Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank was established in 2018 and gives researchers access to a large database of biological samples that can be used to find new ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing pregnancy complications. Biobanks have revolutionised treatment for other conditions, such as cancer, and we hope that 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 before, during and after normal or complex pregnancies. The samples donated by patients are linked to medical history, pregnancy outcomes and information about the baby’s health through Tommy’s Net, which is a database that holds the pregnancy and medical records of nearly 2,000 women.
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 easily searchable.
Where is the biobank based?
Tommy’s research centres have worked closely together to create the national biobank, combining samples, data and expertise from across the UK.
Data is currently collected from seven biobanks at the following centres: