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Oxford Biobank

Trial categories: Diabetes; Heart; Other

Sponsoring organisation: University of Oxford

The Oxford Biobank began in 2000 and to-date has recruited almost 8000 healthy men and women; in 2012 the Oxford Biobank became the Oxford arm of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) BioResource. The NIHR BioResourse is a government initiative to utilize thousands of volunteers from different centers around the country, both with and without health problems, all of whom are willing to be approached to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease.

Environmental factors such as diet, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise together with inherited factors increase the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The aim of the Oxford Biobank is to gain a better understanding of these inherited factors and to investigate why some people develop these conditions and others do not. This represents a valuable resource for medical research, enabling the translation of early discoveries to the benefit of patients in the future.


We are recruiting men and women, primarily within Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, who are healthy and aged between 30-50 years.

A visit involves a one hour appointment at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, Churchill Hospital, Oxford. We record detailed measurements such as blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and skinfolds and store blood samples including DNA for genetic analysis.

A Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, which measures total and regional body fat and provides an estimation of hidden internal abdominal fat is performed on a high proportion of participants. The results of the scan will be explained and discussed with participants during the visit by one of our experienced research nurses.

We carry out biochemical analyses on samples collected and send out a summary of individual measurements to participants of fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure and BMI.

If you wish to take part in our study or would like more information please contact us via the following link

If you have any further questions regarding our research or would like a paper copy of the study information sheet please contact the Oxford Biobank: