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The NIHR COVID-19 BioResource has been established to support sample, data and recall studies into COVID-19. Biological samples, genomic information, health and lifestyle information and linked healthcare records are available to approved researchers through the normal NIHR BioResource application process.

NIHR COVID-19 BioResource participants are being recruited from patients admitted to participating NHS trusts with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and from consenting NHS staff during routine COVID-19 screening. This will provide an extensive resource of COVID-19 positive and negative cases, with details on symptom severity, recovery time and outcome available on all samples. Biological samples from BioResource COVID-19 participants will be processed and analysed in specialist containment facilities in the newly opened Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID).

The NIHR COVID-19 BioResource will also focus on recruiting COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital who are under the age of 16. We will work alongside Paediatric Intensive Care Units across the country to enrol young patients, as well as parents.  Although the NIHR COVID-19 BioResource will recruit patients from all age groups, there is a particular interest in the minority of patients below the age of 40, including children, with severe COVID-19. Understanding the response to COVID-19 of these age groups requires special understanding, and the NIHR COVID-19 BioResource will be instrumental in facilitating this work.

Participation in the BioResource COVID-19 does not prevent patients from taking part in other research studies for COVID-19, including nationally prioritised studies.

Please note that the NIHR COVID-19 BioResource is currently only recruiting consenting patients admitted to Cambridge University Hospitals. However, we will be opening recruitment at other local NIHR BioResource centres and Paediatric Intensive Care Units in the coming weeks.

If you have patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus who are interested in joining the NIHR COVID-19 BioResource and would like to find out more, these Frequently Asked Questions may provide some answers.

Researchers who wish to access samples and/or data for research studies should get in touch via email in the first instance: nbr@bioresource.nihr.ac.uk.

This information is being updated as the situation changes: please keep checking for latest information.

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