UK BioBank is a major international health resource, run under the guidance of the Department for Health, the Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council. It has the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. All participants are currently genotyped, with progress being made towards whole genome sequencing for everyone. This powerful medical resource will help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.
TPP collaborates by providing full electronic health record data, data linkage and data science support. This data, together with biological samples, makes BioBank a formidable research base. TPP is the largest supplier of primary care EHR data to the UK BioBank, providing the vital insights needed for this research.