A long-term health study
UK Biobank is a long-term prospective study, which means it plans to follow your health over many years. In this section you can find out about our current health studies that will add extra layers of detail to your health data. This ongoing relationship with you is one of the reasons why UK Biobank is uniquely able to enable scientific discoveries that improve human health. Without you, this would not be possible. Thank you for participating and your long-term dedication to tomorrow's next key discovery.
Take part in the biggest imaging study in the world
We have set ourselves the goal of undertaking MRI imaging of the hearts and brains of 100,000 participants. This is the largest imaging study ever undertaken and is transforming research into diseases like dementia, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Click on the button below to find out more about this project.
We want to enable the discovery of vital clues to prevent and treat life-altering diseases like stroke and dementia. If you are aged 65 or over and attending one of our imaging centres, we may ask you to wear a heart monitor to measure the rhythm of your heart. It will shine a light on a heart rhythm disturbance called atrial fibrillation, which is often symptomless but can have a devastating effect on health.
Applications open to join our Participant Advisory Group
We are setting up a Participant Advisory Group to help us develop a new strategy for involving and engaging participants in our work. The Group will:
• find out about the role that members of the public can have in health research
• consider what say UK Biobank participants should have in our projects and activities
• work with us to create a new 3-year strategy by spring 2024.
Members will have the opportunity to shape and influence our work, take part in interesting discussions, and meet other UK Biobank participants.
There were lots of things we wanted to ask you about your health and wellbeing when you first joined UK Biobank, but because of time constraints, we were unable to do so at your first visit. However, email communication has allowed us to re-contact you and continue to gather important information.
Online questionnaires have proven to be enormously successful, and around 1 in 2 participants have taken part in each one. Because they are online and therefore generate digital results, there is little delay in making these data available to the international research community. By asking you these sorts of questions via online questionnaires, we are building on the existing wealth of data with new insights into your health on day to day basis. Published health findings on many conditions have started to emerge through the use of these questionnaires.
You can complete our online questionnaires on a PC or a mobile device, whatever is easiest for you. If you have questions, or need help, please call our Participant Resource Centre on 0800 0 276 276 free of charge, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, or send us an email.
Please ensure your contact details are up to date so we can notify you when these questionnaires are available for you to partake.
Our participant website will be shut down for essential maintenance on the first Wednesday of each month between 8am and 9am.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Explore our active online questionnaires
Inactive online questionnaires