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UKCRC Survey about human sample use in UK Biomedical research

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration Tissue Directory Coordination Centre want to help researchers use human samples in their research. In order to do this they are undertaking some research of their own!

In 2017 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since then the resource has been developed in response to feedback we have received from the community. They are now conducting some more formal research to ensure we develop a resource that works for everyone. The research will be composed of a survey and some focus groups.

Research Survey

UK-based Biomedical researchers are invited to complete an online survey called ‘Human samples in UK biomedical research’. UKCRC want to understand when human samples are used, what the motivations are for using them and whether there are any barriers to accessing or using human samples in the UK currently.

Researcher Focus Groups

The results of the survey will help them identify key groups of researchers that use human tissue in their work. They may then invite willing participants to participate in a focus group. The aim of the groups will be to get further feedback on the survey results by dissecting motivations and what would lead to changes in behaviour. Participants will also be asked to test drive the UKCRC Tissue Directory and provide direct feedback on what does, and doesn’t work. 

For more details see the UKCRC TDCC website.

The closing date for survey submissions is 18 March 2018.