Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research (OCHRe) is an integrated service-driven facility that enables access to equipment and methodologies for research, and importantly the expertise essential for the generation and interpretation of reliable and reproducible results.

OCHRe is closely linked to the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank (ORB) and acts as a gateway for access to myriad specimen collections held in Oxford. They also work closely with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Department of Cellular Pathology to facilitate access to diagnostic archive material both for clinical trials and for specifically approved research projects.

The ORB and OCHRe are supported by the University of Oxford, the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Digital Pathology theme, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Oxford Cancer Centre, National Institute for Health Research Thames Valley and South Midlands Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and Research Capability Funding (NIHR RCF).

Services currently available through OCHRe:

  • Tissue processing, cassetting and wax embedding
  • Retrieval and replacement of blocks and slides
  • Case selection
  • Microtomy and cryotomy (frozen section cutting)
  • Staining – histochemical and immunohistochemical
  • Tissue microarray building, hosting and sectioning
  • Slide scanning
  • Scoring and assessment of stained tissue sections
  • Data provision
  • Processing of bloods to derivatives such as plasma, serum or buffy coat


OCHRe has advised DART on processes and documentation.

To learn more about them please visit their website.