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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

UK Biobank - Cohorts of United Kingdom

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

UK Biobank is a major national health resource, and a registered charity in its own right, with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses. UK Biobank recruited UK citizens aged between 40-69 years in 2006-2010 from across the country to take part in this project. They have undergone measures, provided biosamples for future analysis, detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. Over many years this will build into a powerful resource to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.

UK Biobank is hosted by the University of Manchester and supported by the National Health Service (NHS).

Main focus of research:

Cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia.

Approximate number of probands:


Types and number of biosamples available:

DNA, blood, urine, saliva; ca. 1.5 million samples.


UK Biobank
1-2 Spectrum Way

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Paul Burton
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology
Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Adrian Building, University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: 00 44 116 229 7274
Email: pb51[at]

Further information:

Website: UK Biobank

Baseline variables and health outcomes:

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