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IDB Permissions

'Approvals'

The Infectious Diseases Biobank (IDB) has approval to recruit donations from patients with any infectious or inflammatory condition attending routine clinic visits and healthy controls of any age to donate research samples (blood, urine, faeces) or residual diagnostic samples (any type) from clinics anywhere in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. These ethical permissions were provided by the Southampton and Southwest Hampshire Local Research Ethics Committee (LREC) B (09/H0504/39) and tissue samples are stored under the provisions of a Human Tissue Authority research license to the Guy’s Hospital Campus (#12521). All samples are donated with informed ‘open’/’generic’ consent meaning that they can be used for virtually any type of medical research project: the only exceptions being studies on cosmetics, reproduction, stem cells, contraception or animal research.

IDB Governance and Ethics Committees

The Governance Committee (GC) assesses the scientific integrity and uses devolved powers to act as an LREC for studies proposing to use IDB samples. Thus, researchers need only submit a two page form and, if approved, require no other ethical permissions or an HTA license for the duration of their study. GC members are not permitted to vote on scientific or ethical proposals that they are party too. The GC currently comprises of:

  • Dr J. Cason (Chair, IDB Director)
  • Dr Z. Kozlakidis (IDB Manager)
  • Professor M. Malim (Head of Department of Infectious Diseases KCL)
  • Professor M. Peakman (representative of the cBRC NIHR funding body)
  • Dr W.Tong (Consultant Virologist)
  • Dr J. Edgeworth (Consultant Microbiologist)
  • Dr B. Peters (Consultant Physician)
  • Dr J. Fox (Consultant Physician)
  • Dr F. Post (Consultant Physician)
  • The Rev. Dr J. Philpott-Howard (Consultant Microbiologist)
  • Patient’s representative: TBC
  • Dr C. Ball (Consultant Paediatrician)
  • Ms A.Sharp (HIV Research Manager, contributes to the LREC panel)
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