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Scientific Conference 2021

Engage | Enhance | Enable 

The UK Biobank Scientific Conference took place on 25th February and composed of stimulating talks throughout the afternoon, news about exciting developments, and research that derives from UK Biobank. More details about each session are below whilst content from last year's conference is available by clicking on the button below.

On-demand content for 2020


The sessions

  • Enabling COVID-19 research

This session will shed light on studies that UK Biobank has set up to help tackle the global pandemic, as well as the ways in which UK Biobank has enabled the research community to better understand the determinants and consequences of COVID-19.

  • Democratising access

This session will inform researchers about how UK Biobank is aiming to facilitate access to, and analysis of, its database to make research as cost-effective and accessible as possible for all.

  • Multi-omics in UK Biobank

This session will take a deep dive into various large-scale assays that are ongoing within UK Biobank, such as whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing, telomere measurements, and proteomics.


Attendees from 33 countries

tuned in to watch UK Biobank's Scientific Conference 2021

Session one: Enabling COVID-19 research 

Professor Fiona Watt

Introduction and welcome
13:00 - 13:15

Dr. Kenneth Baillie

Genetic mechanisms in severe Covid-19
13:15 - 13:30 

Professor Naomi Allen 

How UK Biobank is enabling COVID-19 research
13:30 - 13:45

Professor Paul Matthews 

Assessing multi-organ morbidities associated with SARS-CoV-2 using the UK Biobank Imaging Enhancement
13:45 - 14:00

Professor Kari Stefánsson

Panellist in Q&A session
14:00 - 14:20

Professor Louise Wain

Panellist in Q&A session
14:00 - 14:20

Session two: Democratising Access 

Professor Thomas Keane 

Chair to session
14:35 - 14:40

Dr. Mark Effingham 

Democratising Access to the UK Biobank Resource
14:40 - 14:55

Mr. Gareth Gregory 

Updates to Data Access Fees and Material Transfer Agreements
14:55 - 15:10

Dr. Jeffrey Reid 

Go Big AND Go Home: How to transform the world with data, without leaving home
15:10 - 15:25

Professor Ruth Gilbert 

Panellist in Q&A session
15:25 - 15:45

Professor Jemma Hopewell

Panellist in Q&A session
15:25 - 15:45

Session three: Multi-omics in UK Biobank

Professor Matthew Hurles 

Chair to session
15:55 - 16:00

Professor Cecilia Lindgren

UKBB: Genetics on Population Scale- Building Maps for Translation into Mechanisms and Medicine
16:00 - 16:15

Dr. Christopher Whelan

Proteomics at Population Scale: The UKB – Pharma Proteomics Project
16:15 - 16:30

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani

Telomeres in UK Biobank
16:30 - 16:45

Professor Tony Whetton

Panellist in Q&A session
16:45 - 17:05

The Rt Hon. the Lord Kakkar

Closing remarks
17:05 - 17:15

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