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Scientific Conference 2022

UK Biobank will be hosting its next Scientific Conference as a HYBRID event on Tuesday 21st June 2022.

We hope you can join us for this stimulating event where you can expect world-leading speakers, exciting data developments, and updates on novel scientific results.

As the world’s most comprehensive biomedical database we are incredibly proud of the unique scientific discoveries being generated through use of the resource, with thanks to the ongoing commitment of our participants, funders, and the research community.

Book your place to find out more about how UK Biobank is engaging with study participants and researchers worldwide to make best use of the resource. The day will include updates of the latest research findings and future ambitions in the areas of genomics, ageing and environmental health research. You can also find out more details on how UK Biobank is empowering global collaboration through our Research Analysis Platform, democratising access to valuable health research data.

Find out more

The event is free and open to all, whether from academia, industry, or somewhere in between, join us to find out more about how the accessibility of our data can facilitate your vision for health research.


  • Enhancing engagement in UK Biobank
  • Unlocking the potential of genetic data
  • Environmental exposures for health research
  • Transforming health in older age

Full agenda and speaker line up below.


Register here


Session one: Enhancing engagement in UK Biobank

Ms Cheryl Moore

Welcome and introduction

11:05 - 11:10


Professor Naomi Allen

UK Biobank 2022 and beyond

11:10 - 11:20


Mr Mahesh Pancholi

Addressing Scientific Inequity & Enhancing Global Access: The UK Biobank Research Analysis Platform & AWS Credits

11:20 - 11:30

Professor Dan Stein 

Use of the UK Biobank by African scientists: Some considerations

11:30 - 11:40 

Mr Simon Burall

Deepening UK Biobank participant engagement 

11:40 - 11:50


Panel discussion 

11:50 - 12:10

Session two: Unlocking the potential of genetics in UK Biobank

Prof. Sir Mene Pangaloz

Session chair: Welcome and introduction

12:10 - 12:15

Prof. Sir Peter Donnelly

The future of Polygenic Risk Scores to improve health

12:15 - 12:25

Professor Luca Lotta

Drug discovery: Whole Exome Sequencing

12:25 - 12:35

Dr Keren Carss

UK Biobank sequencing data informs AstraZeneca’s drug development pipeline

12:35 - 12:45 

Professor Martin Tobin

Long read sequencing 

12:45 - 12:55


Panel discussion 

12:55 - 13:15

Session three: Environmental exposures for health research

Sir Stephen Holgate

Session chair: Welcome and introduction

14:20 - 14:25

Dr Dale Sandler

Leveraging cohorts to study the impact of environmental exposures on health

14:25 - 14:35

Associate Professor Aiden Doherty

Tools for assessing environmental factors (TBC)

14:35 - 14:45 

Professor Antonio Gasparrini

Linking environmental exposures to the UK Biobank: current activities and future plans

14:45 - 14:55

Associate Professor Ben Lacey

UK Biobank enhancements in environmental exposures

14:55 - 15:05


Panel discussion 

15:05 - 15:25

UK Biobank Early Career Researcher of the Year Award Announcement

Dr Lauren Carson 

Announcement of ECR runner up and winner

15:45 - 15:50

ECR winner


15:50 - 16:00

Session four: Transforming health in older age 

Professor John Gallacher

Session chair: Welcome and introduction

16:00 - 16.05

Professor Paul Matthews

Enhancing UK Biobank for dementia research

16.05 - 16.15

Dr Nick Van Bruggen

Repeat imaging for ageing research

16:15 - 16:25

Professor Pearse Keane

OCT imaging and Oculomics - Using the Eye as a Window to the Body

16:25 - 16:35

Professor Naomi Allen 

Assessing changes over time

16:35 - 16:45


Panel discussion 

16:45 - 17:05 

Dr Hal Barron

Panel member

16:45 - 17:05

Prof. Sir Rory Collins 

Getting the most out of UK Biobank 

17:05 - 17:10

Live presentations | Networking |Panel discussions | Q&A

A full day of stimulating talks, followed by a drinks reception, with plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion with your fellow industry and academic researchers about the value of the most comprehensive biomedical database in the world. Plus, find out the winner of the 2022 UK Biobank Early Career Researcher of the Year Award and the UK Biobank Doctoral Student Award.

Joining virtually? Connect and interact

Not your average video conference call! Watch online via the UK Biobank website for an interactive experience enabling you to be an active participant in discussions with the speakers and your fellow attendees. Live presentations and Q&A. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the same day.

Event details

Location: QEII Conference Centre Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE 

Date: Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Time: 10.30 registration for an 11 o’clock start until 5.10pm (BST) - followed by a drinks reception (EDT event times 7am-1.10pm)

Finding the venue: travel instructions

Healthy and safety: QEII Covid-19 delegate guide

Join us for a stimulating day which offers presentations from world-leading speakers, exciting developments for health research & the chance to network with colleagues new and old!



UK Biobank Early Career Researcher of the Year Award and the UK Biobank Doctoral Student of the Year 2022: Thesis in Three Minutes are open for entries!

We encourage wide use of the UK Biobank research resource. This includes scientists just embarking on their research career, who may be the research leaders when the UK Biobank resource is at its most productive in years to come.

We are especially looking to celebrate the creativity and imagination of early-career researchers and doctoral students - if this is you enter today for the chance to present at our conference in London (virtual presentation links can be provided) and win a top prize of £1,000. Plus 20 submissions will be invited to present a poster at the conference in London. See competition details for more information.

Enter here

Join the conversation:

Carry on the conversation on our Twitter @UK_Biobank with our hashtag #UKBSC22

Catch up on the 2021 Scientific Conference

Find out more about the speakers and watch the sessions from our 2021 conference here

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