The Robert Lane Tissue Bank

The Robert Lane Tissue Bank is a Genito-Urinary tissue bank collecting and storing samples of prostate, testis, penile, kidney and bladder cancer. It consists of fresh frozen and formalin fixed tissue samples as well as whole blood, plasma and serum collected from patients with Genito-Urinary cancers or being investigated for malignancy. The bank was set up with the purpose of expanding the collection of male-specific cancers; providing material for scientific research aiming to discover new biomarkers that have the potential to be used as diagnostic/prognostic markers. Ultimately, this could assist in creating personalised treatments for patients. In addition to our own in-house research we have collaborations with groups within the UK, in the EU and USA.


  • Ability to recontact
  • Access to the full pathology archive
  • Immunohistochemistry - scoring
  • Immunohistochemistry - staining
  • Tissue micro array creation

Existing samples:

  • Malignant tumor of kidney (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of penis (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of prostate (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of testis (disorder)
  • Malignant tumor of urinary bladder (disorder)


  • CRUK Barts Centre

Contact Information


Ground floor
Joseph Rotblat Building
Charterhouse Square
Greater London

Last Updated: 05/10/2021

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 4 1 0 4 1 0
2016 4 2 0 4 2 0
2017 1 0 0 1 0 0
2018 0 1 0 0 1 0
2019 3 0 0 3 0 0
2020 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2021 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2022 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A