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Bringing people together and leading research 

We are a partnership of volunteers, researchers, clinicians and others in hospitals, charities, patient groups, universities and companies, working together to search for the causes of disease and for new treatments.

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Our 150,000 participants are at the heart of our work to understand the cause of disease and to develop better diagnosis and improved treatments.

Everyone who volunteers makes the most important contribution to the search for better diagnosis and treatment. Without participants, research cannot progress.

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A participant's story 

Sally explains why she joined the BioResource and how everyone benefits from her volunteering. 

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Our cohorts

We work with key cohorts of participants in rare diseases, common diseases and healthy populations. Due to the specialist work needed to support COVID research we have a special section for that too.  Every participant and each cohort plays a vital role in our efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Our cohorts

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How we are governed 

How do we provide the best value to our researchers, our participants and to medicine? 

Governance and ethics

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Our studies

Our participants make the difference in our studies to understand and improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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In just a few minutes ... what happens and why

Our three-minute guide to what being a participant means - for you and for medical research