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Sample submission guidelines

Blood requirements

  • For adults, adolescents and children aged between 7 and 12 years of age, two 6 ml EDTA tubes are preferred.
  • For children under 6 years of age, one 6 ml EDTA tube is sufficient whilst for children under 2 years of age only one 3 ml EDTA tube is required.
  • Ideally, plastic vacutainers should be used. If this is not possible, all samples should be placed in leak proof tubes such as falcon tubes or tubes with "o" rings and securely wrapped in parafilm.
  • Blood can be shipped at room temperature if appropriate protective boxes / tubes are to be used. The use of a reliable courier is recommended although Royal Mail first class is fine.
  • When submitting frozen blood samples, please submit on dry ice, using a reliable courier and ensure that there is sufficient dry ice to last for the duration of the transfer.

Sera / plasma requirements

  • When sending EDTA plasma / serum, at least 2 ml should be submitted although up to 5 ml is preferable. After the sample is taken and the plasma / serum has been obtained by centrifugation, it should be stored at -80°C immediately.
  • All samples should be placed in leak proof tubes such as falcon tubes or tubes with "o" rings and securely wrapped in parafilm.
  • Plasma / serum samples should be shipped on dry ice using a reliable courier, overnight. Ensure that there is sufficient dry ice to last for the duration of the transfer.

Saliva requirements

  • Saliva samples should be submitted at room temperature and should be collected using the Oragene saliva kit by DNA Genotek. These self-collection kits can be obtained from the NIHR BioResource Office for Rare Diseases at sa487@medschl.cam.ac.uk or on + 44(0)1223 ‐ 588189 for more information.

IMPORTANT

All samples should be placed in leak proof tubes and securely wrapped in parafilm.


Further Shipping Guidelines

  • Pack carefully to avoid breakages and leaks
  • Do not ship samples on a Thursday or Friday to avoid samples arriving over the weekend.
  • When samples are dispatched, it is important that the laboratory should be notified by email. See contact details.
  • Any sample manifests if required, should be sent electronically to the laboratory contact person below before shipping.
  • A printed packing note should also be enclosed with the samples (see attached file ) so that sample imports can be identified.

Samples should be shipped to:

Jennifer Jolley
CATGO
Department of Haematology
University of Cambridge & NHS Blood and Transplant
Long Road
Cambridge
CB2 0PT
UK

Contact details

For further information or queries regarding sample requirements / shipping, contact:

Jennifer Jolley, University of Cambridge and NHSBT
Phone +44(0)1223 ‐ 58 8074, e-mail jdm55@cam.ac.uk

Abi Crisp-Hihn, University of Cambridge and NHSBT
Phone +44(0)1223 ‐ 58 8074, e-mail ac602@cam.ac.uk

To obtain study barcodes contact:

NIHR BioResource Office for Rare Diseases: 
Tony Attwood,
University of Cambridge and NHSBT, 
e-mail ta275@medschl.cam.ac.uk

All other enquiries regarding the study can be directed to:

NIHR BioResource Office for Rare Diseases:
Dr Sofia Papadia
University of Cambridge and NHSBT,
Phone +44(0)1223 ‐ 58 8727, e-mail sp605@medschl.cam.ac.uk