Research Tissue Bank

The Airwave Health Monitoring Study was given ethics approval to be a Research Tissue Bank in August 2013 within the Imperial College Healthcare Trust Tissue Bank umbrella. This status will apply retrospectively to all samples and data that have been collected.

If you have any queries or concerns about this please do not hesitate to email us at  [email protected] OR call us on 02075943249.

A tissue bank is an ethically approved collection of human tissue or other biological material, which is stored for potential research beyond the life of a specific project. The Airwave Study TB is registered as a sub collection under the Human Tissue Act (HTA) license held by Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank (ICHTB).

While the primary aim of the Airwave Study is to investigate long term health effects from the use of TETRA, the rich resource of samples and data also provides a valuable opportunity for broader research into common diseases affecting police officers and staff.

The primary aim of this tissue bank is to provide a resource for collaborative research aimed at devising new treatments and therapies for a range of medical conditions.  More information on the research projects will be published on our website.

If you give consent for long term storage, your samples will be included in the Tissue Bank.

The tissue bank sample and data will only be used for research after review at two levels. The Airwave Study Access Committee (which has representation from Police Federation) will review each application and make sure that it meets the terms of consent of the donors and passes a scientific evaluation. It will then be passed on to the ICHTB management committee, who will review the proposal for approval and make suitable recommendations for release of sample and data.

All sample or data given to third party researchers will always be anonymised and you will not be identifiable.

Your contact details will never be shared with any researcher without your consent.

If for some reason you wish to opt out of the Airwave study, then please write to the Airwave team at [email protected]  and they will administer your request. Your healthcare or legal rights will not be affected in anyway.

Please note that you should not feel obliged to withdrawn from the Study simply because you have left the police force or no longer use the Airwave radio; your contribution to the Study continues to be of value.

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