Culture Collections

Celebrating Biomedical Science Day 2018: Julie Russell shares her story

Julie Russell, Head of Culture Collections, shares her IBMS story starting with a six month placement in Ron Templeton’s microbiology laboratory at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral in 1983 

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Celebrating Biomedical Science Day 2018: Placement Interview

To celebrate IBMS Day 2018 we are re-visiting IBMS students that have trained within Culture Collection. Read this interview with Laura Eshmene describing her year in NCTC 

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Celebrating Biomedical Science Day 2018: Supporting IBMS Trainees

To celebrate IBMS Day 2018 we are re-visiting IBMS students that have trained within Culture Collection. Read about Ellie Hill, the 100th IBMS placement student at Public Health England 

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Why Choose Us?

Public Health England (PHE) is the custodian of four unique collections that consist of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance for use in medical science and laboratory healthcare.

All the collections are developed, managed and maintained by highly trained, dedicated staff who work in accordance with internationally recognised quality standards including certification to ISO 9001:2008.

Cultures from the collections are used by scientists who need to reassure themselves and others that the materials they are using are authentic, so the conclusions to their studies are valid and relevant. This is particularly important where research may lead to peer-reviewed publications, for example, in drug discovery and vaccine efficacy studies. Authenticated reference strains are also of paramount importance for clinical diagnostic testing, food, water and environmental microbiology testing and validation studies.

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ECACC

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Cell lines

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) maintains and supplies cell lines and their derivatives such as DNA, RNA and cDNA.

 

NCTC

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Bacteria

The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 5,000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.

 

NCPV

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Viruses

The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 700 viruses and viral nucleic acid.

 

NCPF

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Fungi

The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) maintains and supplies over 4000 fungal strains.

 

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