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UK Biobank is a national and international health resource with unparalleled research opportunities, open to all bona fide health researchers. UK Biobank aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. It is following the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants and provides health information, which does not identify them, to approved researchers in the UK and overseas, from academia and industry. Scientists, please ensure you read the background materials before registering. To our participants, we say thank you for supporting this important resource to improve health. Without you, none of the research featured on this website would be possible.

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Landmark project shows heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis risk raised by genetic changes in blood cells

November 18th, 2016

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Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes may combine to worsen thinking skills

November 16th, 2016

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Scanning study launches

November 3rd, 2016

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Latest Publications

The Allelic Landscape of Human Blood Cell Trait Variation and Links to Common Complex Disease

Type: article, Author: William J. Astle, Heather Elding, Tao Jiang, Dave Allen, Dace Ruklisa, Alice L. Mann, Daniel Mead, Heleen Bouman, Fernando Riveros-Mckay, Myrto A. Kostadima, John J. Lambourne, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kate Downes, Kousik Kundu, Lorenzo Bomba, Kim Berentsen, John R. Bradley, Louise C. Daugherty, Olivier Delaneau, Kathleen Freson, Stephen F. Garner, Luigi Grassi, Jose Guerrero, Matthias Haimel, Eva M. Janssen-Megens, Anita Kaan, Mihir Kamat, Bowon Kim, Amit Mandoli, Jonathan Marchini, Joost H.A. Martens, Stuart Meacham, Karyn Megy, Jared O’Connell, Romina Petersen, Nilofar Sharifi, Simon M. Sheard, James R. Staley, Salih Tuna, Martijn van der Ent, Klaudia Walter, Shuang-Yin Wang, Eleanor Wheeler, Steven P. Wilder, Valentina Iotchkova, Carmel Moore, Jennifer Sambrook, Hendrik G. Stunnenberg, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Stephen Kaptoge, Taco W. Kuijpers, Enrique Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau, David Juan, Daniel Rico, Alfonso Valencia, Lu Chen, Bing Ge, Louella Vasquez, Tony Kwan, Diego Garrido-Martín, Stephen Watt, Ying Yang, Roderic Guigo, Stephan Beck, Dirk S. Paul, Tomi Pastinen, David Bujold, Guillaume Bourque, Mattia Frontini, John Danesh, David J. Roberts, Willem H. Ouwehand, Adam S. Butterworth, Nicole Soranzo , Date: 2016-11-17

Associations between single and multiple cardiometabolic diseases and cognitive abilities in 474 129 UK Biobank participants

Type: article, Author: Donald M. Lyall, Carlos A. Celis-Morales, Jana Anderson, Jason M. R. Gill, Daniel F. Mackay, Andrew M. McIntosh, Daniel J. Smith, Ian J. Deary, Naveed Sattar, Jill P. Pell, Date: 2016-11-16

Genome-wide associations for birth weight and correlations with adult disease

Type: article, Author: Momoko Horikoshi, Robin Beaumont, Felix Day, Nicole Warrington, Marjolein Kooijman, Juan Fernandez-Tajes, Bjarke Feenstra, Natalie van Zuydam, Kyle Gaulton, Niels Grarup, Jonathan Bradfield, David Strachan, Ruifang Li-Gao, Tarunveer Ahluwalia, Eskil Kreiner, Rico Rueedi, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Diana Cousminer, Ying Wu, Elisabeth Thiering, Carol Wang, Christian Have, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Natalia Vilor-Tejedor, Peter Joshi et al., Date: 2016-09-28

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UK Biobank Imaging Study

If you’ve received an invitation to be scanned, we should be delighted to see you at our scanning assessment centre. To make an appointment, you should call the UK Biobank Participant Resource Centre on 0800 0 276 276 (free from most phones) or 02920 765597, 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday. For more information, please visit the UK Biobank Imaging web site.

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Participant queries

Please call the UK Biobank Participant Resource Centre on 0800 0 276 276 (free from most phones) or 02920 765597, 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday or email us. You can also update your contact details via this website.

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Please study the information provided in this website and email us if you have any further enquiries.

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