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A long-term health study

UK Biobank is a long-term prospective study, which means it plans to follow your health over many years. In this section you can find out about our current health studies that will add extra layers of detail to your health data. This ongoing relationship with you is one of the reasons why UK Biobank is uniquely able to enable scientific discoveries that improve human health. Without you, this would not be possible. Thank you for participating and your long-term dedication to tomorrow's next key discovery.

Coronavirus self-test antibody study

The UK Biobank is inviting all participants to take part in the coronavirus self-test antibody study to help urgent research on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Findings from this study will provide researchers with unique opportunities to investigate the long-term health effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection (“Long COVID”) and other health research related to COVID-19. The study is taking part in two phases - phase 1 is running from February to March 2021 whilst phase 2 will be starting in mid-March 2021. Please use the link below to access all documentation for phase 1.

Find out more about phase 1 

Professor Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator

Participants generosity will be repaid many times over by the research community in the months and years ahead, as we learn more about the impact of the devastating coronavirus illness on different people, and how to treat it.

COVID-19 repeat imaging study

The UK Biobank COVID-19 repeat imaging study aims to scan more than 3,000 people over the next 6 to 9 months. Thanks to your help, we collected imaging scans from about 50,000 participants before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. Collecting a second set of imaging scans from some people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and from others who have not been infected will generate a unique resource to enable scientists to understand how the virus affects internal organs.

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Take part in the biggest imaging study in the world

We have set ourselves the goal of undertaking MRI imaging of the hearts and brains of 100,000 participants. This is the largest imaging study ever undertaken and is transforming research into diseases like dementia, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Our imaging project is currently on hold due to the concerns about Coronavirus but you can still click on the button below to find out more about this project. 

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A carotid artery scan

A carotid artery scan

Online questionnaires

There were lots of things we wanted to ask you about your health and wellbeing when you first joined UK Biobank, but because of time constraints, we were unable to do so at your first visit. However, email communication has allowed us to re-contact you and continue to gather important information.

Online questionnaires have proven to be enormously successful, and around 1 in 2 participants have taken part in each one. Because they are online and therefore generate digital results, there is little delay in making these data available to the international research community. Published health findings on many conditions have started to emerge through the use of UK Biobank online questionnaires.  

Please ensure your contact details are up to date so we can notify you when these questionnaires are available for you to partake. 

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Heart monitor

We want to enable the discovery of vital clues to prevent and treat life-altering diseases like stroke and dementia. If you are aged 60 or over, we may ask you to wear a heart monitor to measure the rhythm of your heart. It will shine a light on a heart rhythm disturbance called atrial fibrillation, which is often symptomless but can have a devastating effect on health.

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Did you know?

20 in 100 strokes are caused by carotid artery disease

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