Samples for Science

Scientists need blood, cells and tissues to carry out research on diseases to find out more about them and how they can be treated. Using human tissue in research reduces the need for animal tissue and provides more relevant information to scientists. By joining our donor database and donating your tissue you could help to progress research in a number of disease areas and help in the development of new treatments and even cures.

Our research tissue collection bank is fully approved by an independent ethics committee and our processes are fully aligned to the relevant regulatory bodies. All samples are collected by appropriately trained and qualified health care professionals ensuring your donation is as comfortable as possible so you can donate knowing you and your samples will be treated with respect.

What does volunteering mean for you?

Volunteers may be asked to donate a variety of samples, these could include blood, urine, faeces, hair, saliva or small skin biopsy samples. Samples are collected by fully trained and qualified health care professionals at appropriate sites, or you may be able to collect the samples at home yourself in containers provided. Before agreeing to donate your sample you will have the opportunity to discuss the collection and ask any questions you may have. You will be provided with an information sheet which details the required sample collection process, any aftercare or repeat visits if required and details of relevant inconvenience payments.

Do I have to take part?

You do not have to take part in any donation you choose not to. Being on our database means we can contact you about potential donations we think may be suitable for you and if you like, we can provided further information so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to take part.

If you decide not to take part, no problem, it will not affect the chances of you being asked to take part in any future studies, we will continue to contact you for any donations we think might be suitable.

If you do decide to take part you will be invited to an appointment where we will ensure you are suitable for the donation and you will be asked to sign a form consenting to the collection.

You can request to have your details removed from our database at any time, this would mean we no longer held your contact details or any other information about you.

What’s in it for you?

Donating your tissue or fluids for use in research will greatly assist scientists who are trying to find out more about diseases and how to treat them. Your samples could help to improve current treatments and develop new treatments to treat or even cure some diseases.

Your donation of human tissue can also help to reduce the number of animals used in research.

To compensate you for your time and travel expenses you will receive an inconvenience payment, the amount will depend on what type of sample you donate. Payments will be made directly into the bank account you provide us with details of.

Will anyone know the sample is yours?

No, once the sample has been taken it will be allocated a unique code. This code will be provided to the researchers along with some basic information about you (age, sex, ethnicity), health (or disease) status and any current medications. The information will not include your name, DOB, address or any other information which could allow the researchers to identify you.

What types of donors are needed?

As long as you are aged 18 or over you can join our database. Depending on the study we need donors for we may need to collect from donors who have specific diseases or from healthy donors who have no disease. We will contact you regarding any possible donation we think you may be suitable for based on the information you provide us with.

No disease or condition will prevent you from being a potential donor.

What types of samples may be collected?

Some of the types of samples needed include:
Blood (from finger prick, vein or menstrual blood), skin biopsies, urine, faeces, saliva, mouth swabs, hair and tears.

What now?

If you want to join our database of volunteer donors click the link below to complete and submit the required form.

If you have any queries at all regarding volunteering or for any other information please contact us by Email or Call or Text us on +44 (0)7483 043530

How will my data be used?

The information you supply to us will be held on our secure database, your information will not be provided to any third parties and you can request your details are removed at any time. Your data is held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679.