Centres & Programmes

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Our 18 NIHR BioResource centres throughout England provide local interaction and support and recruit new volunteers.

Our Programmes are major initiatives between Centres and partners to tackle specific health conditions.

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BioResource Centres

Our network of Centres spans England, recruiting participants for the national BioResource. Some Centres also specialise in areas of local expertise.

Our Centres are staffed by teams who are highly skilled in recruitment, sample preparation and medical science.

Each BioResource Centre is connected to local National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) supported infrastructure such as a Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) or Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

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BioResource Programmes

Coordinated by our Centres, our BioResource Programmes build on our strengths to make a difference in a specific disease area.

All our Programmes welcome participants from across England with some able to recruit volunteers from the rest of the UK.

NIHR BioResource Headquarters

Find your nearest centre below:






London, Barts

London, GOSH

London, Imperial

London, Maudsley

London, Moorfields

London, UCLH





Oxford Health



COVID-19 BioResource: working with committed and passionate researchers and participants, we are involved in coronavirus cutting edge research.

IBD BioResource: a national platform designed to expedite research into Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

IMID BioResource: helping research into Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases and the factors that determine severity.

Mental Health BioResource: research that aims to improve our understanding of different mental illnesses and identify new and better treatments.

NAFLD BioResource: a partnership that aims to identify new disease mechanisms and potential targets for treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Rare Diseases BioResource:  we identify genetic causes of rare diseases, to improve diagnosis and to support work to develop and validate treatments. Our work will improve care for those with rare diseases and support their families.

Young People's BioResource: dedicated specifically to research which will help children and young people.


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Our cohorts

Our cohorts cover three main areas: common diseases, rare diseases, and healthy population.  Due to the specialist work needed to support COVID research we have a special section for that too.

Our cohorts pages

How we help

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participants have joined us to help uncover the causes of disease 

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research publications since 2009 supported by the BioResource and our participants

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samples that help researchers in their work to tackle disease