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Scientific Conference 2023

Innovation for tomorrow's health

UK Biobank will host its next scientific conference in London on the 13th December 2023.

Join us for this one day stimulating event featuring world-leading speakers, exciting data developments, and updates on novel scientific results. Network with industry and academic colleagues and take part in lively panel Q&A sessions.

Presentations will cover the opportunities for health research through expanded linkage to healthcare data, how UKB can facilitate research into dementia, plus details of the highly anticipated release of whole genome sequencing data on all 500,000 UK Biobank participants. Sessions will include new findings emerging and future plans to further enhance UK Biobank for global health research.

A one day event - enjoy refreshments on arrival, with lunch provided and a drinks reception after the final session.

Grab your spot today!

Watch the highlight and hear from attendees of the UK Biobank 2022 winter conference in this video.


Venue details

When: 13 December 2023 

Time: 10.30 for an 11am start - 5pm GMT followed by a drinks reception until 6pm

Location: QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P3EE getting here

Can't get to London? Find out below how you can join us virtually.


Registration: 10.30 - 11am with refreshments in the Pickwick suite

11.00 - 11.05 Professor Patrick Chinnery, MRC

Welcome and opening remarks

11.05 - 11.20 Professor Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank

Past, present and future plans

Morning session: Facilitating dementia research 

11.20 - 11.25 Professor Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank

Session Chair

11.25 - 11.35 Professor Nadeem Sarwar, Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission

The Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission and UK Biobank

11.35 - 11.45 Professor Naomi Allen, UK Biobank

Identifying dementia and cognitive decline

11.45 - 11.55 Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Edinburgh University

Developing diagnostic markers for dementia

11.55 - 12.05 Professor Paul Matthews, Imperial College London, UK DRI

Enhanced characterisations of risks of dementia

12.05 - 12.30 All speakers - Panel Discussion

Additional panel member: Dr Vanessa Raymont, University of Oxford

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch and networking

Early Career Researchers poster presentation

13.30 - 13.35 Professor Ben Lacey, UK Biobank 

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award announcement

13.35 - 13.45

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award winner presentation

Afternoon session: Linkage to healthcare data

13.45 - 13.50 Sir Ian Gilmore, Liverpool University 

Session Chair

13.50 - 14.00 Dr Thomas Littlejohns, University of Oxford

Value of UK Biobank primary care data

14.00 - 14.10 Dr​​​​ Prabhu Arumugam, Genomics England

The value of tumour sequencing data for research

14.10 - 14.20 Professor Reecha Sofat, Liverpool University

Value of prescription data

14.20 - 14.30 Professor Daphne Koller, Insitro

The use of histopath to power discovery

14.30 - 14.55 All speakers: Panel discussion

Additional panel member: Professor Nicola Perrin, AMRC


14.55 - 15.25 Tea break and networking

"It's important to get out of your zoom room..

The most valuable thing about working in research is the connections you make, because you do far better science when you work together."

Professor Julie Williams, UKDRI, conference attendee

Final session: Extending genomics

Professor Matthew Loose, Nottingham University

Session Chair

Dr Robert Scott, GSK

Preliminary analyses of WGS data on 0.5M participants'

Dr Melissa Miller, Pfizer

Unique insights through enhanced proteomics and whole genomes

Professor Jonathan Mill, Exeter University

Importance of measuring DNA methylation in UKB

Dr Lucy Burkitt-Gray, UK Biobank

Accelerating your research through the UK Biobank RAP

Dr Keren Carss, AstraZeneca

Panel Member

Rt.Hon Lord Kakkar KBE, UK Biobank Board

Closing remarks

17.00 - 18.00 Drinks Reception

Find out the winner of UK Biobank Early-Career Researcher of the Year 2023

We encourage wide use of the UK Biobank 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 (up to 5 years’ post qualification). If that’s you, why not enter our competition to find 2023 UK Biobank Early-Career Researcher of the Year.

The winning abstract (as decided by a UK Biobank panel) will have the chance to present their work at the UK Biobank Annual Scientific Conference. With 20 additional entries selected for poster presentations at the conference lunchtime session.

We would very much like to give all early-career researchers the chance to participate and as a virtual event conference presentations can be live or pre-recorded.

Entry criteria

  • Entrants must be registered to use the resource and early-career researchers, i.e. up to 5 years’ post qualification (PhD, masters, undergraduate) or undergoing aforementioned qualifications. Entrants may submit more than one entry;
  • The entrant must be the first and presenting author, although the research may have co-authors;
  • Entry can relate to completed or partially completed work on the UK Biobank data (published or unpublished)

How to submit your application

  • Entrants should complete the Entry Form and return it to by 8am (London time) 15th November 2023;
  • The winners will be notified by email by Friday 24th November 2023;
  • The event will take place in London and online on the 13th December 2023.

Decision of the judges is final.

Entry is now closed

UK Biobank Scientific Conference 2023: Thesis in Three Minutes

The UK Biobank Scientific Conference is attended by thousands of people and highlights the very best in scientific discovery through the use of data held in the UK Biobank resource. We want to use this event to shine a light on the many young researchers putting the UK Biobank data through its paces to improve human health. 

We are seeking video submissions from PhD students using the UK Biobank resource to showcase the talented, imaginative study designs using UK Biobank data. These videos will be made available on the UK Biobank social channels and available to watch by the thousands of international researchers from industry and academia that attend the UK Biobank Scientific Conference every year. 20 submissions will be selected and the winning submission will receive £300 amazon voucher or £300 credits for use in the UK Biobank Research Analysis Platform 

Entry Criteria:

  • Entrants must be registered to use the resource and undertaking research as part of a PhD or post-doctoral position
  • Entry can relate to completed or partially completed work on the UK Biobank data (published or unpublished).
  • Video clip must be no more than three minutes in total
  • The video clip can include slides/figures as necessary

Enter today

Evaluation criteria

  • Scientific merit of the abstract;
  • Quality and originality of the work;
  • Likely impact to improve human health.

Entry is now closed

Submit the  entry form and your video to by 8am (London time) 15th November 2023. The winners will be notified by email by Friday 24 November 2023. The event will take place in London and online on the 13th December 2023. 

Video files can be sent via WeTransfer or similar, or hosted in your personal YouTube and a link sent.

Watch online

Don't miss out if you can't make it to London, you can watch the event online from the comfort of your home or office. Join in and ask questions in the panel discussions of our speakers with our dedicated team ready to answer your questions.

Register here

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