Tissue Bank

The Human Tissue Bank, funded by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), is housed within the Department of Histopathology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, and offers a wide range of fresh, frozen, paraffin processed and sectioned tissue for translational research and drug discovery purposes. High quality processing and storage of tissue samples underpins high quality research and the expert specialist pathologists and well-trained and experienced biomedical scientists select and prepare well-characterised material to the highest standards. The Tissue Bank works to Good Clinical and Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA). The facility has strict access criteria but routinely supplies a wide range of human material for cellular and molecular phenotyping to a variety of BRC themes, including Cancer, as well as to University researchers, quality assurance schemes, clinical trials and commercial companies.

Applications to the Tissue Bank - please download the relevant forms;

CUH policy on access to Tissue Samples

How to apply for the collection of relevant material from the HRTB

How to apply for the banking of Human Tissue Samples in the HRTB

How to apply to the HRTB for the temporary storage of relevant material

How to apply for the release of relevant material from the HRTB

How to apply to bank relevant material under a CUH HTA licence

If you wish to apply for tissue from the Human Research Tissue Bank please use the following forms;

HRTB Tissue Request Form

HRTB Tissue Request Form using NRES 11EE0011

All enquiries to tissuebank@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Brain Bank

The Cambridge Brain Bank was established in 1975 in order for researchers to have access to brain tissue after death to investigate disorders of the nervous system and offers a well-characterised resource of frozen, paraffin embedded and sectioned brain tissue from donors with Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, Motor Neurone disease and Huntington's disease. Some normal control brain tissue from people without neurological disorders is also available. The Brain Bank has been inspected as part of the Pathology HTA Licence and employs a Specialist Research Nurse who speaks to families about consent and deals with arrangements during the donation process. The facility routinely supplies material to researchers working in the Neuroscience BRC theme as well as University and Medical Research Council (MRC) funded research projects.

If you wish to apply for  tissue from the Cambridge Brain Bank please use the following form:

Brain bank request form

All enquiries to brbank@addenbrookes.nhs.uk