Lord Dowding Fund for humane research


National Antivisection Society

The use of human tissue by LDF grantholders

Tissues, cells or organs for use by a current or potential LDF grant holder may be obtained from a living patient undergoing medical treatment, from a cadaver, or from a tissue bank such as the UK Human Tissue Bank.

Informed consent to the use of such tissues must be given by the research participant, past or present, or if not capable, their relative or carer. As a research funder, the Lord Dowding Fund ensures that prior to commencement of any research for which they have agreed funding in principal and which uses human tissues, ethical approval has been given by a government-recognised Research Ethics Committee.

It is the duty of the researcher to request ethical approval and of the research sponsor (e.g., the university employing the researcher) to ensure that ethical clearance has been obtained.

Although a guarantee by the research sponsor prior to commencement of the research that ethical clearance for the use of human tissues has been given is sufficient to assure the Lord Dowding Fund that the work is of a high standard and has been peer reviewed, the LDF may, in addition, require sight of the documentation from the relevant Research Ethics Committee to confirm this.

A research participant will donate his or her tissues in good faith. To this end the Lord Dowding Fund will only provide funding for a project which is of the highest quality. Ethical approval of the research is a guarantee to the LDF that it is of a high standard as the sponsor must ensure that it has been peer reviewed prior to ethical approval. The Lord Dowding Fund believes that the rights, safety and integrity of human patients, past or present, are paramount.

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