank

Please visit https://www.thepancreastissuebank.org/ for more information.

 

If you are interested in donating to our banks and if you would like to know how tissue samples are used in research please get in touch under bcitissuebank@qmul.ac.uk.

All Tissue Banks hosted at Barts Cancer Institute aim to provide high-quality, clinically well-annotated tissue to qualified researchers in academia and commercial partners to accelerate cancer research in a standardised and ethical fashion.

All access request will be reviewed for scientific merit and feasibility by the Management Committee of each Tissue Bank.

Please direct enquiries for Barts Gynae Tissue Bank, Haemato-Oncology Study Tissue Bank and the Cancer Tissue Bank to the Tissue Bank Operations Manager.

Please direct enquiries for the ORCHID Charity Tissue Bank, Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank via their websites.

All requests (internal and external) are subject to cost recovery which aims to recover costs generated through biobanking activities and will not result in any profit to any of the Tissue Banks.

Please direct enquiries for Barts Gynae Tissue Bank, Haemato-Oncology Study Tissue Bank and the Cancer Tissue Bank to the Tissue Bank Operations Manager.

Please direct enquiries for the ORCHID Charity Tissue Bank, Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank via their websites.