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Head of Ethical Tissue from University of Bradford to speak at the House of Lords

19 October 09

Head of Ethical Tissue,
Sandy Martin

Head of Ethical Tissue, Sandie Martin, at the University of Bradford, is to speak at a conference being held at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 to discuss the use of human tissue in medical research.

The conference, to be attended by members of the Houses of Commons and Lords, will focus on ways in which the use of human tissue in medical research can be improved and extended. Sandie Martin will be accompanied by members of the Ethical Tissue management team from the University and local MPs.

Despite advances in technology, over 90% of drugs fail during clinical trials, primarily because of concerns over safety or poor efficacy. Whilst human tissue, residual to surgery or transplants, can help researchers create safer more effective medicines, it is a vastly under-utilised resource with most tissues being incinerated rather than being offered to research.

The conference will examine the reasons why so little human tissue is used in research and how these barriers can be overcome. The goal of the conference is to bring experts from Government, industry, academia and tissue banks together to shape, in a positive way, the future of human tissue access in the UK.

Sandie Martin said: "I am delighted and honoured to be asked to speak at this event. Ethical Tissue has been operating for about a year and it is very satisfying to gain this level of recognition."

19 October 09

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