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UK BioBank

UK Biobank is a national and international health resource registered as a charity in Scotland

UK Biobank is a national and international health resource with unparalleled research opportunities, open to all bona fide health researchers. UK Biobank aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. It is following the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants and provides health information, which does not identify them, to approved researchers in the UK and overseas, from academia and industry. Scientists, please ensure you read the background materials before registering. To our participants, we say thank you for supporting this important resource to improve health. Without you, none of the research featured on this website would be possible.

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Rory Collins

Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of UK Biobank

UK BioBank News

Salt-free diet: the simple way to reduce your risk of heart disease

The Guardian - 27-Aug-2023

Simply not adding salt to EVERY meal can have the biggest effect


Eye imaging can track the efficacy of interventions aimed at slowing the aging process

Buck Institute - 28-Mar-2023

Scans to know the eyeAge can provide an actionable evaluation of gero-protective therapeutics


Telomere length may have protective effects against dementia-provide a pathway for future research

Oxford Population Health - 22-Mar-2023

Associations between telomere length and endophenotypes could help treat neurodegenerative disease


Ultra-processed foods effect overall health, may increase risk for cancer

Independent - 01-Feb-2023

Studies also link UPFs with heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes besides cancer


Very short bouts of vigorous activity everyday, reduces the risk of cancer and heart diseases

The University of Sydney - 09-Dec-2022

Stepping up the pace while walking or doing the housework with a bit more energy may prolong life


Phone apps could record six minutes of consecutive walking to predict risk of early death

New Atlas - 20-Oct-2022

The study computes predictive models for risk stratification via population analysis for results


AI tool could let someone know in 60 seconds or less their level of risk of cardiovascular disease

The Guardian - 04-Oct-2022

AI-enabled imaging of the retina’s veins and arteries can specify the risk, results from big study


Excessive alcohol consumption may age you faster by accelerating your biological age

Interesting Engineering - 28-Jul-2022

Alcohol consumption causes telomere shortening, leading to several age-related diseases


Shorter lifespan in men linked with loss of male sex chromosome while aging

The Conversation (UK) - 14-Jul-2022

Understanding how Y chromosome may contribute to age-related diseases can help prevent them


Relation between seasoning cooked food with salt and premature death revealed

The Guardian - 11-Jul-2022

Not adding extra salt to already prepared foods could be a healthier option


Faster walking associated with longer telomeres, could improve health and lifespan (LEAF) - 11-May-2022

We know exercise keeps people healthier and this may be just one of the underlying mechanisms


23andMe discover new gene loci for 3 rare diseases

GenomeWeb - 20-Oct-2021

Demonstrates the power of having millions of DNA records even with less reliable self-reported data


Genetic diversity, hoped to explain varied severity of COVID-19 symptoms

BBC - 14-Apr-2020

A look into DNA data from UK Biobank to answer many questions on the virus


Inheritance of damaging mutations decides how long we get to live

GEN News - 10-Apr-2020

With whole exome and genome sequencing we could reveal so many secrets of life


Those with genetic variants for hypertension and obesity have shorter lifespans

Fight Aging! - 30-Mar-2020

Trans-ethnic biobanks are very useful to calculate polygenic risk scores


From cryonic baths to ozone saunas, to the search of magic pill

Wired - 10-Sep-2019

In 2018 consumers spent $43 billion on anti-ageing products according to Orbis analysis