The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre facilitates the discovery and use of human samples and data to enable biomedical research. We do this by:

Supporting Research
Making tissue and data collection easier to find and access through a freely accessible online UKCRC Tissue Directory

Improving Systems
Developing standards and consensus on the collection and storage of tissues and data across academia, the NHS and industry so they can be more widely used across projects.

Improving Policy
Working with people and organisations to promote best practice in sample collection, governance and public engagement

Engaging Beyond the UK
Connecting the UK with European and other international biobanking initiatives such as BBMRI-ERIC, by being the UK National Node (

Biobanks in the Midlands region are as follows:

  • Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Tissue Bank

  • University of Leicester Cancer Research Biobank

  • Leicester Cardiovascular Bioresource

  • PTCL Biobank

  • Leicester Institute for Lung Health Research Tissue Bank

  • EXCEED study

  • Nottingham Health Science Biobank

  • NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases Collection

  • BioDock

  • Human Biomaterials Resource Centre

  • Arden Tissue Bank

  • POUT-T

  • Nostra feasibility trial

  • Tommy's National Reproductive Health Biobank

  • Central England Haemato-oncology and oncology Research Biobank (CEHRB)

For more information on these biobanks and more from across the UK, please visit: