The Genetics Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the genetics studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Genetics Research
There are more than 7000 rare genetic disorders which collectively affect 1 person in 17.When viewed as a group, rare diseases are very common.The national approach made possible by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio, means we are able to collect together enough people with a particular condition to make a research project feasible. This leads to improved care and the development of new treatments.
Patient, carer and public information
Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research.
Insight magazine caught up with a study team in Brighton who are investigating if prescribing medication according to a child’s genetic makeup could lead to better control of a their asthma.
Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.
Research has changed my life because...now I'm really happy.
Research isn’t just about testing new treatments and drugs, it’s also about looking at how we can do things differently...
NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
Biomedical Research Building (3rd Floor)
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5PL
Specialty National Lead
Dr Alex Henderson
Specialty Cluster Lead
Professor Stuart Parker
Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead