Scleroderma and Raynaud’s Research Tissue Bank

The Scleroderma and Raynaud's Research Bank was set up in 2009 with the support of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Consisting of DNA, serum, skin biopsies, calcinotic lumps and anonymised clinical and demographic data, this represents an important clinical resource in investigations of the cellular and molecular pathobiology and pathophysiology of systemic sclerosis and primary Raynaud's phenomenon, including genetic studies to define genotypes (a person's genetic makeup) that might be involved in pathogenesis (disease development).

The University of Manchester acts as the custodian of donated samples and data and issues such as consent, confidentiality and security of data are guided by the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the University research governance framework.

All samples and data are treated with respect, with total confidentiality and in accordance with donor consent.