Oxford Musculoskeletal Biobank

Oxford Musculoskeletal Biobank (OMB) is a licensed Research Tissue Bank geared towards collecting, processing and storing musculoskeletal biosamples for research undertaken at the Nuffield Orthopaedics Centre, and by the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences. OMB also supports external research groups fostering collaborative work with other institutes across the UK.

OMB was established with the aim to make biobanking an integral part of patient care. By creating a large resource of samples with associated data, OMB supports clinical trials and other research studies that improve patient care and treatment.

Resource Details

  • Large collection of samples including, whole blood, serum, plasma, urine, bone, cartilage, tendon, muscle, joint implants collected from patients treated at the Nuffield Orthopaedics Centre.
  • Access to anonymised data related to the samples, e.g. demographics, clinical history, follow-up questionnaires.
  • Sample hosting service in HTA-compliant facilities with monitored -80°freezers.
  • Fresh-frozen and paraffin-embedded samples stored in dedicated filing systems and fixed specimens in catalogued areas.


OMB enables access to samples, data and other services on successful application. Requests must conform to the OMB management protocol, which outlines the nature of research that is permissible under the OMB ethics approval. Applications can be made via the myRAS system for researchers based within the University of Oxford, or by submitting an access request form. For more information please refer to the NDORMS website.