Young People's Role in Research

It’s important that we understand why some young people get sick and others do not, and the BioResource is asking young people who aren’t sick, as well as those who have illnesses, to help with research.


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Steps to joining the NIHR Young People’s BioResource

We are asking schools in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Birmingham to help us ask young people that are 11 to 15 years old to join the BioResource. In the future, we will ask schools and hospitals all over England to help us find young people who would like to join and take part in exciting research. If you and your parent/guardian decide to take part, here are the steps you will take:

Saliva Samples

Although other BioResource programmes might be asking for a blood sample, the recruitment of Young People to the BioResource through schools is only asking you to provide a saliva sample. If you decide to take part, we will send you a saliva pot and you will be asked to spit into it. Then, your parent/guardian will post it back to us in the provided pre-addressed and pre-paid postage box and we will be able to look at the DNA in your spit.

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Agreeing to Take Part

It is very important that both you, and your parent/guardian, are happy for you to take part in the BioResource. After you attend the information session, your parent/guardian will be asked to give permission for you to take part by signing a form – this is called giving ‘consent’. You will also be asked if you are happy to take part – this is called giving ‘assent’. If your parent/guardian does not give permission you will not be contacted about taking part.

Stopping Taking Part

You and your parent/guardian can change your mind about taking part at any time and you don’t have to tell us why. If you would like to stop taking part, you can email us at or click this link and follow the steps.

You can download a PDF version of the following information here for 9-12 years and here for 13-15 years.

Find out more & register your interest

Let us know if you are interested in taking part or would like more information on the Young People’s BioResource. Contact us at: Please email using the link or copy and paste our address into your email.

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