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A description of UK Biobank

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UK Biobank is a large-scale biomedical database and research resource containing genetic and health information from half a million UK participants.

UK Biobank recruited 500,000 people aged between 40-69 years in 2006-2010 from across the country to take part in this project. With their consent, they regularly provide blood, urine and saliva samples for analysis, as well as detailed information about their lifestyle.

UK Biobank’s research resource is a major contributor in the advancement of modern medicine and treatment, helping to improve understanding of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases and stroke. Over the past two decades, UK Biobank has enabled several scientific discoveries that improve human health.

UK Biobank is generously supported by its founding funders the Wellcome Trust and UK Medical Research Council, as well as the Department of Health, Scottish Government and the Northwest Regional Development Agency. The organisation has over 180 dedicated members of staff, based in multiple locations across the UK.

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