Health study to come to Wrexham
August 31, 2010 by Michael
Print companies in Wrexham will be playing a huge when they issue invites to residents in the area to take part in the UK’s biggest health study. As part of one of the biggest studies of its kind, UK Biobank is looking for Wrexham residents to take part in a scheme that will ultimately look to aid developments in treatments to fight cancer and heart disease. Half a million adults are hoped to be enlisted and volunteers have already been recruited from Swansea and Cardiff. Now, UK Biobank is coming to Wrexham to sign up residents aged 40 – 69 years to take tests which it is hoped will provide insight into why certain adults develop some illnesses whilst others do not.
Volunteers in the area will be asked for genetic samples which will be stored for years with information on their health and lifestyles – their health will also be followed for the next 30 years. It is hoped that the study will help scientists to gain insight into other diseases aside from cancer and heart disease with information gathered on diabetes, depression and dementia. Scientists for UK Biobank hope that the people of Wrexham will support the project and its positive work that will assist in understanding these illnesses over several years. Some residents in Wrexham are specifically being invited to take part whilst the company is also looking for volunteers in the area to join the health study. The project will also involve the building of a mobile assessment unit in the Waterworld car park in Chester Street, Wrexham.