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UK Biobank is a major UK medical research initiative, 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 – including cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis and forms of dementia. The purpose of UK Biobank is to set up a resource that can support a diverse range of research intended to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, and the promotion of health throughout society.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Aims to study how the health of 500,000 people, aged 40-69, from the UK is affected by their lifestyle.

Diet, cognitive function, saliva collection, physical activity, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, metabolic studies, internet assessments

Cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, prevention, diagnosis, treatment
Identifier Variables
Biobank, NHS
Area of Health System
Public health
Disease Area
Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Dementia, Joint problems
Data collecting organization (s)
UK Biobank
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

The study of health of 500,000 people at age 40-69

UK Biobank
Conditions of Access
Custodian access