23 March 2006
The UK Biobank project aims to create a massive bank of biological material and linked medical information with a view to facilitating research into the genetic and environmental factors that affect the risk of common complex diseases. It is intended that a total of 500,000 adult volunteers aged between 40-69 will eventually be recruited and their future health outcomes followed; this information combined with genetic and lifestyle data will be available for research.
A pilot centre opened in Altrincham, South Manchester on 13th March, and up to 3000 individuals in the area are being contacted by post and invited to participate in the venture. This will entail a visit to the assessment centre of around an hour for clinical assessments, provision of blood and urine samples, and agreement for UK Biobank to follow their future