What is it?
The network of NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Biorepositories provides researchers with efficient access to a wide range of high-quality and well-characterised tissue from across NHS Scotland for use in research.
The NHS is a major source of tissue including surplus material from diagnostic specimens and surgical procedures and the biorepositories provide managed access, following the appropriate governance requirements, to these existing collections or can facilitate the collection of the required material including:
- Pathology archive samples
- Surplus diagnostic samples - such as blood, urine or other bodily fluids
- Surplus diagnostic or surgical tissue
- Bespoke collections of tissue from NHS Scotland patients may have been/or can be collected as part of cohort studies or clinical trials
The NRS Biorepositories work as a network providing streamlined access to tissue with a single point of contact, single application process and single approval process for access to tissue from across the network. This national approach is designed to encourage the use of tissue in research and boost the availability of tissue, ending the need for researchers to source tissue from more than one Board.
How do I get access?
The NHS Research Scotland GGC biorepository can be accessed at: https://www.nhsgbr.org.uk/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault.aspx
To set up an account go to the ‘No account?’ link.
The central point of contact for the Biorepositories Network is firstname.lastname@example.org The Network is made up of four geographical nodes: North, South, East and West. GGC is part of the West node which can be contacted at: Jane.Hair@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or on 0141 354 9495.
The nodal biorepositories and their operation as a network is supported by NHS Research Scotland and the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government.