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Scientific Conference 2022

UK Biobank hosted its Scientific Conference as a virtual event on Tuesday 21st June 2022.

This stimulating event featured world-leading speakers, exciting data developments, and updates on novel scientific results. Catch up on our virtual Scientific Conference to find out more about how the accessibility of our data can facilitate your vision for health research. The sessions included: 

Enhancing engagement in UK Biobank

Ms Cheryl Moore introduced the first session of the UK Biobank Scientific Conference. The session was chaired by Professor Sir Rory Collins, and included presentations from Professor Naomi Allen, Mr Mahesh Pancholi, Professor Dan Stein and Mr Simon Burall. The session ended with a panel discussion.

Unlocking the potential of genetic data

The second session in our Scientific Conference 2022, chaired by Professor Sir Mene Panglos. Presentations by Professor Sir Peter Donnelly, Professor Luca Lotta, Dr Keren Carss and Professor Martin Tobin. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion.

Environmental exposures for health research

Watch session 3 of the UK Biobank Scientific Conference 2022 about environmental exposures for health research. This session was chaired by Sir Stephen Holgate. Presentations were made by Dr Dale Sandler, Associate Professor Aiden Doherty, Professor Antonio Gasparrini and Associate Professor Ben Lacey. The session ended with a panel discussion.

Transforming health in older age

Watch session 4 of the UK Biobank Scientific Conference 2022 which discusses transforming health in older age. This session was chaired by Professor John Gallacher, whilst presentations were delivered by Professor Paul Matthews, Dr Nick Van Bruggen, Professor Pearse Keane and Professor Naomi Allen. Sir Stephen Holgate. Dr Hal Barron joined the panel discussion at the end of this session and at the end of this video Professor Sir Rory Collins and Dr Robin Buckle conclude the conference.

Full agenda and speaker line up below.

Attendees from 70 countries

tuned in to watch the UK Biobank Scientific Conference 2022


Mahan Nekoui, from Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute, is UK Biobank's Early Career Researcher of the Year for 2022! Mahan's research "Spatially distinct genetic determinants of aortic dimensions influence risks of aneurysm and stenosis" can be viewed in the Awards session of our Scientific Conference.

Kayesha Coley, University of Leicester, is UK Biobank's Doctoral Student : Thesis in 3 Minutes Winner for 2022! Find out more about Kayesha's research "Novel genetic signals identified for angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-induced cough" here.

Watch the announcement and Mahan's presentation below.

Early Career Researcher 2022 Winner - Mahan Nekoui
Doctoral Student of the Year 2022 : Thesis in 3 Minutes Winner - Kayesha Coley


Session one: Enhancing engagement in UK Biobank

Ms Cheryl Moore

Welcome and introduction

11:00 - 11:05


Professor Sir Rory Collins

Session chair 

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 Pangalos

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

Wearable phenotyping in UK Biobank

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

Dr Robin Buckle 

Reflections from MRC 

17:10 - 17:20

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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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