We can rapidly provide the components you need from our BioResource participant samples

BioResource biobanking

All samples are sent to the NIHR-funded National Biosample Centre (NBC) in Milton Keynes, for processing, storage and analysis. NBC provides a high-quality, high-capacity service for biomedical researchers. 

We extract DNA from blood or saliva donated by our participants. The DNA is quality controlled, banked  and then analysed to study genetic variation by genotyping. We also store plasma and serum from blood samples.

If you would like to know if our samples are suitable for your study please submit a query. We can also support selected studies.

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DNA  pipelines  

All DNAs will be genotyped, currently  using the  UKBiobank  v2.1 Axiom array.  Imputation of the genotyping data will also be available. 

If this does not cover the  variant(s)  of  research  interest  then a KASP assay  (a PCR based assay for 1 SNP) can be arranged on a relevant selection of our holdings.  8,000 of our Rare Disease participants have whole genome sequencing (WGS) data available. 

Six blood sample tubes, illustration

Available sample lists

By cohort 

Rare diseases

  • more than 50 projects recruiting from a wide range of clinical specialities

Common diseases

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases (IMID)
  • Mental Health (GLAD and EDGI)
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Healthy population (population controls)

These include INTERVAL, COMPARE and STRIDES blood donor studies

By type


  • from blood (Rare Disease, IBD, IMID, NAFLD and healthy population themes)
  • from saliva (Mental Health theme and some healthy population participants)



Do you have any questions?

Please contact us