UK Biobank: from concept to reality

Pharmacogenomics. 2005 Sep;6(6):639-46. doi: 10.2217/14622416.6.6.639.


The UK Biobank is a major UK collaborative research project to recruit and follow longitudinally the health of 500,000 volunteers aged between 40-69 years. It will provide important biological samples and environmental exposure data. As such, it will constitute a resource for many future investigations of the separate and combined effects of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors on human morbidity, mortality and health.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biological Specimen Banks* / ethics
  • Biological Specimen Banks* / standards
  • Cohort Studies
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Genetic Research*
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Middle Aged
  • Population / genetics
  • Prospective Studies
  • United Kingdom