Taking part in a study

How will I be selected for a study?

Researchers working with the NIHR BioResource are trying to better understand how our genes influence our risk of disease. They do this by studying volunteers with different genetic variations, this is called genotype, and you may be selected on this basis.

Each research study has its own set of selection criteria for volunteer recruitment, including both genes and the characteristics they affect. Studies may also be interested in factors such as your health, lifestyle or medication(s). This information is used along with the DNA sample you provided when you joined, to help match you to research studies.

How will I be invited to take part? 

If you match the researchers criteria, NIHR BioResource will send you a letter with all the information about the study and what you’ll be required to do.

What happens if I can’t take part or don’t wish to?

You are free to choose if you’d like to take part. You are under no obligation and this will not affect invitations to future studies.

How many studies could I be invited to?

Volunteers can only take part in a maximum of four studies a year.

I’ve not been invited to a study, am I still helping?

If you are not called to take part in a study you are still helping researchers with their investigations through the data provided from your initial sample. Some researchers will only need to see the data from your blood sample.

Michael is a healthy volunteer; watch the short video below which follows Michael on his journey when he took part in his first clinical trial.

Find out more

If you would like to find out further information about the NIHR BioResource, please click the link below, to find the person to direct your enquiries to.