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The University of Southampton
Cancer Research UK Centre

Tissue Bank

Fast paced research activities within the facility highlight the need for a high grade biological store.

The Tissue Bank is licensed by the Human tissue Authority (HTA) to source, organise, collect, prepare, store and distribute a diverse collection of human tissues and biological products. All tissue is collected with patient consent and distributed anonymously only to National Research Ethics Service (NRES) approved studies.

This valuable core resource is available to all local researchers with NRES approved studies to aid the study of cancer biology and other associated research. The on-site Tissue Bank allows for rapid access to a plethora of biological materials supported by an inventory management system.

In addition, the Tissue Bank provides a HTA licensed facility to store surplus tissue when studies close. Tissues currently available include normal and malignant snap frozen blocks, fresh biopsy tissues, blood products and biological fluids. Collections are organized by Tissue Bank staff and include a wide variety of cancer classifications. The Tissue Bank currently holds over 100,000 vials.

Tissue availability includes:

HTA and removal of human tissue

The HTA is the regulatory body for implementing The Human Tissue Act and The European Union Tissue and Cells Directives. This regulatory framework ensures codes of practice are followed & inspection requirements are met. All human material for future unspecified research projects must now legally be sourced through a licensed body accompanied by full ethics approval and patient consent.

The Cancer Sciences Unit Tissue Bank has a current fully approved HTA research license, a copy of which is displayed at all locations where tissue under licence is stored. All licensed activities involving human tissue release are coordinated by the Tissue Bank Manager (Dr. Kathleen Potter) and the QA manager (Sara Yeats).


For full support in all of the areas specified above please contact:

Kathleen Potter, Ph.D. - Tissue Bank Manager (HTA Person Designate). Tel: 02380 795034, Bleep 1572;

Sara Yeats - Quality Assurance Manager. Tel: 02380 796226;

Tissue Bank Technicians - Tel: 02380 795034, Bleep 1572

Professor Gareth Thomas - HTA Designated Individual; 

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