Newcastle MRC Centre Biobank for Rare and Neuromuscular Diseases

The Newcastle MRC (Medical Research Council) Centre Biobank for Rare and Neuromuscular Disease is located at the International Centre for Life (Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University). The MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases is a partnership between Newcastle University and the UCL Institute of Child Health and Institute of Neurology, and is one of the MRC's translational research centres in the UK. The Newcastle MRC Centre Biobank and the affiliated biobank located at the Institute of Child Health (UCL) in London, were established in 2008 and comprise one the five core activities of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases aimed at supporting the translational program of the centre. The main objective of the biobank is to provide well characterized, high quality biomaterials such as myoblasts, fibroblasts, DNA, RNA, plasma, serum and urine of patients with neuromuscular disorders to researchers within the centre and the wider scientific community. Currently, the MRC Biobank has assembled a collection of more than 15,000 anonymised rare disease samples mostly derived from NMD patients. In 2010, the Biobank was recognised as an official member of EuroBioBank ( and has applied quality criteria and standard operation procedures in accordance with EuroBioBank protocols. Publication: MRC Centre Neuromuscular Biobank (Newcastle and London): Supporting and facilitating rare and neuromuscular disease research worldwide. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2017.07.001


  • Cell culture
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Contact Information


The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre
Institute of Genetic Medicine
International Centre for Life
Central Parkway
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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