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.

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Common diseases

Common diseases affect more than 2% of the population, often across age groups. Our national-scale recruitment covers Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD),  Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases (IMID), Mental Health and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Our Common disease work

Rare diseases

We aim to identify genetic causes of rare diseases, so improving rates of diagnosis, and enabling studies to develop and validate treatments.

We recruit affected participants and their relatives across several disease areas, including infection and immunity, neuroscience, rare cancers and cardiovascular disease.

Our Rare disease work

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We have created the DNA, Children + Young People's Health Resource (D-CYPHR), with the aim of getting young people involved in research.

Since most research is carried out in adults, this research will help us understand the origins of disease, which often starts in childhood, as well as identify ways in which to prevent illnesses prior to adulthood.

Our D-CYPHR work


We have created a special COVID-19 BioResource to support the rapidly expanding research in this field.

Studies are already well underway, with some completed.  We have developed an application process specifically for those researching into COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 work

Want to make a difference?

If you join us, you are helping to speed the progress of medical research. Every one of us makes a difference.

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Healthy population

We are very grateful for the support and goodwill of our participants. Their help is vital to our ongoing success.

Please get in touch if you are willing to discuss taking part in a research study. We welcome enquiries from anyone with or without a health condition.

Our healthy population work