Sheffield Collaborating Centre of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

The University of Sheffield collects malignant and normal breast tissue and blood samples from patients attending the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield as part of a research project led by Prof. Angela Cox; "The role of angiogenesis and genome stability in breast cancer, and biosample collection". The research group specialises in the collection of longitudinal blood samples, including blood plasma for circulating DNA applications, serum and viable cells. Patients are invited to donate their samples to the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank (BCNTB), a ground-breaking, multi-million pound initiative linking four centres around the country which work together as one national resource. The BCNTB represents the UK’s single largest unique collection of high-quality breast tissue samples. The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank samples are held in the Tissue Bank at Queen Mary University of London (the Lead Operations Centre). Institutions which have been appointed as the Collection Centres are the University of Aberdeen, the University of East Anglia and the University of Sheffield.


  • Digital imaging
  • Immunohistochemistry - scoring
  • Immunohistochemistry - staining
  • Tissue micro array creation
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Malignant tumor of breast (disorder)

Contact Information


Academic Unit of Molecular Oncology
Sheffield Medical School
Beech Hill Road
South Yorkshire
S10 2RX

Last Updated: 04/06/2020

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