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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
09/H1010/12North West Research Ethics CommitteeUniversity of Bristol1958 Birth Cohort Tissue Bank1958 Birth Cohort Tissue Bank
07/MRE08/30North West Research Ethics CommitteeThe University Of ManchesterA repository for RA and OA synoviumA repository for RA and OA synovium
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
08/H0606/87Oxfordshire REC CUniversity of Bristol Department of...Saliva bank version 1 27Jun08Bristol dental school saliva bank
09/H0504/6Southampton and South West Hampshire...Nottingham City HospitalCancer biomarker, molecular and...Cancer biomarker, molecular and...
08/H1308/193Sheffield Local Research Ethics...Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS...Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit...Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit...
06/MRE09/52REC for WalesCardiff UniversityCardiovascular Event Gene BankCardiovascular Event Gene Bank
09/H0405/12Trent Research Ethics CommitteeWest Midlands Regional Genetics...CEHRBCentral England Haemato-oncology...
09/H0405/2Trent Research Ethics CommitteeNational Biological Standards BoardCJD Resource CentreCJD Resource Centre