The UK Biobank, the most comprehensive health study in the UK, is opening its doors to researchers. The biobank began recruiting participants three years ago, and was open to people aged 40 to 69. The hope is that the UK Biobank will allow scientists to investigate why some people develop meticulous diseases in middle age while others do not, with the hope of developing new treatments and prevention strategies.
According to Professor Sir Rory Collins, principal investigator at the biobank this is without doubt an extremely exciting day for medicinal research, not just in the UK but around the world. It has enormous potential for future generations and will help us understand how our children and our children's children can live longer, better lives. The biobank is funded by the Welcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Department of Health, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the British Heart Foundation.