Newcastle Biobanks

Newcastle Bone and Joint Biobank

Newcastle Bone and Joint Biobank

We support biological studies of the mechanisms of joint destruction in musculoskeletal diseases.

There are more than 200 types of arthritis and rheumatic disease, and more than 7 million people in the UK have long-term health problems due to arthritis or a related condition. It is not only adults that are affected - one child in every 1000 has arthritis.

A number of the current research projects in our unit are looking at joint destruction and implant development and rely on the collection of tissue at the time of primary and revision surgery, alongside a blood sample. The tissue is routinely removed during the surgical procedure, as are failed implants, and ordinarily would be discarded and destroyed. However, this is very valuable material for understanding the progression of arthritis and the processes underlying joint replacement failure.

Curator details

Chief Investigator: Professor Drew Rowan


Access Policy

For access to tissues please contact the curator. 


Institute of Genetic Medicine
International Centre for Life 
Central Parkway 
Newcastle upon Tyne