Tommy’s Reproductive Health Biobank

Dr Rachel Tribe, Professor Siobhan Quenby

Our four research centres have collaborated to create a single biobank to inform more life-saving research and studies

Tommy’s exists to save babies’ lives. 

That’s why we fund four research centres to carry out vital work on preventing pregnancy loss. Our research centres are located around the UK in Manchester, Edinburgh and London. Our fourth centre is the National Centre for Miscarriage Research which has hubs in Warwick, Birmingham and Imperial College London.

Each of our research centres has a “biobank” – a collection of biological samples from mothers and children – that are used in studies. These samples are tissues collected before, during and after normal or complex pregnancies. Until now, these samples have been stored in six separate biobanks, all striving to achieve the same goal.

We wanted to find a way to combine samples, data and expertise from each of our centres into one unit of international excellence. To do this, we are creating the Tommy’s Reproductive Health Biobank – a virtual database of samples from all of our centres. This biobank will allow us to ensure the quality and consistency of our samples and make sure that they are easily searchable.

The resulting biobank will include samples from a large number of women with diverse pregnancy problems and will detail pregnancy, neonatal and infant outcomes, as well as the history of previous pregnancies. It will build on Tommy’s Net, which contains information about couples with recurrent miscarriages and provides links to their test results, samples and pregnancy outcomes held on other NHS databases. We believe that the Tommy’s Reproductive Health Biobank will help the wider research community to share information more effectively, and make it much easier to study pregnancy complications in large groups of women[KW2] .

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Funding

This project is funded by Tommy's and the Medical Research Council.

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