UK Biobank is a national and international health resource with unparalleled research opportunities, open to all bona fide health researchers. UK Biobank aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses – including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, depression and dementia.

It follows the health and wellbeing of 500,000 volunteer participants and provides health information, which does not identify them, to approved researchers in the UK and overseas, from academia and industry. The resource is funded predominantly by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.


UK Biobank is an open access resource. The Resource is open to bona fide scientists, undertaking health-related research that is in the public good. Approved scientists from the UK and overseas and from academia, government, charity and commercial companies can apply to use the Resource. Since access opened in 2012 UK Biobank has approved over 10,000 registrations from researchers working in over 1,375 institutes in 68 countries and approved over 1,200 applications to enable these researchers to access this valuable Resource.

UK Biobank datasets in the Innovation Gateway

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