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First class Biobank for the Biomedical Research Centre

A new Biobank has been set up as part of the Biomedical Research Centre to store samples of human tissue, blood and body fluids from consenting patients at the Trust, along with their anonymised clinical data.

The Biobank has been established to supply samples for ethical biomedical research within universities, NHS Trusts and private industry. The Biobank is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority, has approval from the National Research Ethics Service to operate as a Research Tissue Bank and is housed in a secure dedicated facility at CMFT.

Biomedical research plays a vital role in understanding the origin of human diseases. The underlying processes involved in disease can be found by studying changes at the molecular and cellular level in human biomaterials. This in turn increases the likelihood of effective new medicines being developed. High-quality samples for the Biobank are supplied by a network of clinicians, surgeons and pathologists. All patient donations are given with informed consent and all areas of operation are governed by strict standard operating procedures.

An official opening of the Biobank will take place over the coming months and a seminar to launch the Biobank to private industry will be held on 4th February 2010. For more information or if you have any queries please contact the Biobank Manager, Dr Jay Brown on 0161 9011890 or email Jay.Brown@cmft.nhs.uk.