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Being a member

As a member of the Cambridge BioResource you may receive invitations to participate in the studies that we are supporting. If you are eligible for a study you will receive an invitation from the Cambridge BioResource team. This will include an information sheet detailing the specific requirements of the study and a participation slip for you to complete and return to us using the Freepost envelope provided. Different studies require different levels of involvement from volunteers so it is important to read the information sheet carefully to find out what is being asked of you before making a decision. If you are not sure what the study involves or whether you are eligible to take part, please get in touch.

If you receive an invitation you can be assured that you have met the specific selection criteria for the study and are exactly the type of volunteer that the study team needs in order to further their research. Once you return your completed participation slip to us to confirm that you would like to participate, you will be contacted about getting involved.

Remember, you are under no obligation to take part in any study but we do ask that you return your participation slip either way in order to let us know your decision. If we do not receive your participation slip we will get in touch to find out your decision. We closely monitor how many times we invite you to studies and we will not send you more than four invitations per year.

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How will I be selected for further studies?

When you join the Cambridge BioResource we ask you to complete a short health and lifestyle questionnaire. We ask these questions so that we are better able to determine your suitability for studies.

Researchers working with the Cambridge BioResource are trying to better understand how our genes influence our risk of disease. They do this by studying volunteers with different genetic variations.

Each research study has its own set of selection criteria for volunteer recruitment, including both genetic and phenotypic elements. Phenotypic criteria include information such as your gender and ethnicity. Studies may also be interested in factors such as your medical conditions, lifestyle or medications you are taking. This information is used along with your DNA sample to help match you to research studies.

If you have any questions about an invitation you have received or the selection process, please contact us.