What to expect


This year for the first time the UK Biobank Scientific Conference takes place wholly online, during the afternoon of the 23rd June 2020. Expect great speakers, exciting data developments and updates on novel scientific results.

Join us to find out more about how our open access data can facilitate your research to tackle the major health issues facing us today.

  • Working together against COVID-19
  • Value of primary care data
  • Exome sequencing
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Enhancements to brain imaging
Interactive panel discussions
UK Biobank Early Career Researcher of the Year Award 2020

Everything we will cover

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Live Q&A

Panel discussions

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Research posters

On demand videos

UK Biobank key documents

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Network with fellow attendees through our UK Biobank conference app

Carry on the conversation on twitter @UK_Biobank with our hashtag #UKBCONF20


What you’ll be apart of

Tuesday June 23, 2020

13:00 - 13:10


The Rt Hon. The Lord Kakkar, UK Biobank Board Chair

13:10 - 13:15

Session 1 - Working together against COVID-19

Introduction from session Chair: Professor John Danesh, University of Cambridge

13:15 - 13:30

Presentation 1 - UK Biobank update

Professor Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator

13:30 - 13:45

Presentation 2 - UK Biobank and COVID-19: heath data linkages and serology study

Professor Naomi Allen, UK Biobank Chief Scientist

13:45 - 14:00

Presentation 3 - Value of primary care data

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox, University of Oxford

14:00 - 14:20


Chair: Professor John Danesh

Panel members:
Professor Rory Collins
Professor Naomi Allen
Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox

14:20 - 14:35


Early Career Research of the Year Video

14:35 - 14:40

Session 2 - Genetics

Introduction from session Chair Professor Sir John Bell

14:40 - 14:55

Presentation 1 - Genome-wide association study of COVID-19

Professor Daniel Wilson, Big Data Institute

14:55 - 15:10

Presentation 2 - Exome Sequencing

Professor Goncalo Abecasis, Regeneron

15:10 - 15:25

Presentation 3 - Whole genome sequencing, Long & Short Reads

Professor Matt Loose, University of Nottingham

15:25 - 15:45


Chair: Professor Sir John Bell

Panel members:
Professor Daniel Wilson
Professor Goncalo Abecasis
Professor Matt Loose
Associate Professor Jemma Hopewell, University of Oxford

15:45 - 16:00


Early Career Research of the Year Video

16:00 - 16:05

Session 3 - Imaging

Introduction from session Chair Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg, University of Oxford

16:05 - 16:20

Presentation 1 - Repeat Imaging

Professor Paul Matthews, Imperial, London

16:20 - 16:35

Presentation 2 - Enhancements to brain imaging

Professor Karla Miller, University of Oxford

16:35 - 16:50

Presentation 3 - AI-based analysis of cardiac and aortic structure and function in UKBB

Professor Daniel Rueckert, Imperial, London

16:50 - 17:10


Chair: Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg

Panel members:
Professor Paul Matthews, Imperial, London
Professor Karla Miller
Professor Daniel Rueckert

17:10 - 17:20

Winner of the Early Career Researcher Of The Year Award

17:20 - 17:30

Closing Remarks

Professor Sir Rory Collins

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The Rt Hon. The Lord Kakkar

Chair of UCLPartners

Karla Miller

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Oxford

Professor Goncalo Abecasis

VP Analytical Genomics & Data Sciences

Professor Daniel Wilson

Big Data Institute

Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg

University of Oxford

Professor Sir John Bell

University of Oxford

Professor John Danesh

University of Cambridge

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox

University of Oxford

Professor Naomi Allen

UK Biobank Chief Scientist

Professor Daniel Rueckert

Imperial, London

Professor Sir Rory Collins

UK Biobank Principal Investigator

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UK Biobank is a prospective study following the health of 500,000 people who were aged between 40-69 years during the recruitment period 2006 – 2010.

Join us to find out more about the data being collected – including COVID-19, genetics, imaging, and primary care records - and how to access and use the resource. UK Biobank is open to all bona fide health researchers, from academia or industry in the UK and worldwide.

Tuesday June 23, 2020 | 13.00 -17.30 BST | 08.00 -13.30 EST