Collaborate with RD-TRC


The collaboration of like-minded organisations from the clinical sector and from industry is the RD-TRC’s raison d’être – because it engenders more focused research and helps all concerned to maximise the impact of our research investment. Most prominent among our partners are the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) and NIHR BioResource, which is instrumental in recruiting participants with rare diseases and their relatives.

NOCRI and the RD-TRC

The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure aims to maximise the value of the NIHR’s investment in clinical research, primarily by fostering collaboration by supporting the NIHR’s clinical research infrastructure throughout the UK by representing its interests with key partners, developing new ways to promote engagement with research partners and actively helping industry to get involved in rare disease research. The latter being one of the RD-TRC’s key strategic objectives.

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NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases and the RD-TRC

The NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases’s role is to enlist participants with rare diseases (and their relatives) as part of its overall mission to establish a comprehensive resource of people with specific rare diseases who are willing to take part and who can be recalled, with the following aims:

1. to identify casual variants
2. to improve the rate of diagnosis and,
3. to perform subsequent studies that validate possible novel treatments.

To date, the The NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases has recruited 6,500 of the target 11,000 participants into studies focused on the priority themes of Infection & Immunity, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Disease, and Rare Diseases itself, including Rare Cancers. But this is just the beginning – the intention is to cover a far wider spectrum of rare diseases. With that aim in mind, the The NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases is constantly recruiting, so if you have participants who fit the criteria and would benefit from Whole Genome Sequencing, or if you would simply like to find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, if you are a clinician-scientist and you are interested in applying for sequencing capacity through the NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases please contact us.

NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases website: