What Research Do We Support?

The Wales Cancer bank accepts applications from researchers worldwide to use the anonymised biosamples and/or data in their work. Projects must be related to furthering the knowledge of cancer, its initiation, progression and/or treatment but the application process is open to all and the only criteria to be fulfilled is that the proposed work is good science that will contribute to knowledge. WCB receives applications to source varying numbers of samples, from 6 to 600 and whilst some applications are very prescriptive in their requirements, others are more generalised. Researchers include a lay summary in their application and some of those that have been supplied with WCB samples are shown below. WCB requests an acknowledgment in any published works as to the source of samples.

Since 2007 numerous research projects have been facilitated or supplied with samples from the Wales Cancer Bank. The majority of projects are supplied from the samples already stored by the bank but many have been collected especially for researchers. WCB has also supplied samples for clinical trials to alleviate the pressure on NHS histology departments.

All applicants supply a lay summary and the summaries of some of the projects that have received samples from WCB can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Dr Chris Womack – AstraZeneca 

Dr Nessa Carey – CellCentric Ltd

Dr John Staffurth - Cardiff University

Dr Rebecca Porter - Cardiff University

Professor Horst Zitzelsburger - GSF-National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany

Dr Michaela Aubele - GSF-National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany

Dr Simak Ali – Imperial College, London

Dr Duncan Baird – Cardiff University

Dr David Millar, Cardiff University

Professor Gerry Thomas, Imperial College, London

Dr Christian Rohlff, Oxford Genome Sciences (UK) Ltd

Professor Alan Burnett, Cardiff University

Dr Lisa Spary, Cardiff University

Drs Dimity Pshezhetskiy, Justin Stebbing and Leandro Castellano, Imperial College, London

Dr Claire Aukim-Hastie, Portsmouth University

Dr Jane Wakeman, University of Wales, Bangor