A new COVID BioResource has been created to support research. Although based in Cambridge all BioResource Centres will be able to join in this important research.
Participants provide blood samples and nasal swabs, as well as consent to access their health records and completion of a short mental health questionnaire. Blood samples will undergo detailed analysis to assess immune responses to infection, in order to understand the determinants of disease course and severity. Combining these data with health records and genomic information will enable researchers to assess physical and mental health outcomes of infection. All ages are covered.
There is also a specific mental health study looking at the implications of COVID19 in over 16s in collaboration with the Maudsley BioResource and GLAD and EDGI studies.
Recruitment and Recall
Projects access existing members of the BioResource but also attract new members. This increases the cohort and the wealth of knowledge available.
Identifying a group of suitable volunteers can take months, sometimes years, depending on the nature of the project.
Using the BioResource can speed up the process, finding the particular cohorts that are needed, via access to our national resource of volunteers. Researchers can ask for selections based on their genotype and phenotype.
The support of our volunteers enables us to offer researchers help with their research. Their support and goodwill are vital to our ongoing success and we are very grateful for their commitment and enthusiasm.