Our research mission
Delivering better health outcomes
Despite advances in healthcare and medicine, large numbers of people in the UK still spend many years of their later life in poor health because of common diseases and health conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and stroke.
Our Future Health will help health researchers to tackle this growing burden of disease. With our data, they will be able to develop new ways to detect diseases at an earlier stage, and even prevent them from occurring in the first place.
More about our research mission
Our Future Health is designed to help researchers tackle the growing burden of disease in the UK. Research suggests that currently, 54% of people aged 65 or older live with two or more serious health conditions, like cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. By 2035, that figure is projected to rise to 68%.
People taking part are asked to provide information about their health and lifestyles and a small sample of their blood.
Our Future Health is committed to building a resource that truly reflects the UK population, so that we can identify differences in how diseases begin and progress in people from different backgrounds.
Millions of people will join Our Future Health, to help future generations live healthier lives for longer. So, we believe it is crucial that we include the views of the public in the development of the programme.
Our research mission – explained
See how we’ll help researchers prevent, detect and treat diseases.
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“I joined Our Future Health to give back for all the care I received.”
Joanne Foden speaks about the cancer treatment that saved her life – and led to her volunteering for Our Future Health.