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Open Access Biobanks at UCL

18th April

Institute of Child Health

Kennedy Lecture Theatre


The Open Access Biobanks@UCL event took place on 18 April and providing information about the biobank resources available at UCL. The day, which was hosted by the UCL Reproduction and Development Domain, marked the launch of the new UCL BioResource.

There are a range of biobanks at UCL providing services and access to a range of sample types, this event provided more information about biobanking, what is available and some of the work being done using human tissue.

The UCL BioResource is one of 7 centres which will form part of the NIHR National BioResource. The UCL BioRescource will have access to samples and data from 10,000 of the unique population of volunteers and patients, from UCL and partner hospitals, who have consented to be recalled for further studies according to genotype and phenotype. This will provide a powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms, and characterising the benefits and limitations of emerging therapies

View Larger Map Programme:

9:15 Registration
Prof Adrienne Flanagan
UCL Human Tissue Authority License Holder
9:45 Dr Kirstin Goldring
Introduction to Biobanking
Prof Nick Wood
Launch of UCL Bioresource
Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero
Baby Biobank
Coffee Break
Dr Christina Thirwell
RFL Biobank user NeuroEndocrine Tumour Bank
Dr Eliana Lacerda
RFL Biobank user ME/CFS Biobank
12:30 Lunch
Sponsors Talk
14:00 Prof Gudrun Moore
Reproduction and Development Domain
Dr Amir Gander
Tissue Access for Patient Benefit

Patient Perspective 

Megan Hill

Helen Eccles

Mars Bai/ Dr Chris Williams
Role of UCL Business
15:20 Institute of Neurology and Queen Square Resources:
  Queen Square Brain Bank
  MRC muscle Biobank, ION
  Brain Tumour tissue resource, ION
  Epilepsy Tissue Bank, ION
16:00 Prof Graham Hart UCL Population Health Sciences Closing Comments
16:15 Drinks reception


UCL/RF Biobank Launch Event - 2nd February 2011

The UCL/RFH Biobank at the Royal Free Hampstead launch day was held on Wednesday 2nd February 2011. The event took place in the Atrium, Ground Floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG. The day started at 9.30am and included a programme based around biobanking initiatives and strategy at UCLP as well as externally. The day culminated with the official opening of the Royal Free Biobank around 5pm including a video tour of the new facility, available below. The programme below also gives further information on the day with links to the presentations.


09:30 Registration and coffee

Royal Free Biobank and Cancer Biobanking – Chair Professor Deenan Pillay

10:00 Deenan Pillay - Biobanking as a key component of UCLP research strategy

10:15 Mark Lowdell – Present opportunities at UCL and UCLP for biobanking – thoughts on a comprehensive strategy

10:30 Chris McNamara – North Central London & West Essex Cancer Network

11:00 Christina Thirwell – Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)

11:30 Gerry Thomas - Dept of Surgery and Cancer Imperial College/Wales Cancer Bank

12:00 Adrienne Flanagan – Cancer Institute and Pathology Biobank

12:30 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Martin Birchall – Banking tissues & cells for therapeutic regenerative medicine

Clinical Trials and Biobanking – Dr Mark Lowdell

14:00 John Tooke - Introduction

14:15 Usha Menon – The UKCTOCS resource at UCL

14:40 Julie Barnes – ABCODIA and the commercial/academic use of the UKCTOCS resource

15:10 Jane Kinghorn – The role of UCLP BioBanks in Biomarker discovery

15:40 Dianne Gerrelli - Human Developmental Biology Resource (HDBR)

16:10 Anna David - Banking amniotic stem cells for therapeutic use

16:35 Mark Lowdell – The role of the UCLP BioBank-RFH in clinical trials

16:50 Malcolm Grant / David Sloman - Official Opening and Video Tour of Biobank

17:00 Drinks reception

If you attended the day and have not yet completed the feedback questionnaire, please let us know you thoughts about the event at  https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=13041

Any questions about the day, please contact Kirstin Goldring, k.goldring@ucl.ac.uk

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