The Liverpool Tissue Bank celebrates its 20th anniversary

A special ceremony was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a cancer research facility funded by Candis Club.

The Liverpool Tissue Bank was established at the University of Liverpool in 1993, following a donation of nearly £2.2 million from Candis.

The resource centre collects samples from a wide variety of tissue types, including breast cancer and pancreas tumours, donated by consenting patients who have undergone surgery for cancer.

(From left) Professor Sarah Coupland, LTB Director; Professor Philip Rudland, who was involved with the opening of the LTB and Bob Hyatt, Candis Club Chairman.

(From left) Professor Sarah Coupland, LTB Director; Professor Philip Rudland, who was involved with the opening of the LTB and Bob Hyatt, Candis Club Chairman.

“The Liverpool Tissue Bank simply wouldn’t be here now if there hadn’t been the funding from Candis; it was essential to its existence,” says Professor Sarah Coupland, Liverpool Tissue Bank director.

“It was the UK’s first cancer tissue bank and I think it showed tremendous foresight to collect tissue in a coordinated manner and to make sure that the quality of the specimen was excellent, so all sorts of research could be performed on that tissue.”

To date, more than 45,000 samples have been collected by the Liverpool Tissue Bank, each of which has been carefully stored to provide researchers with invaluable material for studying the underlying mechanisms involved in diseases such as cancer.

“The Liverpool Tissue Bank has a governance board, which receives applications from researchers who want to use the tissues collected,” says Professor Coupland.

“When the board is approached by any researcher, we evaluate their application from a scientific viewpoint – does it make sense to do this experiment and where does it ultimately lead? Is it going to translate to the bedside and if so, do we have enough samples to do that research?

“It’s important that we consider these things, because we don’t want to exhaust our bank of samples on research projects that aren’t likely to have a long-term impact for patients.

“The ultimate idea is to further cancer research and we’re hugely appreciative of all the Candis Club members who made our existence possible.”

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