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NCRI Cancer Biosample Directory

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This directory provides a route for cancer researchers to find the samples they need for their research. The aim is for the majority of cancer biosample collections in the UK to be included in the directory.

The directory can be searched for cancer biosamples held in both biobank and clinical trial collections in the UK. Information is included about how access may be possible and how to contact custodians.

Collections are listed below and may be filtered based on name or tissue type. An advanced search is also available.

Biobanks

Name ▲ Access status
Arden Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Other
Open to applicants
Breakthrough Generations Study
Tissue types: Breast
Open only through collaboration
Breast Cancer
Tissue types: Breast
Open to applicants
Breast cancer AC DNA collection
Tissue types: Breast
Other
Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Breast
Open to applicants
Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Access restricted at present
CamUro-Onc Biorepository
Tissue types: Genitourinary
Open only through collaboration
Central England Haemato-Oncology and Oncology Research Biobank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Childhood Leukaemia
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Brain, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Eye, Genitourinary, Germ Cell, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Musculoskeletal
Open to applicants
Colorectal Cancer
Tissue types: Other
Open to applicants
Exeter Operative Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary
Other
Faculty of Medicine Tissue Bank University of Southampton
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Head & Neck, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia), Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Skin
Open to applicants
Fanconi Anaemia
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Guy's & St Thomas' Research Tissue & Data Bank
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Head & Neck, Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Open to applicants
Haematological Malignancies Bank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open only through collaboration
Human Tissue Research Bank
Tissue types: Brain, Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Germ Cell, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Musculoskeletal, Skin
Open to applicants
Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Brain, Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Musculoskeletal, Skin
Open to applicants
KCL Haemato-Oncology Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Leeds Multidisciplinary Research Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Brain, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Other
Open only through collaboration
Leeds University GIFT Research Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Bone, Brain, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Eye, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Musculoskeletal, Skin
Open to applicants
Liverpool Tissue Bank
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Eye, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Musculoskeletal
Open to applicants
LLR Childhood Leukaemia Cell Bank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Other
Manchester BRC Biobank
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck
Open to applicants
Manchester Cancer Research Centre Biobank
Tissue types: Brain, Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia), Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Skin
Open to applicants
MesobanK
Tissue types: Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Other
Newcastle Gateshead Ovarian Collection
Tissue types: Gynaecologic
Open only through collaboration
Newcastle Haematology Biobank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB)
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic
Open to applicants
Nottingham Health Science Biobank NHSB
Tissue types: Brain, Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Head & Neck, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic, Musculoskeletal, Other
Open to applicants
RAPPER
Tissue types:
Open only through collaboration
Royal Free and UCL BioBank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open only through collaboration
St John's Institute of Dermatology Research Tissue Bank
Tissue types:
Open in response to specific calls
SUN Study
Tissue types: Genitourinary
Open only through collaboration
Tayside Tissue Bank (TTB)
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Skin
Open to applicants
The Causes of Clonal Blood Cell Disorders
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open only through collaboration
UCL IoN Brain Tumour Bank
Tissue types: Brain
Open only through collaboration
UK Prostate Cancer Sample Collection Database
Tissue types: Genitourinary
Open only through collaboration
University of Leicester Cancer Research Biobank
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma), Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia), Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Open in response to specific calls
Wales Cancer Bank
Tissue types: Breast, Digestive / Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynaecologic, Head & Neck, Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Open to applicants

Clinical trials

Name ▲ Access status
ABC
Tissue types: Breast
Open to applicants
ABC-03 Sample Collection
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Closed to access
A-PREDICT sample collection
Tissue types: Genitourinary
Access restricted at present
CASPS
Tissue types: Musculoskeletal
Access restricted at present
EnROL Trial Samples
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Access restricted at present
EPHOS-B Trial
Tissue types:
Closed to access
ESPAC
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Open to applicants
FOLFERA translational sub-study
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Other
HOPON blood samples
Tissue types: Head & Neck
Access restricted at present
HYMN-T
Tissue types:
Access restricted at present
IRIS
Tissue types: Breast
Access restricted at present
Liverpool ECMC TeloVac Biobank
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Access restricted at present
MDSBio
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
Newcastle Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology Trials
Tissue types:
Open only through collaboration
NICAM Study
Tissue types: Skin
Closed to access
PACIFICO
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Lymphoma)
Access restricted at present
PanGen
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Open only through collaboration
POETIC trial
Tissue types: Breast
Closed to access
PT1
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open only through collaboration
REACT - Pathology Sub-Study
Tissue types: Breast
Closed to access
RE-AKT
Tissue types:
Closed to access
reSEARCH -the LungSEARCH Trial Sample Collection
Tissue types: Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Closed to access
SCALOP Translational Sub-Study
Tissue types: Digestive / Gastrointestinal
Open to applicants
TACT
Tissue types: Breast
Open to applicants
T-FRAG
Tissue types: Lung / Respiratory / Thoracic
Open to applicants
TNT
Tissue types: Breast
Access restricted at present
TOPARP
Tissue types: Genitourinary
Closed to access
TRANS-ITEM
Tissue types: Eye
Access restricted at present
TRANS-SUAVE
Tissue types: Eye
Access restricted at present
Trans-TACT2
Tissue types: Breast
Closed to access
UK CLL Trials Biobank
Tissue types: Haematologic/Blood (Leukemia)
Open to applicants
UK FOCSS Samples Collection (serum, plasma, DNA)
Tissue types: Gynaecologic
Open only through collaboration
VORTEX-BIOBANK
Tissue types: Musculoskeletal
Access restricted at present