Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB)

Northern Ireland Biobank was established in 2010 to collect, store and distribute human samples for translational research and is primarily funded by the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency. Cancer Research UK (CR-UK), the Friends of the Cancer Centre and Prostate Cancer UK have also provided financial support. The NIB complies with approvals from both the Office of Research Ethics in Northern Ireland and HSC R&D governance to host and distribute cohorts of quality assured biological samples linked with well-defined clinical and pathological data sets.


  • Access to the full pathology archive
  • Tissue micro array creation
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Carcinoma in situ of prostate
  • Fit and well
  • Malignant neoplasm of endometrium of corpus uteri (disorder)
  • Malignant tumour of breast
  • Malignant tumour of colon
  • Malignant tumour of ovary


  • Confederation of Cancer Biobanks

Contact Information


Northern Ireland Biobank
Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology
Queen's University Belfast
97 Lisburn Road

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A