NIHR BioResource

Panel of over 100,000 highly characterised healthy volunteers and patients with common and rare diseases, who are willing to be approached to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease. Volunteers who join the NIHR BioResource donate their DNA via a blood or saliva sample which is used together with other information (e.g. gender, ethnicity, health records), to match them to specific research studies. Genotyping information via high density array is available for over half of the BioResource panel. Volunteers are free to choose which studies they would like to take part in, allowing the BioResource to provide researchers with groups of participants, tailor-made to the research study. Volunteers can currently be recruited from the thirteen existing BioResource centres located in Birmingham, Cambridge, Exeter, Leicester, London (at Barts Health, King’s College London Guys and St Thomas’, King’s College London South London and Maudsley, Moorfields and University College London), Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. Patient cohorts and research studies: The NIHR BioResource supports studies led by Academics, Clinicians and Industry partners including, but not exclusively, in the fields of autoimmune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. As well as healthy volunteers, the NIHR BioResource has enrolled over 10,000 patients with Rare Diseases, and has cohorts of patients with cardiovascular diseases, mental health conditions, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (the aim is to recruit 25,000 IBD patients). New patient cohorts are continuously being added. Industry partners may encounter a cost to access BioResource volunteers. A detailed cost for Industry-led studies through commercial agreements can be found at:


  • Ability to recontact
  • Data analytics

Bespoke collection capabilities:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (disorder)
  • Depressive disorder (disorder)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Fibromyalgia (disorder)
  • Fit and well
  • Hyperlipidemia (disorder)
  • Hypertensive disorder, systemic arterial (disorder)
  • Hypothyroidism (disorder)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (disorder)
  • Ischemic heart disease (disorder)
  • Migraine (disorder)
  • Multiple sclerosis (disorder)
  • Parkinson's disease (disorder)

Contact Information


NIHR BioResource, Box 299
University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Hills Road

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A