Biospecimens and data

Mesobank  supports biomedical research directly concerned with asbestos related disease diagnosis and treatment

Research we support

Mesobank  supports biomedical research directly concerned with asbestos related disease diagnosis and treatment.  Biomedical research encompasses a wide range of disciplines including diagnostic testing, the development of biomarkers, pharmacokinetic studies, the development of novel therapies and genetic and genomic sequencing.

Listed below are research organisations eligible to apply to Mesobank for supply of samples or data for research. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome enquires from organisations that do not necessarily fit into one of the stated groups.

Prior to supplying tissue or data, Mesobank staff will ensure that all necessary procedures are in place at the recipient centre in order to use the donated samples safely and responsibly. Methods for recording, storing, tracking and disposing of donated samples will also be reviewed to enable future audit.

If required, Mesobank will recommend methods of safe handling, storage and disposal of human tissue and ways to maximise the usefulness of each donated sample

Eligible organisations

Research organisations eligible to receive samples or data donated to Mesobank

  • The NHS or equivalent health care institutions in other countries
  • Universities and associated academic research institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Contract Research Organisations
  • Biotech companies

Types of research eligible for support from Mesobank

Mesobank currently supports biomedical research in the following areas:

  • Basic science including cell signalling, metabolism, absorption, distribution, toxicology and excretion studies.
  • Genetic research including genomic sequencing
  • Drug discovery and target identification for novel therapies and diagnostic testing
  • Evaluation of optimised conditions for use of human tissue in vitro including evaluation of optimal processing, storage and transport
  • Generation of new mesothelioma cell lines

Please note that Mesobank does not supply material for animal-related work