The NIHR BioResource is a panel of over 200,000 highly characterised healthy volunteers and patients with common and rare diseases, signed up to participate in health research.
It was developed to accelerate discovery in disease research through a streamlined process
The NIHR BioResource can help you identify and recruit individuals who are tailored to your clinical trial by enabling access to well characterised groups of individuals by genotype and or phenotype. Companies can also receive advice, support and feedback from key opinion leaders, clinicians and academics working in your field of research.
Industry partners can apply to the NIHR BioResource through:
Collaborations with a Principal Investigator at one of the UK Biomedical Research Centres
Commercial agreements with the NIHR BioResource, which would include an initial setup study fee as well as costs associated with volunteers’ enrolment and sample collection/shipment.
The NIHR Biosample Centre provides a high quality, high capacity service for biomedical researchers engaged in studies that include the collection, processing, storage and analysis of biological samples from their volunteers and patients. The Biosample Centre operates on a fee for service basis for customers and can provide an end-to-end solution or flexible approach to your sampling needs.
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Tissue Directory is a free online resource that catalogues the different types of human sample resources across the UK (biobank, cohort, biorepository, clinical trial etc). It’s the only of its kind that covers all regions, sample types and disease areas.
The UKCRC Tissue Directory has characterized over 180 sample resources, hosting over 400 sample collections, covering 136 diseases and counting. Researchers can search the directory by gender, age, and disease, to either find banked samples or resources that can acquire bespoke collections.
CPRD provides a secure service that enables researchers to obtain high-quality, anonymised primary care records for many different types of health research such as outcomes research, epidemiology and randomised controlled trials. CPRD data and services can be highly tailored to meet your specific research needs.
Data costs are charged at a fixed rate depending upon which data sources are required and the complexity of linkage.
ScanMedicine is a comprehensive database of clinical trials and medical devices information, allowing users to understand what research is in progress in their area of interest and what new medicines, devices and diagnostics are on the horizon.
The free resource, developed by the NIHR Innovation Observatory collates information from 11 major health databases across the globe and presents up-to-date search results in an accessible format.
This intelligence can help users to better understand where the gaps are in healthcare research, to stimulate innovation and support decision making.
CRIS and D-CRIS provide rapid access to pseudonymised mental health clinical records held in NHS Trust systems. This enables searching of structured and unstructured, free-form clinical data, supplemented by a range of text-mining apps. This allows authorised researchers to swiftly investigate hypotheses and define annonymised patient cohorts.
Growing numbers of patients have additionally given pre-consent to be contacted about research projects from information in their records, allowing targeted recruitment for trials and observational studies.
A technical and academic team is available to support CRIS study design and database assembly, and with robust ethics and governance structures already in place, lead times from idea to analysis can be very short.
Access to CRIS is only through collaboration with authorised CRIS researchers.
For more information and to find out about how to collaborate with CRIS researchers visit the CRIS web pages.
Health Data Research UK, the national institute for health data science, unites the UK's health data to enable discoveries, enhancing health and care research endeavours through access to large scale data and advanced analytics. The HDR UK Innovation Gateway is your portal to health data and tools for research.
With over 600 datasets listed, the Gateway can help you search and discover health datasets from across the UK, including exclusive datasets not available elsewhere.
The Gateway lists a broad range of health datasets in different disciplines from across the UK – including data related to COVID-19, emergency care, cardiovascular, and maternal health and beyond. Datasets cover primary care, secondary care, acute care, palliative care, biobanks, research cohorts and deeply phenotyped cohorts with new datasets being added all the time.