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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.

Latest News

Researchers predict risk for common deadly diseases from millions of genetic variants

August 14th, 2018

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New research links even low levels of air pollution with serious changes in the heart

August 3rd, 2018

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Imaging Study Reveals Potential Biomarker for Liver Health in Metabolic Diseases

August 1st, 2018

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Latest Publications

Red cell distribution width and common disease onsets in 240,477 healthy volunteers followed for up to 9 years

Type: article, Author: Luke C. Pilling and Janice L. Atkins and George A. Kuchel and Luigi Ferrucci and David Melzer , Date: 2018-09-13

Genetic Association of Albuminuria with Cardiometabolic Disease and Blood Pressure

Type: article, Author: Mary E. Haas and Krishna G. Aragam and Connor A. Emdin and Alexander G. Bick and International Consortium for Blood Pressure and Gibran Hemani and George Davey Smith and Sekar Kathiresan , Date: 2018-09-13

Diet as a hot topic in psychiatry: a population‐scale study of nutritional intake and inflammatory potential in severe mental illness

Type: article, Author: Joseph Firth and Brendon Stubbs and Scott B. Teasdale and Philip B. Ward and Nicola Veronese and Nitin Shivappa and James R. Hebert and Michael Berk and Alison R. Yung and Jerome Sarris , Date: 2018-09-07

GWAS of lifetime cannabis use reveals new risk loci, genetic overlap with psychiatric traits, and a causal influence of schizophrenia

Type: article, Author: Joëlle A. Pasman and Karin J. H. Verweij and Jacqueline M. Vink , Date: 2018-08-27

Genome-wide polygenic scores for common diseases identify individuals with risk equivalent to monogenic mutations

Type: article, Author: Amit V. Khera and Mark Chaffin and Krishna G. Aragam and Mary E. Haas and Carolina Roselli and Seung Hoan Choi and Pradeep Natarajan and Eric S. Lander and Steven A. Lubitz and Patrick T. Ellinor and Sekar Kathiresan , Date: 2018-08-13

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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 8am-6pm Mon – Fri and Sat 8am-4pm. 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) 8am-6pm Mon – Fri and Sat 8am-4pm or email us. You can also update your contact details via this website.

Researcher enquiries

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

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If you have any questions about our research as a participant or researcher, please view our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us..