Researchers wishing to use the materials in the CTB should register with the CTB Portal to access a comprehensive database of samples that are available and to prepare and submit an application to access the tissue bank. The biomaterials and research data in the CTB are available to researchers of approved projects anywhere in the world.
By using the search facility in the CTB Portal, a researcher can define the type of sample and/or data required and obtain an instant read out of the availability of samples and data that match the search criteria. Applications submitted via the Portal are reviewed and, once approved, biomaterials are sourced and shipped to the researcher. Samples are provided free of charge but shipping costs will be charged to the researchers. Access to research data, if requested, will be made available.
Researchers are strongly encouraged to publish their data and are asked to ensure that the CTB is acknowledged in any publications arising from their study. Publications arising from the use of CTB materials are listed here. The aim of the CTB is to maximise the value of the research data derived from the unique tissue collection and researchers are therefore required to submit their research data to the CTB Data Warehouse. Once the data has been published other researchers may apply to the CTB to access the data.
The CTB will normally correspond with researchers if their project addresses similar questions, or is likely to produce results that complement other studies. Projects which have used, or are using, CTB materials are listed here.
More information about the CTB is summarised in the Fact Sheet (click here for access to the Fact Sheet). Some useful links to other organisations supporting thyroid cancer research or involved with tissue banking can be found here.