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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Patient research project launch

12th September 2007

Patients living in England will be given an invitation to become part of a large-scale medical initiative designed to study serious illnesses and find possible cures.


The Department of Health is providing funding for the project, which will be known as UK Biobank. It is intended to be one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever performed in England.

Research will look closely at serious conditions including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and dementia. The project is headed by Rory Collins, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Oxford University, and has the backing of the British Heart Foundation.

The UK Biobank project wants to recruit half a million people aged between 40-69. The study will monitor the participants' health over the next 30 years.

Participants in the study will be given an assessment at local centres and will be asked if they agree for the UK Biobank project to track their health data in the future.

Patients involved in the research will answer questions about their health and will have their blood pressure, weight and bone density measured. They will also provide blood and urine samples.

Professor Sally Davies, head of research and development at the Department of Health said: "Though it may not directly benefit those who take part, UK Biobank will help us understand how our children and our children's children can live longer, healthier lives. Helping others will, I hope, be a powerful motivation for many people to take part."

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