UCL Eastman Biobank

A researcher examines a slide through a microscope

The UCL Eastman Biobank has been set up in order to make it easier to use redundant tissue for research and support Human Tissue Act standards for storage and disposal of relevant tissues and body fluids. Our hope is that this resource will ultimately lead to a better understanding of oral disease and the development of more effective therapies.

What is the UCL Eastman Biobank?

The Biobank is a collection of human material including saliva, plaque, teeth and other normal and diseased tissue from patients attending the Eastman Dental Hospital. Samples from the Biobank are used in ethically approved research.

Why have we setup the Biobank?

The purpose of the Biobank is to have tissue available, now and in the future, for research projects investigating oral and human disease and the normal functioning of the human body. The Biobank will primarily be for the use of scientists conducting research at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, however potentially it could be used by other scientists working within or outside the UK, in the public or the private sector.

Only projects that fall under the described remit of the Biobank will be approved. Research will add to our overall understanding of human dental disease and the normal functioning of the mouth and human body. It may help us to design new ways to diagnose and treat dental disease.

What is involved for patients who take part?

Patients don’t have to take part and this will not affect their treatment in any way. If they do decide to take part they will be asked to sign a consent form. We will then be able to store excess tissue left over after treatment that is not otherwise needed. We may also ask to collect saliva or plaque specimens. There are no advantages (or disadvantages) to participating but it may help others in the future. Donated tissue is considered to be a 'gift' to the Biobank.

Who is organising and funding the Biobank for studying health and disease?

The Biobank is overseen by the Research & Development Unit of UCL and UCLH. The cost of operating the Biobank will be funded by UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

The UCL Eastman Biobank has been given a favourable ethics opinion for conduct in the NHS by the NRES Committee Yorkshire and the Humber - Leeds East.

How can I find out more?

Download the UCL Eastman Biobank Management Protocol.  This document contains detailed information on how the Biobank will be run.  It defines a management, operational, and ethical framework for the UCL Eastman Biobank and the scope and content of potential future research using the Biobank.

You can also e-mail eastmanbiobank@ucl.ac.uk with any questions.

Approved projects

This page will be updated as research projects using the Biobank are approved.