ShARM is a not for profit organisation, open to all scientific investigators in the UK and overseas, aiming to accelerate research into ageing by facilitating the sharing of resources. ShARM provides immediate and cost effective access to aged murine models and their tissues, and promotes the networking for researchers via its online collaborative environment. It is funded by Wellcome Trust and works in partnership with MRC Harwell and The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA).

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Wild type
  • BALB/cAnNHsd
  • C57BL/6J
  • C57BL/6JBabr
  • C57BL/6N
  • C57BL/Icrfat
  • C57BL/6J - αBCrystallin +/+
  • C57BL/6J - HSP70
  • C57BL/6J-HSP10/60
Tissues available
Method of fixation
  • Flash frozen in Ln2 and stored at -80°C
  • Formalin fixed, paraffin embedded
Age range
  • 1 - 33 months
No. of tissues
  • 23,000



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Statement of support from BBSRC & MRC

ShARM will provide valuable resources for the scientific community while helping to reduce the number of animals used in vital research into ageing. The biobank of tissue and networking facility will enable scientists to access shared research material and data. By making use of collective resources, the number of individual animals required in research experiments can be minimised. The project also has the added value of helping to reduce the costs of research by connecting scientists, pooling resource and combining knowledge.

Customer feedback

Using tissues from ShARM has saved us time and money and has been invaluable in pursuing our research on ageing metabolism without the need for additional animal models.

Dr James Brown, Lecturer in Ageing Metabolism, Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing, Aston University

Our laboratory has both donated and used tissues from the ShARM biorepository. The tissues we have obtained from ShARM were of excellent quality and allowed us to generate preliminary data for grant applications and complete work for 2 publications.

Donna Daly, University of Sheffield