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UK Biobank

UK Biobank

An initiative that follows 500,000 people to document and study their health in order to gain data about illnesses. It is operated from the United Kingdom.

UK Biobank is a British project that has the stated goal of improving the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of various diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and stroke. UK Biobank strives towards this goal by collecting blood, urine, and saliva samples from its 500,000 participants to study and analyze their contents and also by tracking those participants for a number of years. The contents the participants give to the initiative are predicted to reveal a link between genome variation and human disease.

Project

UK Biobank recruited its participants between 2006 and 2010. During that time participants went to assessment centers where biological matter containing DNA was extracted and information about their health and lifestyle habits where documented. Their genes were sequenced and the insights found with those sequences were studied and published by scientists working on the project. Other scientists and healthcare professionals can access this data by applying for and registering for access. Further studies have been conducted with select participants, specifically in the areas of brain imaging and eye and vision studies.

Timeline

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Further reading

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Quantitative CMR population imaging on 20,000 subjects of the UK Biobank imaging study: LV/RV quantification pipeline and its evaluation

Rahman Attar et al.

Web

August 2019

UK Biobank data on 500,000 people paves way to precision medicine

Web

October 10, 2018

UK Biobank shares the promise of big data

Nancy Cox

Web

October 10, 2018

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Who can use the UK Biobank resource?

April 21, 2016

Companies

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News

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Zahra Tayeb
June 20, 2021
Business Insider
The results of a UK study suggest that there could be a loss of gray matter in areas of the brain related to taste and smell for COVID-19 survivors.
June 20, 2021
Business Insider
A new study suggests that COVID-19 survivors may suffer from a loss of brain tissue, over time. The study drew on data from UK Biobank, a database for genetic
Zahra Tayeb
June 20, 2021
news.yahoo.com
The results of a UK study suggest that there could be a loss of gray matter in areas of the brain related to taste and smell for COVID-19 survivors.
BioSpace
April 14, 2021
BioSpace
Today, AMRA Medical announced an expansion of its dataset, resulting from a collaboration with Pfizer Inc. and UK Biobank, from 10,000 to 25,000 UK Biobank participants - another step toward their shared goal of analyzing the body composition of 100,000 individuals
Telegraph reporters
February 3, 2021
The Telegraph
Study finds 99 per cent of participants retained antibodies for three months, while 88 per cent did so for six months
Rebecca Morelle
April 14, 2020
BBC News
A vast store of DNA is being used to study why the severity of symptoms for coronavirus is so varied.

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