NIHR Clinical Research Network

Genetics is one of 30 specialties within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), bringing together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners.

There are over 7000 rare genetic disorders collectively affecting 1 person in 17. Our national approach gives us access to enough participants with a particular condition to make a research project feasible. This is especially important as the emphasis on research shifts from diagnosis of genetic diseases to developments of treatments such as gene therapy.

We ensure that genetics studies included on the national research portfolio are delivered successfully in the NHS. We also support and add value to studies led by other CRN specialties.

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