MOHS PHE Ebola Biobank

During the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014-15, residual clinical specimens and accompanying data were collected from routine diagnostic testing in Public Health England (PHE) led laboratories. Approximately 10,000 samples of which 1,440 are positive for Ebola along with all the accompanying data have been transferred to PHE laboratories in the UK for curation by PHE. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone (MOHS) have retained ownership of the data and materials, and are working with PHE and other collaborators to conduct a series of research projects to inform future public health strategy relating to Ebola. The biobank is an open access resource for bona fide scientists undertaking health-related research that is in the public good. Scientists from the UK and overseas and from academia, government, charity and commercial companies can apply to the biobank. Samples will be released when the risk of them containing live virus has been eliminated using a validated inactivation procedure, which is discussed with the receiving researcher and currently has involved the use of a commercial RNA/DNA extraction kit. We plan to use X - ray radiation for inactivation at some point in the future.


  • Nucleic acid extraction

Existing samples:

  • Genus Ebolavirus (organism)

Contact Information


Public Health England
Manor Farm Road

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
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