• Queen Mary University of London
  • Barts Health NHS
  • Bradford NHS

For scientists: using Genes & Health for scientific research

Wide access for a broad range of scientific research is our long term aim. We encourage the best scientists in the UK and worldwide to apply to use the study for health research.


Data Access:

1. Summary variant and genotype counts are publically available on this website (this neither requires application to nor approval from Genes & Health). We will also be placing publically available summary data on the ExAC/gnomAD website/databases.

2. Genetic data with the EBI-EGA long term databank, which can be accessed by signing a Data Transfer Agreement (this neither requires application to nor approval from Genes & Health, the Wellcome Sanger Institute Data Access Committee oversees applications).

3. Requests for phenotype data or recall do require formal application and approval by Genes & Health. 


At present (2018) we only have adequate resource to support and manage applications from a few select external studies. We are actively seeking funding to expand access to external investigators.

Therefore at present, we are prioritising research studies in the following areas:

- research described in core awards funding Genes & Health

- research in three areas prioritised by our local communities: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health

- two pilot studies in recall-by-genotype

- other research that is i) exceptional science; and/or ii) will bring substantial resource to Genes & Health; and/or iii) of strategic importance for Genes & Health

- research that has been independently and expertly peer-reviewed to the highest standards (e.g. Wellcome, MRC, NIH)

The Genes & Health Executive Board reviews applications and will decide approve/decline/revise. Selected applications are also reviewed by the Community Advisory Group. If we do not currently have sufficient resource to support an application, we may approve but suspend. 


We will consider writing Letters of Support for Fellowships, and other types of grant applications, that wish to use Genes & Health provided these include resource support for Genes & Health. We would also be willing to give provisional approval, but with a suspended start date (and no guarantee of starting), if required for ethics or governance purposes for a study. Please contact one of the study leads by email to discuss.

last updated 26 Nov 2018