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Sample collection 

Experts in the field of reproductive medicine have produced sample collection standard operative procedures, that are used by the biobank to ensure the collection of samples that are high quality by following best practise.


The biobank can collect the following samples across the 6 tissue collection centres, either, fresh, frozen or embedded in paraffin (Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded):


  • Placenta (cord and membranes)
  • Endometrium
  • Myometrium
  • Omentum
  • Whole blood
  • Serum
  • Plasma
  • Buffy coat
  • Vaginal Swabs


These samples will be obtained from non-pregnant women and women who have had pregnancy complications including miscarriage, intrauterine death, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia.


The biobank can also collect samples from babies who are up to one week old, these samples include:


  • Saliva

  • Buccal swab

  • Urine

  • Hair

  • Stool (meconium)


Biological samples that are taken for diagnosis, but not completely used can now be used for research under the ethics gained by the Tommy’s Biobank. This means that samples left over after diagnosis can be requested for research purposes. Please contact us for more information.





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