Institute Establishes UCL Eastman Biobank
23 November 2012
UCL Eastman Dental Institute and UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital are proud to announce the establishment of the UCL Eastman Biobank, a valuable resource to assist the investigation of oral health, human disease and the normal functioning of the human body.
The UCL Eastman Biobank will provide tissue for ethically approved research projects, primarily to be conducted by scientists at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. It will comprise human material donated by patients of the Eastman Dental Hospital, including saliva, plaque, teeth, and other normal and diseased tissue.
Dr Paul Ashley explains the Biobank's significance: "The Biobank will streamline the ethical approval process and help ensure a reliable supply of tissue for the Institute's research scientists. This will facilitate research into oral and systemic disease and help us to open up new avenues of investigation."
With patient consent, the Biobank will store excess tissue left over after treatment, as well as donated plaque and saliva specimens. Patients will be under no obligation to take part, but if they do, their tissue could assist with research adding to our collective understanding of dental disease and the human body, and potentially aiding the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment.