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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Dementia (unclassified), Frontotemporal dementia, Motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1992-99 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 521000  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment    
Gender Male and Female 

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) is a prospective cohort with more than 521,000 study participants enrolled from 23 centres in 10 western European countries. Detailed information on diet, lifestyle characteristics, anthropometric measurements, and medical history was collected at recruitment (1992-1999).

Biological samples including plasma, serum, leukocytes, and erythrocytes were also collected at baseline from 387,889 individuals and are stored at the International Agency for Research on Cancer – World Health Organization (IARC-WHO) and mirrored at EPIC collaborating centres. Overall, the EPIC biorepositories host more than 9 million aliquots, constituting one of the largest biobanks in the world for biochemical and genetic investigations on cancer and other chronic diseases. Follow-up measures of lifestyle exposures have been collected and will be centralized at IARC in 2016.

Last update – 25/04/2017

Country Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name Multiple 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Elio Riboli, Dr Marc Gunter and Dr Paul Brennan 
Contact email [email protected] 
Contact phone number 33 (0)4 72 73 84 85 
Address IARC,
150 Cours Albert Thomas,
69372 Lyon
Funders (Core support) World Health Organisation (WHO) 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: N/A
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Reproductive
Biological samples: Blood
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: Consent for brain donation
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Income and finances, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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