The NIHR BioResource is a resource of over 100,000 volunteers, both with and without health conditions, who are willing to be approached to take part in research studies. With the capacity to support more studies, the BioResource is looking for eligible research projects to sign up and use the service.
The NIHR BioResource speeds up the process of the study recruitment by targeting specific cohorts of people based on the data, samples and health-related information provided and according to study criteria provided by researchers. Each volunteer has provided a blood or saliva sample and completed a health questionnaire to match them to relevant studies.
Applications are considered for studies looking to recruit participants based on their genotype and/or phenotype and will be reviewed by the NIHR BioResource Scientific Advisory Board. If approved, the BioResource will work with the research team to ensure that the ethics submission and volunteer paperwork are in line with recruitment via the BioResource before screening their extensive database and inviting eligible volunteers to take part in the study.
There are eight NIHR BioResource centres located across Cambridge, Leicester, London, Newcastle and Oxford.