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Dr Susan Ring

Dr Susan Ring

Dr Susan Ring
B.Sc.(Sheff.), Ph.D.(Lond.)

Head of Laboratories and Executive Director ALSPAC

Office OF5
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 3310070


Activities / Findings

Sue is head of the Bristol Bioresource Laboratories (BBL) and has over has over 20 years of experience of biobanking and managing sample resources for epidemiological studies. She established the DNA and lymphoblastoid cell line banks for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and 1958 birth cohort studies which have been widely used by the research community across the world.

BBL activities include biobanking, high throughput DNA banking and cell culture, biochemical analysis, and genotyping and the University facilities for NMR metabolomics and Illumina array analysis.

BBL supports a large proportion of research in ALSPAC and the MRC Integrated Epidemiology Unit and has links with researchers across the world. The laboratories are custodians of over 2 million samples from several cohort studies including ALSPAC, the 1946, 1958 1970, Millennium and Born in Bradford birth cohorts and clinical collections such as the Cleft Collective and Head and Neck 5000.  

Sue is a member of the ALSPAC Executive Committee which provides scientific direction to the study and oversees access to the resource. She has developed policy for governing release of samples to researchers and is a technical advisor to METADAC (Managing Ethico-social, Technical issues and Administration Data Access Committee).

She has been a designated individual for a Human Tissue Authority licence for over 10 years and is currently chair of the University of Bristol’s Human Tissue Working Group. 



  • Biobanking
  • Longitudinal Cohort Studies
  • Genetic Epidemiology



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