Welcome to RD-TRC Training & Development

In-depth phenotyping requires the correlation of clinical assessment with the analysis of routine and specialist investigations, sometimes using novel and innovative technology – it takes a clinician with specialist knowledge to assimilate that information into a defined phenotype.

To develop these skills, the RD-TRC is fostering a unique training environment, including building capacity, supporting bespoke rare disease training within our partners in the NIHR and opening up networking opportunities. All these expose trainees to the skills and tools needed to build a successful career in rare disease research.

Providing funding for PhD Studentships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

We provide funding for clinical trainees at both postdoctoral and PhD level, who are either supported directly as RD-TRC clinical fellows or who are working in support of clinical studies in rare diseases across the research themes and disease areas.

The clinical trainees and clinical fellows are hosted by the academic partner of the relevant NIHR BRC/BRU/CRF, and supervised by NIHR investigators with a specialist interest in the rare disease. We will also support trainees taking other relevant master degrees (for example in computational biology, bioinformatics, e-health informatics) and training research fellows who wish to study for a PhD in the field.

We help them to take relevant higher degrees, linked to the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) and through a national steering group, which is chaired by Professor Dave Jones in his capacity as NIHR National Training Lead and Lead of the Gastro-Intestinal theme. Theme leads, clinical trainees and core RD-TRC operational staff are all represented on the steering committee.

Mentored by senior academics, these clinical research fellows will provide the skills necessary to deliver in-depth phenotyping and thereby to build capacity for future rare diseases research.


Capacity building
Providing funding for trainees and opportunities for research.
Researcher profiles
Find out more about our fellows and clinical trainees working in rare disease.
News and training events
For news and events, supported by the NIHR Rare Disease Translational Research Collaboration, which are of interest to clinical research fellows and trainees.
Training forum
A platform to network and communicate with NIHR clinical trainees and fellows across the rare disease themes.

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