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Cohort Acronym
EPIC - Norfolk

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1993-97 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 30000  
Estimated Current Sample Size 20,000 to 49,999 
Age at Recruitment 40-79   
Gender Male and Female 

The Norfolk component of the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) recruited over 30,000 people from 1993 to 2000. EPIC-Norfolk participants are men and women who were aged between 40 and 79 when they joined the study and who lived in Norwich and the surrounding towns and rural areas. They have been contributing information about their diet, lifestyle and health through questionnaires and health checks over two decades.

Following baseline data collection the cohort has been followed up at 18 months by questionnaire, 3 years (1997-2000) – second health check and questionnaire, 10 years – health questionnaire , 13 years (2006-2011) – third Health examination and questionnaire.

The primary aim of the ten country half a million international EPIC collaboration is to examine the relationships between diet and incident cancers; that is, cancers which have developed after they joined the study. This broadened to include lifestyle and genetic factors and other diseases

A secondary aim is to study the relationship between dietary intake and other diseases and disease risk factors. In EPIC-Norfolk, these include heart attacks and strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, dementia, eye diseases and many others. We are also studying the link between disease and other factors, such as psychosocial health.

EPIC Norfolk is part of the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a multi-million pound public-private partnership to accelerate progress in dementias research.

Last update: 07/12/2017

Country United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name University of Cambridge 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Kay-Tee Khaw 
Contact email PI Email: [email protected]. General Email: [email protected]  
Contact phone number +44 (0) 1223 740170 
Address Strangeways Research Laboratory
Wort's Causeway
CB1 8RN 
Funders (Core support) Medical Research Council
Cancer Research UK 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Cognitive function
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), CSF biomarker data available, Other, Urine
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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