Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource Committee
The Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource is a large tissue bank that provides human tissue samples from a wide range of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Parkinson’s to researchers in the UK and in the rest of the world.
We are looking for new Committee members to help us with certain aspects of the running of the Resource.
The Committee members meet to review the operation of the Resource and between meetings, Committee members look at applications from researchers wanting to use tissue samples to decide if the applications are a good use of tissue.
The Committee has an experienced chair and vice chair and the other members of the Committee are lay members from organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Lewy Body Society, with other members who represent Newcastle University.
We are looking for two enthusiastic lay members to join the Committee and to help with reviewing how the Resource operates. We would also like Committee members to look at applications to use tissue samples and to provide an opinion on whether or not the application might be a good use of tissue for research.
What will I be asked to do?
The Committee typically meets once every three months, for about 1-2 hours, and in between the meetings there are usually 3 or 4 tissue applications to look at each month which might take one or two hours. These applications are looked at online, but if needed, they can be emailed or posted for members to look at depending on preference. These applications (called ACATUs) are from researchers wanting to use the tissue samples for research and we ask the Committee members to look at these and say if they are a suitable use of tissue. The Committee also looks at issues around the running of the bank.
When and where?
The Committee meets once every three months (virtually at the moment) at the old Newcastle General Hospital site (now the Newcastle University Campus for Ageing and Vitality), in the Edwardson Building. We always meet in the afternoon, at 2 o’clock, usually a Tuesday, and meetings typically last just over an hour and certainly no more than two hours.
The building is accessible and parking is available in front of the Edwardson Building and a space can be made available and reserved as needed.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Members of the Committee will hopefully gain further understanding of how tissue is obtained and looked after in research. Some insight into how using tissue can help to solve the problems associated with the different disorders being studied would also be gained.
Out of pocket expenses are paid and if someone doesn’t have transport, then we can arrange transport to pick up and take back home again.
Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource Committee Discussion
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