Enabling scientific discoveries that improve public health
Data drives discovery. UK Biobank’s unique, biomedical database – the largest, most detailed and openly accessible research resource of its kind – is enabling the global research community to make scientific discoveries that improve public health. Here you can find case studies of how UK Biobank is helping scientists and researchers to evolve our understanding of human health and the most common life-threatening diseases. Find out more on this page.
The fight against sepsis
Researchers around the world are finding imaginative ways to use the UK Biobank database. A research group in Vancouver have put UK Biobank data on cholesterol to work to target blood poisoning, a medical emergency responsible for millions of deaths a year.
The role of diet on health
Public health recommendations around diet are frequent and varied throughout the press. Through detailed diet questionnaires, UK Biobank is enabling researchers to understand the relevance and accuracy of these messages for people's long term health.
Spotting dementia earlier
Dementia affects many millions of people a year around the world. The wealth of data in UK Biobank, such as cognitive function tests, genetics, and imaging, is providing researchers with the opportunity to spot dementia before symptoms appear.
Accelerating discovery to help manage a global pandemic
UK Biobank is providing the global research community with an unprecedented opportunity to study clinical and genetic factors that affect the outcome and spread of COVID-19. Through health records linkage, we have facilitated the integration of hospital and GP record data for half a million participants into the resource for coronavirus research. Working with health experts, UK Biobank moved quickly to gain access to these valuable data to help fight the crisis.
Over 670 international research groups have accessed the COVID-19 health records data in UK Biobank, generating over 60 published scientific papers in the public domain. The vast range of expertise already being applied to UK Biobank data means that these data will help develop strategies to address this pandemic.