News & Press Releases

Cancer Research Open Day at Queen’s University Belfast

Staff from the Northern Ireland Biobank took part in the second Cancer Research Open Day at Queen’s University Belfast, hosted by the Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology on Saturday 22 October 2016. The event was well attended and again allowed the public to see at first-hand how researchers in Belfast are helping to combat cancer.

Northern Ireland Biobank welcomed the opportunity to give short tours of the biobank facility to explain how the biobank works for the better health of patients through the provision of high quality human tissue samples to local researchers.


Meet the new Operational Manager of the Northern Ireland Biobank: Dr Claire Lewis

The Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB) have appointed Dr Claire Lewis as their new Operational Manager. Claire will be responsible for the day to day operational activity of the NIB to ensure effective and efficient banking of high quality samples and data for use in clinical translational research.

Claire will establish networks within clinical areas to facilitate regional expansion of the NIB and will lead the NIB’s involvement in national and international forums and networks to enhance integrated biobanking practices, particularly for the development and assessment of quality assurance procedures. Part of her remit will also be to raise the public profile of the NIB working with the existing NIB team to deliver a robust PPI engagement programme.

Claire joins the NIB from her post as lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB. Prior to that she worked as a clinical research nurse for the NIB.

She can be contacted on or 028 90972804.


The Stratified Medicine Consortium hosted an event for oncology nurses in the CCRCB

The Stratified Medicine Consortium hosted an event for oncology nurses in the QUB Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on Wednesday 26 April 2016 to demonstrate how research in Northern Ireland is having a global impact and how Stratified Medicine aims to personalise bowel cancer treatment by matching patients to the most effective therapies.

NIB CRN, Lesley Hutton, was on hand to welcome visitors and explain the key role the Northern Ireland Biobank plays in this. The keynote speech was given by Professor Mark Lawler who provided an interesting update on current developments in laboratory research and the work of The Stratified Medicine programme.

Afterwards the nurses had a tour of the CCRCB research laboratories, including the Northern Ireland Molecular Pathology Laboratory and the Northern Ireland Biobank, to see the type of research being undertaken.

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