UK Biobank is open to all approved researchers in the UK and overseas who are undertaking health-related research in the public good. In recent months we have taken steps to simplify the access process to ensure that scientists can more readily use the data and samples that you have so generously provided.
A summary of the data currently available to approved researchers can be found on the UK Biobank website in our Data Showcase; do feel free to take a look. We have further plans to promote the resource far and wide to encourage greater usage. In due course, UK Biobank will put out calls for particular disease-based studies, as the resource becomes better placed to tackle them.
(Figures correct as of May 2015)
View the approved research page to see approved applications
Keep up to date on published papers via our publications page
You can search and preview the data on our data showcase page
UK Biobank brought together several hundred key researchers in London last year to introduce them to the resource and to explain how it might add value to their studies.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, government scientific adviser, told the London meeting that the creation of UK Biobank had been an amazing achievement. He told the scientists: “This is an incredible resource and it is now up to your collective imaginations to use it and to learn from it.”
The project now holds an impressive amount of information that will help scientists study a large number of disorders. Those data include information on lifestyles and illnesses, basic body measures like height and weight, hearing and eye data, blood pressure, detailed dietary data, information about physical activity, samples of blood, urine and saliva and complete repeat measures on 20,000. Links to a number of health registers have been made, and genetic and imaging data will become available during the year.
You can watch all the presentation videos here: http://www.ukbiobank.co.uk/listen-again-frontiers-meeting/