Oxford Transplant Biobank Coordinator
The Oxford Biomedical Research Centre funded Oxford Transplant Biobank is a repository of biological samples which supports research looking at improving transplant outcomes.
Collected from transplants carried out at the Churchill Hospital, samples from the biobank assist in hypothesis driven research looking at:
i. Donor management
ii. Organ preservation
iii. Ischaemia reperfusion injury
iv. Identifying biomarkers of donor organ quality as predictors of transplantation outcomes in the recipients
v. Surgical techniques and perioperative management of donors and recipients
With a team of technicians, samples and clinical data are obtained from living kidney donors and kidney recipients (of living and deceased organ donors). These are then processed, stored and tracked according to developed standard operating procedures. Recruitment for the Oxford Transplant Biobank started in 2016 with the first collection taking place in June 2016.