The VAMP research study gives investigators the opportunity to access anonymised biological samples such as blood, urine and saliva. To apply to use these samples in your research you must complete the VAMP Proforma and apply to access the tissue bank via our Cambridge Clinical Research Centre (CCRC) Scientific Advisory Board. Applications must include the study protocol and be accompanied by all relevant approvals (e.g. ethic commitee, MHRA and local R&D confirmation of capacity and capability). To be eligible for approval to receive human tissue from the CCRC for a specific study, you would need to refer to the VAMP tissue bank within your IRAS application forms and have received ethical approval. You may also be eligible to receive tissue from us if you hold a Human Tissue Act licence coverig the handling and processing of that sample. If your department lies outside of Cambridge University Hospitals or Cambridge University, you will need a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) with the CCRC. Although the CCRC lies within the CUH Human Tissue Licence, we do not store processed samples for more than 7 days and there may be costs incurred for specific sample processing.
Email: Dr Laura Watson if you have any questions.