General population-based cohort
Alzheimer's disease, Dementia (unclassified), Frontotemporal dementia, Huntington's disease, Lewy body disease, Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Motor neurone disease, Other NDs not listed, Parkinson's disease, Prion disease, Vascular dementia
UK Biobank is a major national health resource, and a registered charity in its own right, with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia.
500,000 people aged between 40-69 years were recruited in 2006-2010 from across the country to take part in this project. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. The cohort is primarily followed through data linkage but the cohort was re-contacted in 2012-13 with a further 100,000 to be approached over the next few years.
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Department of Health
National Institute for Health Research
British Heart Foundation
Northwest Regional Development Agency