Newcastle Biobank

Human Developmental Biology Resource

Human Developmental Biology Resource

The Human Developmental Biology Resource (HDBR) has ethics to collect, store and distribute all products of conception (embryonic, fetal and placental).

The HDBR is an ongoing collection of human embryonic and fetal material ranging from four to 16 weeks of development.

Donations of tissue are made entirely voluntarily by women undergoing termination of pregnancy. Donors are asked to give explicit written consent for the fetal material to be collected, and only after they have been counselled about the termination of their pregnancy.

We make every effort to make sure that optimal use is made of donated tissue, both in terms of the aims and quality of the research for which it is used and avoidance of duplication or wastage.

We have generic ethical approval as a tissue bank from Newcastle and North Tyneside 1 LREC to issue samples to projects which do not hold their own ethical approval. For more information please visit the HDBR website. 

Curator details

Biobank Manager: Dr Steve Lisgo


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Access Policy

For access to samples please contact


Human Developmental Biology Resource
Institute of Genetic Medicine
International Centre for Life
Newcastle upon Tyne