Blood Cancer UK Childhood Leukaemia Cell Bank

The Blood Cancer UK Childhood Leukaemia Cell Bank is a national collection of samples from children and young people with paediatric haematological malignancies. It is very well annotated with demographic, clinical and genetic features. This annotation enables identification and curation of very rare subgroups. There is a range of sample types including viable cells and DNA from bone marrow, plasma and CSF supporting many different types of project. The Bank is open to international as well as UK-based researchers where at least one of the investigators is based at a UK university or NHS institution. Applications are reviewed rapidly by an independent review panel. Our team can give help and advice at all stages of the application from initial enquiry to dispatch of samples. The Bank also holds a collection of HLA typed cord blood which are subject to the same review process.


  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Fit and well (finding)
  • Leukemia, disease (disorder)

Bespoke collection capabilities:

  • Leukemia, disease (disorder)

Contact Information


Department of Health Sciences
Area 3 Seebohm Rowntree Building
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Last Updated: 13/07/2021

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A 7 N/A N/A 6 N/A
2016 N/A 10 N/A N/A 10 N/A
2017 N/A 12 N/A N/A 11 N/A
2018 N/A 8 N/A N/A 7 N/A
2019 N/A 7 N/A N/A 7 N/A
2020 N/A 6 N/A N/A 6 N/A
2021 N/A 10 N/A N/A 10 N/A
2022 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A