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Research summaries for Research Tissue Banks register

In October 2008 the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) first published research summaries on the NRES website.  The purpose of publishing research summaries is to promote transparency in research, to encourage registration and publication and to provide a simple website publication of research approved by NRES in the UK.  It is designed to support the improvement of patients' access to research as detailed in the NHS Constitution.
The publication of this searchable record of approved applications is just one part of the NRES wider agenda to meet policy and publication requirements, and to promote transparent and ethical research and review.  It also marks a large amount of work and collaboration between applicants from all areas of research in the UK in delivering this important first step.

From 2010, NRES also records the ethical opinion from the Research Ethics Committee. 


About the summaries

The summaries are deliberately brief to maximise access and understanding.  If you would like further information on the studies recorded on the website, please contact the person named on the study, not NRES.


The information contained within the research summaries is extracted from the application form.  NRES provides guidance and comments on the content and may suggest amendments and improvements, but the final published version is provided and agreed by the Chief Investigator/Sponsor organisation.  NRES has not amended the summaries in any way prior to publication.



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REC ReferenceREC NameName of establishment responsible for the bankShort titleTitle of Bank
07/H0304/114Cambridgeshire 1 Research Ethics...Antitope LimitedHealthy Donor PBMC Cell BankHealthy Donor PBMC Cell Bank
07/MRE08/29North West Research Ethics CommitteeAstraZeneca plcAstraZeneca Cancer and Infection...AstraZeneca Cancer and Infection...
08/H0704/128East London & The City REC AlphaBrains for Dementia Research...Brains for Dementia ResearchBrains for Dementia Research
07/H0606/112Oxfordshire REC CCancer Research UK, Medical Oncology...Oxford Experimental Cancer Medicine...Oxford Experimental Cancer Medicine...
06/MRE09/52REC for WalesCardiff UniversityCardiovascular Event Gene BankCardiovascular Event Gene Bank
08/H1010/55North West Research Ethics CommitteeCentral Manchester and Manchester...Maternal and Fetal Health Research...Maternal and Fetal Health Research...
08/H0405/22Trent Research Ethics CommitteeChildren's Cancer and Leukaemia GroupThe CCLG Tissue BankThe CCLG Tissue Bank
07/H0405/59Trent Research Ethics CommitteeDe Montfort UniversityUnited Kingdom Human Tissue BankUnited Kingdom Human Tissue Bank
07/S0704/55West of Scotland REC 4Department of Vascular BiochemistryKinetic SamplesKinetic Samples
08/H1010/36North West Research Ethics CommitteeDept of Neurosurgery, Hope HospitalSpinal intervertebral disc tissue bankSpinal intervertebral disc tissue bank