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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

World lung health study allows scientists to predict chances of developing deadly disease

February 8th, 2017

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New data from brain imaging and on heart attacks and strokes available

February 6th, 2017

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World’s largest objective physical activity dataset now available

February 2nd, 2017

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Latest Publications

Genome-wide association analyses for lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identify new loci and potential druggable targets

Type: article, Author: Nature Genetics | Article Print Share/bookmark Genome-wide association analyses for lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identify new loci and potential druggable targets Louise V Wain, Nick Shrine, María Soler Artigas, A Mesut Erzurumluoglu, Boris Noyvert, Lara Bossini-Castillo, Ma'en Obeidat, Amanda P Henry, Michael A Portelli, Robert J Hall, Charlotte K Billington, Tracy L Rimington, Anthony G Fenech, Catherine John, Tineka Blake, Victoria E Jackson, Richard J Allen, Bram P Prins, Understanding Society Scientific Group, Archie Campbell, David J Porteous, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Matthias Wielscher, Alan L James, Jennie Hui, Nicholas J Wareham, Jing Hua Zhao, James F Wilson, Peter K Joshi, Beate Stubbe, Rajesh Rawal, Holger Schulz, Medea Imboden, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Stefan Karrasch, Christian Gieger, Ian J Deary, Sarah E Harris, Jonathan Marten, Igor Rudan, Stefan Enroth, Ulf Gyllensten, Shona M Kerr, Ozren Polasek, Mika Kähönen, Ida Surakka, Veronique Vitart, Caroline Hayward, Terho Lehtimäki, Olli T Raitakari, David M Evans, A John Henderson, Craig E Pennell, Carol A Wang, Peter D Sly, Emily S Wan, Robert Busch, Brian D Hobbs, Augusto A Litonjua, David W Sparrow, Amund Gulsvik, Per S Bakke, James D Crapo, Terri H Beaty, Nadia N Hansel, Rasika A Mathias, Ingo Ruczinski, Kathleen C Barnes, Yohan Bossé, Philippe Joubert, Maarten van den Berge, Corry-Anke Brandsma, Peter D Paré, Don D Sin, David C Nickle, Ke Hao, Omri Gottesman, Frederick E Dewey, Shannon E Bruse, David J Carey, H Lester Kirchner, Geisinger-Regeneron DiscovEHR Collaboration, Stefan Jonsson, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Ingileif Jonsdottir, Thorarinn Gislason, Kari Stefansson, Claudia Schurmann, Girish Nadkarni, Erwin P Bottinger, Ruth J F Loos, Robin G Walters, Zhengming Chen, Iona Y Millwood, Julien Vaucher, Om P Kurmi, Liming Li, Anna L Hansell, Chris Brightling, Eleftheria Zeggini, Michael H Cho, Edwin K Silverman, Ian Sayers, Gosia Trynka, Andrew P Morris, David P Strachan, Ian P Hall & Martin D Tobin, Date: 2017-02-06

Large Scale Population Assessment of Physical Activity Using Wrist Worn Accelerometers: The UK Biobank Study

Type: article, Author: Aiden Doherty , Dan Jackson, Nils Hammerla, Thomas Plötz, Patrick Olivier, Malcolm H. Granat, Tom White, Vincent T. van Hees, Michael I. Trenell, Christoper G. Owen, Stephen J. Preece, Rob Gillions, Simon Sheard, Nicholas J. Wareham [ view all ] , Date: 2017-02-01

Genome-wide association analysis identifies novel blood pressure loci and offers biological insights into cardiovascular risk

Type: article, Author: Helen R Warren, Evangelos Evangelou, Claudia P Cabrera, He Gao, Meixia Ren, Borbala Mifsud, Ioanna Ntalla, Praveen Surendran, Chunyu Liu, James P Cook, Aldi T Kraja, Fotios Drenos, Marie Loh, Niek Verweij, Jonathan Marten, Ibrahim Karaman, Marcelo P Segura Lepe, Paul F O'Reilly, Joanne Knight, Harold Snieder, Norihiro Kato, Jiang He, E Shyong Tai, M Abdullah Said, David Porteous, Maris Alver, Neil Poulter, Martin Farrall, Ron T Gansevoort, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Reedik Mägi, Alice Stanton, John Connell, Stephan J L Bakker, Andres Metspalu, Denis C Shields, Simon Thom, Morris Brown, Peter Sever, Tõnu Esko, Caroline Hayward, Pim van der Harst, Danish Saleheen, Rajiv Chowdhury, John C Chambers, Daniel I Chasman, Aravinda Chakravarti, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Cecilia M Lindgren, Daniel Levy, Jaspal S Kooner, Bernard Keavney, Maciej Tomaszewski, Nilesh J Samani, Joanna M M Howson, Martin D Tobin, Patricia B Munroe, Georg B Ehret, Louise V Wain, The International Consortium of Blood Pressure (ICBP) 1000G Analyses, The CHD Exome+ Consortium, The ExomeBP Consortium, The T2D-GENES Consortium, The GoT2DGenes Consortium, The Cohorts for Heart and Ageing Research in Genome Epidemiology (CHARGE) BP Exome Consortium, The International Genomics of Blood Pressure (iGEN-BP) Consortium, Michael R Barnes, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Mark J Caulfield, Paul Elliott & for The UK Biobank CardioMetabolic Consortium BP working group, Date: 2017-01-30

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