The Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank (ICHTB) infrastructure enables researchers from Imperial to collect, store and use human tissue samples under a single Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licence and Ethics approval. Tissue samples, such as blood and tumour samples, are collected from patients and used to answer research questions, approved by the Tissue Banks’ Application Review Panel.
They provide Research Ethics Committee approved consent forms and access to a tracking database which ensures HTA compliance
The iCARE Team works with the Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank, to provide additional medical data for the patients that have consented to give tissue samples to the ICHTB. This medical data is collected for these patients in the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s Electronic Healthcare Record. This allows the Tissue Bank to gain a much broader understanding of the medical history for these patients. It also allows researchers to conduct more in-depth research, as they can select the patient cohorts for their research based on patient phenotype (someone’s observable physical features e.g. hair colour) and genotype (an individual’s collection of genes).
Professor Iain McNeishProfessor of Oncology and Head of Division of Cancer - Co-Theme Lead
Dr Leonie PowleyTissue Bank Manager