When you Join
At your first appointment
You will be asked to donate a small sample of blood or saliva from which your DNA can be extracted. We also ask you to sign a consent form and complete a short questionnaire and data collection sheet. Your DNA sample together with the information you provide determines which research studies you are invited to. You are free to decide which type of sample you donate but it is worth noting that blood samples provide us with more information so if you donate blood you may be invited to a wider range of research studies than if you donate saliva. However, if you prefer not to donate blood or are unable to do so then giving a saliva sample is a good alternative method of joining.
Providing a blood sample
If you wish to donate a blood sample we can arrange an appointment for you with a research nurse. You only need to provide a small sample of less than 30 ml (2 tablespoons) to join NIHR BioResource. This will not affect your next donation if you are a registered blood donor. Your blood is used to isolate your DNA and other components, such as sera and plasma, which can be used for measuring biomarkers (indicators of cellular function and health status).
Providing a saliva sample
You can provide a saliva sample using a self-collection saliva kit. The saliva sample you provide will be used to isolate your DNA. The benefit of a self–collection kit is that you can donate your sample in your own time, in the comfort of your own home. We can send you a saliva kit with full instructions and a freepost envelope for its return. Saliva kits also include all of the paperwork required to complete your enrolment to NIHR BioResource, including a consent form. A counter-signed copy of your consent form will be returned to you once we receive your sample.