UK BioBank

UK Biobank is a major health resource following the lives of 500,000 UK volunteers. The study allows thousands of health researchers to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, depression and dementia. We do this in a number of ways, including the provision of detailed genetic, lifestyle and linked health data. We have embarked on a pioneering study to MR image the brains, hearts and abdomens of 100,000 participants. This landmark study will create an unparalleled research resource for approved scientists anywhere in the world