About the tissue bank

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank (PCRFTB) is the world's first national pancreas tissue bank and will accelerate research into pancreatic cancer.

The Tissue Bank is a unique collaboration between the charity, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London and six key NHS partners throughout the UK, each renowned for its expertise in treating pancreatic cancer:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust (London)
  • The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • ABM University Health Board, Swansea

We hope that more hospitals will join the collaboration.

The Tissue Bank collects and stores tissue, blood, saliva and urine from people with pancreatic cancer and other diseases of the pancreas, alongside samples of blood, urine and saliva from first degree relatives of patient donors and other healthy volunteers.

While reserves are being built up, applications for samples will be invited from researchers at all the collaborating centres and those engaged in current and completed projects funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. The Tissue Bank will be open to applications from any researcher in the UK from year 3, and as stocks become sufficiently available, to international researchers.

Researchers will be able to apply to access tissues alongside detailed information about the tumour type, grade and the anonymous donor's clinical history. We anticipate that around 1,000 new patients will donate their tumour tissue to the Tissue Bank each year.

The Tissue Bank incorporates a Research & Development arm, which will ensure that it remains at the forefront of research techniques to yield as much information from tissue samples as possible.

All research data generated from the Tissue Bank samples will be fed back into a bespoke bioinformatics database and made freely available to the global research community.

If you are a patient and want to find out more about donating to the Tissue Bank, please visit our main website.