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Salford Royal Foundation Trust Brain Tumour Biobank

Biobanks are central to developing innovative basic, translational and clinical research in neuro oncology.

Advances in our understanding and treatment of brain tumours are dependent on the study of well-characterised brain tissue. Its analysis matched with epidemiological, clinical and genetic data remains essential for guiding and validating basic research in a clinical context.

Ground-breaking research can only happen if biobanks are integrated into a robust system that can combine them with clinical and basic science, as well as the wealth of data collected via NHS Electronic Patient Records (EPR).

Established in 2016 as part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre Biobank, the Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) Brain Tumour Biobank is an invaluable resource to facilitate translational research into tumours of the brain, skull base and pituitary.

The collection comprises a range of tumour types, including gliomas, meningiomas, metastatic carcinomas and pituitary adenomas.

Charges for academic institutions and commercial users to access these are based on the MRC’s tariffs for brain tissue.

There are close links with Brain UK in Southampton, the Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank in London, The Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Tissue Bank, and the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg.

A digital future

As a result of historic investment and forward-planning for developments in informatics, the SRFT is currently in an enviable position as one of the most digitally mature NHS Trusts in England.

The Trust’s EPR system was implemented in 1999 and now holds 1.3 million patient records, with millions of documents, diagnoses and diagnostic results.

This wealth of clinical data has proved to be a powerful research resource, with a number of successful studies carried out by partner organisation North West Ehealth.

Additionally, SRFT has been chosen as one of the twelve organisations to take part in the Global Digital Excellence programme. It will be funded to accelerate them towards achieving Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) level 6 and 7 status.

There will be a strong emphasis on standardisation of systems (Snomed CT, GS1 and FHIR) and these technologies will form the basis of a powerful interoperability platform, providing a much improved research resource.

Biobanking support

Ricky Williams, Biobank Technician at Salford Royal Foundation TrustIn addition to providing biobanking support and histological technical assistance, our biobank technician, Ricky Williams, actively engages with patients in order to build positive relationships between the patient community and medical researchers by attending patient engagement groups and other relevant events. You can contact him using the details below.

Tel: 0161 206 4408