Why donate to a biorepository?
We know that a diagnosis of a serious disease is the most terrible thing that can happen. But for people like Adrienne Morgan, being able to donate tissue as part of your treatment can be a positive to come from an awful situation.
Adrienne is a scientist, who loves working in the lab, but breast cancer has prevented her working full time.
She was diagnosed with grade three breast cancer in 2005 that had spread to her lymph nodes. Following her surgery, she was pleased to be able to donate her lymph tissue to support research. But this was coupled with disappointment her breast tissue couldn’t also be used to help beat the disease as at the time the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank hadn’t been established.
Since opening, the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank has collected over 50,000 samples from over 12,000 patients, providing an invaluable resource for researchers across the country to better understand breast cancer and find new more effective treatments.
This research relies on access to tissue samples, which what we at the Norwich Research Park Biorepository, like our colleagues at the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank are dedicated to providing.
But this relies on you, and people like you, consenting to providing tissue samples.
“We don’t have to do anything more than say yes, and say yes to this tissue being used for something really positive.” – Adrienne Morgan
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.
Tanja Suligoj / 02:56
Research relies on the Norwich Research Park Biorepository and on the donation of tissue for research purposes.
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.