Using our BioResource

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You can screen our samples from more than 200,000 participants for your genes or variants of interest before you select participants.

If you tailor participants, studies into the causes of many diseases that previously would have proven too costly or time-consuming can become achievable. 

See our current studies

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Academic Researchers 

Select participants based on defined characteristics, refine your analysis and increase your success rate.

Academic researchers from around the world have made significant discoveries using samples and data from our unique BioResource participants, with their defined genotypes and phenotypes. 

Support for Academics

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Industry Researchers 

Providing access to our unique participants, the BioResource is designed to make your research and development more efficient.

With a single consent, a single repository, and a single database, our samples and data have been developed to accelerate discovery in your disease research.

Working with Industry

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Our cohorts

Our cohorts cover these main areas: Common Diseases, Rare Diseases and    Healthy Populations . Due to the specialist work needed to support COVID research we have a special section for that too.

About our cohorts

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Our support for you

Are you interested in obtaining NIHR BioResource support for your study?

Finding study support

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

Studies and Publications using the BioResource

Our approved studies have led to significant scientific publications: 

we have supported hundreds of studies and publications

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NIHR BioResource for ill children 

The study shows genetic conditions are frequent in intensively ill children. DNA sequencing might be a first-line diagnostic tool for some intensively ill children. Recruiting families to the Rare Disease BioResource might help with care for patients and their families.  

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Genomes and coronavirus

The NIHR BioResource is partnering with GenOMICC and Genomics England and others to study the genetic code of thousands of patients severely ill with coronavirus. The work will indicate whether a person’s genetics may influence their susceptibility to the virus.

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Get in touch

We welcome enquiries:

You can call us on  0800 090 22 33 or email us at

Our 18 centres across England welcome enquiries

Interested in working with us?  See our careers page