The Oxford Biobank is a resource for the future and the development of novel and individualized therapies for patients. The Oxford Biobank is currently expanding and we passed the first target of 5000 participants in May 2012. We are now well on our way to the next target of 10,000 participants, having now undertaken 7500+ visits.
That means that we will have the genotype and phenotype on 7500 samples. While some other biobank collections only collect genetic material, we collect data like height, weight and BMI as well as having full blood profiles for each genetic sample. This gives researchers a powerful tool to conduct their studies including ‘recruit-by-genotype’ studies which allow scientists to understand gene function at a whole body level. We can also conduct ‘recruit-by-phenotype’ studies for studies requiring specific phenotypic characteristics.
Due to the rich abundance of the collection, the Oxford Biobank has also been used on many occasions as a confirmation cohort for genome-wide association studies.