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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Alzheimer's disease, Dementia (unclassified), Frontotemporal dementia, Huntington's disease, Lewy body disease, Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Motor neurone disease, Other NDs not listed, Parkinson's disease, Prion disease, Vascular dementia

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 2006-2010 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 500,000  
Estimated Current Sample Size 500,000+ 
Age at Recruitment 49-69   
Gender Male and Female 

UK Biobank is a major national health resource, 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, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia.

500,000 people aged between 40-69 years were recruited in 2006-2010 from across the country to take part in this project. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. The cohort is primarily followed through data linkage but the cohort was re-contacted in 2012-13 with a further 100,000 to be approached over the next few years.

Country United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name UK Biobank 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Sir Rory Collins, Chief Scientist, Professor Cathie Sudlow 
Contact email [email protected] Chief Scientist email: [email protected] 
Contact phone number Telephone: 0800 0 276 276 
Address UK Biobank
1-2 Spectrum Way
SK3 0SA 
Funders (Core support) Medical Research Council
Wellcome Trust
Department of Health
National Institute for Health Research
British Heart Foundation
Diabetes UK
Northwest Regional Development Agency
Welsh Government
Scottish Government 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: N/A
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Microbiome, Urine
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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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