About us

The Bristol Biobank was set-up as a collaboration between University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust with funding from the David Telling Trust.

The focus of the Biobank is to create a coordinated, multidisciplinary collection of human tissue samples. Many areas of contemporary biomedicine, both within the academic and commercial sectors, are dependent on access to well characterised collections of human tissues. Following the introduction of the Human Tissue Act (HTA) in 2004 there is now a clear ethical and legal framework for such activity to be confidently expanded. The Bristol Biobank has a generic favourable opinion from a NHS Research Ethics Committee enabling researchers to work under this approval rather than having to manage their own applications.

In addition to access to samples for biomedical research, additional services to support biomedical research are also in place. The services available include a biorepository for short-term storage of specific samples and laboratory support of NHS REC approved studies.  Please visit the services page for more information.

Governance Structure

The operation of the Biobank is managed by the Bristol Biobank Management Committee whose membership includes:

• Biobank Manager
• Technician
• Head of School of Clinical Sciences or representative
• Research Governance/Human Tissue representative
• Health & Safety representative
• Lay member
• University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust representative
• Biobank Executive Assistant (non-voting)

 This Committee reports to the Strategic Development Board which comprises:

• Independent Chairperson
• Biobank Stakeholders or representative
• Designated Individual
• Head of School or representative
• Head of Research Governance or representative
• Biobank Manager
• Lay member
• University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust representative

The remit of this Board is to provide oversight of the strategic development, governance and ethical considerations relating to the operation of the Bristol Biobank.

The reporting line of these committees is shown in the Governance structure (PDF, 96kB), with links to the University Ethics of Research Committee and Human Tissue Working Group