NIHR Clinical Research Network: Genetics
The Genetics specialty is one of 30 specialties which provide
national networks of topic-specific expertise. These specialties
are key to the success of the Clinical Research Network (CRN). They
work at both national and local levels to ensure the successful
delivery of research within their specialties. This means ensuring
that studies are delivered to target and on time.
The purpose of the Genetics specialty is to help drive research
into genetic disorders and malformations.
This covers topics such as:
- Rare diseases
- Causes and prevention of birth defects
- Common disorders such as familial cancer and genetic approaches
to their treatment and prevention.
Many genetic disorders are extremely rare. The national approach
made possible by the NIHR CRN portfolio facilitates rare disease
research. The specialty encourages research in such areas as it can
lead to better understanding of these diseases and could
potentially save lives all over the world. Projects are led by NHS
clinical geneticists, genetic health care scientists, genetic
counsellors, nurses and clinicians and academics in other
specialties with an interest in genetic health care.
Genetics links into all areas of medicine, which makes it
essential that the Genetics specialty works closely with other
The national specialty actively manages the Genetics Research
Portfolio through regular progress review identifying barriers to
recruitment and actions to support these studies. The group
also supports Investigators with their new research studies by
supporting them in the set-up and delivery processes. For
further information please contact Dr Gill Borthwick,
National Research Coordinator of the Genetics specialty or your
Regional Genetics Specialty Member.