Crucial to the
success of the hundreds of investigators working at UCL are the
world-class technical resources available across the range of
Platform Technologies supports research infrastructure across the School of Life and Medical Sciences.
The main aim of developing Biobanking at UCL is to maximise the value of data and biospecimen repositories across all campuses. Biobanking is now heavily relied upon Worldwide for advancing research into a vast variety of health problems and to develop new ideas, technology and knowledge.
Access to biorepositories and associated data is crucial to ongoing biomedical research. In order for large sample collections and data to be fully appreciated, ensuring the robust, accurate management of tissue and data repositories is vital.
By combining the resources already available at UCL in a rationalized model, the full potential of these sample and data sets in the development of new translational research ideas and advancement of personalised medicine can be realised, not only by those at UCL but by the wider research community.
UCL Genomics comprises several laboratories offering
complementary technologies and expertise in molecular biology, arrays
and sequencing services.
The UCL Research
Equipment Catalogue can now be accessed online. The Catalogue is a
searchable database containing information about all UCL’s major research
equipment and facilities.
Users can view information about each item (such as technical specifications and availability) and use an enquiry form to contact the equipment owner. It is possible to browse by department, facility and manufacturer or search by keyword.
The catalogue has been assembled by the Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research) in response to a requirement from Research Councils UK and new equipment funding guidelines. UCL is using the open source Kit-Catalogue software developed by Loughborough University to run the catalogue. It generally contains equipment of purchase value over £25k, although many lower-value items, which may be accessible for sharing, are also listed.