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EPIC - European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

EPIC was designed to investigate the relationships between diet, nutritional status, lifestyle and environmental factors and the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases. EPIC is the largest study of diet and health ever undertaken, having recruited people in ten European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Recruitment into the study, which was initiated in 1992, was principally from the general population aged 20 years or over, and took place between 1993 and 1999. Detailed information on diet and lifestyle was obtained by questionnaire, and anthropometric measurements and blood samples were taken at recruitment. The blood is stored in liquid nitrogen for future analyses. By studying very many people in different countries with differing diets, using carefully designed and tested questionnaires, EPIC should produce much more specific information about the effect of diet on long-term health than any previous study.

It is planned to follow-up the study participants for at least the next 10 years.

Main focus of research: role of nutrition and lifestyle in cancer development and other chronic diseases.

Approximate number of probands: 520.000.

Types and number of biosamples available: blood; ca. 5.2 million samples.


Nadia Slimani / Paul Brennan
150 Cours Albert Thomas
69372 Lyon CEDEX 08, France

Tel: +33 (0)4 72 73 84 85
slimanin[at] / brennanP[at]

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Nadia Slimani / Paul Brennan, see above

Further information:



EJCN special issue : Nutrient Intakes and Patterns in the EPIC cohorts from ten European countries". Slimani N & Margetts B. Eur J Clin Nutr 2009, Nov;63, S1-S274.

Conference proceedings of the European Conference on Nutrition and Cancer, 2001:
Riboli E., Lambert A. (eds): Nutrition and lifestyle: Opportunities for Cancer Prevention. IARC Sci. Publ. No.156. 2002.

BBMRI-LPC Biobanks
c/o Technische Universität München • Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology • Ismaninger Str. 22 • D-81675 München
tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066 & +49 (0)89-4140-4320 • wichmann[at] & klaus.kuhn[at]
Last modification of this page: 09.02.2015