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Cambridge Biorepository for Translational Medicine

Support for Multidisciplinary Translational Research

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The CBTM serves to support multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects involving key institutions in Cambridge and beyond. It supports ongoing projects as well serving to stimulate and facilitate new translational research proposals utilising human tissue.  The CBTM aims to provide reliable access to fresh tissue for its collaborators, thus promoting research that is ultimately anticipated to improve the quality of healthcare for patients.  



  • Long-term support of existing collaborations
  • Ensuring reliable and optimal access to fresh tissue
  • Obtaining additional ethical approvals for future studies
  • Closer coordination between researchers to maximise scientific output
  • Facilitation of new studies utilising tissue from the same donors
  • Storage of tissue in conjuction with the Tissue Bank


Administration and Management of the Collaborations:

The activities of the CBTM include but are not limited to:

  • Research Ethics Committee application/amendments and R&D approvals
  • Tissue collection
  • Tissue processing as required by the collaborators
  • Obtaining informed consent for specific studies
  • Maintenance of databases relevant to specific collaborations


Support for use of human tissue in in vivo studies 

  • CBTM works closely with the Cambridge In Vivo Assessment Platform to support in vivo translation of innovative laboratory studies. For more information, click here.



Some of the collaborations supported by CBTM include the following institutions:

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