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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 Tommy’s National Reproductive Health Biobank to ensure the collection of samples of high quality by following best practise.

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

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, and fathers. 


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.


The Tommys National Reproductive Health Biobank also offers additional services. Immunohistochemistry, histology, microtomy, cryosectioning, nucleic acid extraction and Quality Control .

Project specific costings can be provided for grant applications. Please enquire by email.