NHS Grampian Biorepository

The Grampian Biorepository was developed to provide core facilities that could undertake research based around the collection, storage, analysis and distribution of human biological samples collected within NHS Grampian. The biorepository supports a range of tissue based projects. The main areas of research activity are translational research programs in colorectal cancer, lung cancer. In addition we have the following collections: orthopaedic tissues and liver samples, We have access to the Pathology Department archive consisting of patient identifiable paper documents, tissue blocks and glass slides containing in excess 1 million patient samples.


  • Access to the full pathology archive
  • Data analytics
  • Immunohistochemistry - scoring
  • Immunohistochemistry - staining
  • Tissue micro array creation

Existing samples:

  • Malignant neoplasm of liver
  • Malignant tumour of breast
  • Malignant tumour of colon
  • Malignant tumour of lung
  • Malignant tumour of oesophagus
  • Malignant tumour of ovary

Bespoke collection capabilities:

  • Malignant tumour of oesophagus


  • The Scottish Biorepository Network
  • Confederation of Cancer Biobanks

Contact Information


Grampian Biorepository
Department of Pathology
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Link Building
AB25 2ZN

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
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