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MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre

The MRC-NIMR National Phenome Centre aims to deliver broad access to a world-class capability in metabolic phenotyping that will benefit the whole UK translational medicine community. The centre is led by Imperial College London and King's College London and funded jointly by MRC and NIHR.


It provides state-of-the-art NMR and MS facilities and a multidisciplinary team of specialists in biochemistry, the analytical platforms and informatics. It works with researchers as both an integrated collaborative research programme or on a fee-for-service basis depending on researcher’s needs.

The centre has the capacity for broad and deep phenotyping on both large (over 5000 samples) and small (fewer than 300 samples) human sample cohorts and provides metabolite analysis for a single chemical to broad metabolite profiling. 

The director, Professor Jeremy Nicholson explains more: 

Using the centre

The centre's facilities are open to researchers from academia or industry. Access to the centre is via an independent committee and MRC researchers wishing to use the Centre should contact the Centre Manager Lynn Maslen

Training Centre

The Imperial International Phenome Training Centre has been established by Imperial College London, in association with the MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre. It offers hands-on laboratory based training for metabolic profiling to researchers from academia or industry. Further information about courses available can be found in the related links section.