Message for Study Participants – change in the way we process your data

Please note that there have been changes in the way that we process participants’ data…

Posted 16 December 2021 ·

The EPIC-Oxford Study

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Welcome to EPIC-Oxford. The Oxford component of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) is a prospective cohort of 65,000 men and women living in the UK, many of whom are vegetarian.

The main objective of the study is to examine how diet influences the risk of cancer, particularly for the most common types of cancer in Britain, as well as other chronic diseases. The study began in 1993 and since then a great deal of important research has been published from EPIC-Oxford and its collaboration with other EPIC centres in Europe.

In 2015 EPIC-Oxford was awarded a new grant by the Medical Research Council titled “Health of Vegetarians”. This research will be a major focus of our work over the next five years, and will include analyses of the relationships of vegetarian and vegan diets with the risk for heart disease, strokes, bone fractures, arthritis and various disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract. We will also continue our work on diet and cancer risk, which is supported by Cancer Research UK.

The EPIC-Oxford study becomes even more valuable for understanding the long-term effects of diet on health as time goes on and the continued support of participants in this important study is vital for its continuing success.

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2020 NEWS

More volunteers needed for the EPIC-Oxford Participant Panel

We established a participant panel for the EPIC-Oxford study last year, consisting of a group of existing study participants who met with the EPIC team via video conference in September 2019.

The role of the panel is to provide the study team with advice and guidance on our research plans and findings. We would now like to expand the number of volunteers on this panel so if you would like to volunteer or wish to know more about the panel, please email us at for further information.

EPIC-Oxford 2020 Newsletter

Please click here for the EPIC-Oxford 2020 newsletter.

Diet group and fracture risk

You may have seen in the news recently about Dr Tammy Tong’s paper on “Vegetarian and vegan diets and risks of total and site-specific fractures: results from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study.”

New EPIC-Oxford analyses showed that vegans had higher risks of total, hip, leg and vertebral fractures than meat eaters, while fish eaters and vegetarians had higher risks of hip fractures than meat eaters. These differences may be partly explained by the lower body mass index, and lower dietary intakes of calcium and protein in the non-meat eaters, especially in the vegans.

Please click here to read the paper and here for information about this paper on the NDPH website.

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