The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) have announced that they will be funding the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (BBMRI.UK) until 2020. The University of Nottingham and University College London (UCL) have been awarded a renewal of funding to continue the efforts of BBMRI.UK. After a busy year registering organisations that have human samples resources in the UKCRC Tissue Directory, BBMRI.uk has successfully secured funding until the end of November 2020. The decision demonstrates the UKCRC funders’ commitment to harmonising and improving the visibility of human sample resources in the UK to ensure that researchers are able to find and use samples to support their research.
BBMRI.UK announces strategic collaborations to improve sample access for research
BBMRI.uk has recently announced collaborations with 3 different research infrastructures in order to improve sample access in the UK and beyond.
The Medicines Discovery Catapult aims to support the creation and growth of medicines and diagnostic companies in the UK. Linking companies to the hundreds of UK-based research tissue banks in the UKCRC Tissue Directory will result in the advancement of UK-based medical research and innovation.
The work with Scientist.com and BC Platforms will improve the visibility of UK samples to medical researchers across Europe. The work will allow Biobanks to easily improve their visibility to wider research networks. All 3 announcements were made at BBMRI.uk’s annual meeting this October.