How your samples help clinical research
Tanja is a research scientist working in the Quadram Institute. Tanja’s work is studying the interactions between specific food compounds and the lining of the gut. She works with clinicians from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which ensures that her fundamental findings from the research labs transfer to benefits to patients and society.
Tanja’s research relies on the Norwich Research Park Biorepository and its experienced, skilled staff, and on the donation of tissue for research purposes. Working with human samples is key to translating research for patient benefits.
She uses tissue samples from patients who’ve given their consent to see in detail the effects foods have on real human tissue. The tissue Tanja receives is anonymous, with the data being kept securely in the Biorepository.
The donated tissue can be used to grow specialised cell clusters called “organoids” and are also used for “gut-on-chip” technologies.
These advanced techniques accurately mimic the human gut, which is important as could lead to a reduction in the need for animals in research.
Louise Jones / 03:58
The Norwich Research Park Biorepository supports vital clinical research thanks to the donation of samples
Jo Brooks / 01:44
Clinical research enables researchers to develop new medications and to determine how patients are going to respond to disease.
Dheemanth Vangimalla / 02:44
An ethics committee ensures that proposal for research involving human participants meet the highest ethical standards
Garry John / 02:19
With your consent, your blood can be stored securely in the Biorepository, anonymised, and used for vital research purposes.
Rachael Stanley / 02:30
Your samples are extremely important to us and future research, so we make sure that they are well looked after.
Anthony Lundrigan / 02:04
To help ensure that we maintain the highest principles a Cauldicott Guardian oversees how we handle your data and samples.