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Finding out what makes researchers tick

Posted on 07/02/2018

UKCRC TDCC want to help researchers use human samples in their research.

In 2017 the UKCRC TDCC launched the UK’s first cross disease sample register to help researchers find existing samples. Since then the resource has been developed in response to feedback they have received from the community. UKCRC are now conducting some more formal research to ensure they develop a resource that works for everyone. The research will be composed of a survey and some focus groups.

Research Survey
UK-based Biomedical researchers are invited to complete an online survey called ‘Human samples in UK biomedical research’. To help understand when human samples are used, what the motivations are for using them and whether there are any barriers to accessing or using human samples in the UK currently.

Researcher Focus Groups
The results of the survey will help identify key groups of researchers that use human tissue in their work. UKCRC may then invite willing participants to participate in a focus group. The aim of the groups will be to get further feedback on the survey results by dissecting motivations and what would lead to changes in behaviour. Participants will also be asked to test drive the UKCRC Tissue Directory and provide direct feedback on what does, and doesn’t, work.

All the results of the work will be published following completion and will directly influence the development of the resource.

Find out more and take part in the survey here