Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank, established in 2018, gives researchers access to a large database of biological samples. These samples can be used to find new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent pregnancy complications. Biobanks have revolutionalised treatment for other conditions, such as cancer. We hope the Tommy's biobank will do the same for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
What is a biobank?
A biobank is a collection of biological samples that are used in research studies. Our biobank collects tissue samples from women and their babies. These samples are collected before, during and after normal or complex pregnancies. The samples donated by patients are linked to medical history and pregnancy outcome as well as to information about the baby’s health through Tommy’s Net, which is a database that holds the pregnancy and medical records of many women treated at different hospitals and clinics.
Our biobank allows researchers across the country to ensure that the biological samples they use during clinical trials are consistent and of high quality. It also means that crucial data is easy to find and is easily searchable.
Where is the biobank based?
Tommy’s researchers have found a way to combine samples, data and expertise from across the UK. Our research centres have worked together closely to create our national biobank.
Data is currently collected from six biobanks at the following centres across the country:
We are also beginning to partner with the University of Oxford, and their biobank will become the seventh biobank in this national collaboration.