Our Support

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS.

We provide world-class health service infrastructure - research support staff such as clinical research nurses, and research support services such as pharmacy, pathology and radiology - to support organisations seeking to conduct clinical research in the NHS in England. Some of this research is funded by the NIHR, but most of it is funded by NHS non-commercial partners and industry. We also supported the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS through our study support service.

The CRN Genetics Specialty is one of over 30 specialties that bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. The Genetics Specialty supports the set-up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS in a wide range of areas such as rare diseases, causes and prevention of birth defects, common genetic disorders such as familial cancer, and genetic approaches to treatment and prevention of these diseases.

The Genetics Specialty supports the delivery and promotion of clinical research studies in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Rare diseases
  • Causes and prevention of birth defects
  • Common disorders such as familial cancer
  • Genetic approaches to their treatment and prevention.

You can find out more about Genetics studies in your area through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

To find out about the NIHR UK Rare Genetic Disease Research Consortium Agreement, also known as the ‘Musketeers’ Memorandum’ (MM), please visit the Musketeers' Memorandum webpage.

General Information Leaflet

Find out more about the Genetics specialty and how it works.

Genetics Specialty leaflet

Musketeers' memorandum

NIHR UK Rare Genetic Disease Research Consortium Agreement (Musketeers’ Memorandum)

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Profile for Life Sciences Industry

Find out about what our Genetics specialty can offer the life-sciences industry and why you should place your study in England.

Genetics Specialty Profile

Genetics Clinical Specialty Leads

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Genetics. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Genetics research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national Genetics clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members