NIHR Clinical Research Network: Genetics

NIHR Clinical Research Network: Genetics


The Genetics specialty is one of 30 specialties which provide national networks of topic-specific expertise. These specialties are key to the success of the Clinical Research Network (CRN). They work at both national and local levels to ensure the successful delivery of research within their specialties. This means ensuring that studies are delivered to target and on time.

The purpose of the Genetics specialty is to help drive research into genetic disorders and malformations.

This covers topics such as:

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

Many genetic disorders are extremely rare. The national approach made possible by the NIHR CRN portfolio facilitates rare disease research. The specialty encourages research in such areas as it can lead to better understanding of these diseases and could potentially save lives all over the world. Projects are led by NHS clinical geneticists, genetic health care scientists, genetic counsellors, nurses and clinicians and academics in other specialties with an interest in genetic health care.

Genetics links into all areas of medicine, which makes it essential that the Genetics specialty works closely with other specialties.

The national specialty actively manages the Genetics Research Portfolio through regular progress review identifying barriers to recruitment and actions to support these studies.  The group also supports Investigators with their new research studies by supporting them in the set-up and delivery processes.  For further information please contact or your Regional Genetics Specialty Member.