The Roslin Institute


TSE Resource Centre

TSEs (or prion diseases) of particular prominence in the UK are scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), with current emphasis on vCJD linked to BSE. World wide there are other recognised TSEs including kuru, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease(GSS), transmissible mink encephalopathy(TME) and chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The TSE Resource Centre, funded by the BBSRC, was established in 1998 to collect, store, characterise, produce and distribute a range of reagents, from monoclonal antibodies to infective materials. The primary role of the Centre is to supply a range of specialised research reagents needed for TSE research. By providing an infrastructure to produce sufficient amounts of quality reagents to meet the needs of users, not only has much of the un-funded workload and cost currently placed on individual laboratories been removed, but the reagents are available for prompt distribution. The Resource Centre is providing reagents to TSE researchers worldwide.

The Resource Centre welcomes TSE reagent donations

Donating reagents or teaching aids to the Resource Centre is no different in principle from making reagents available to other researchers. However the benefits to a donor are considerable, with the Resource Centre undertaking all the duties involved in distribution. If the reagent cannot be propagated at the Resource Centre a batch of aliquots could be donated. Donor's interests are protected by the Terms & Conditions , which must be accepted when a reagent is requested.

If you are willing to donate a reagent please contact the TSE Resource Centre at

For further information and pricing contact the TSE Resource Centre:

TSE Resource Centre,
Roslin Institute & R(D)SVS,
University of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh EH25 9PS,
Scotland, UK