The EPIC-Oxford Study

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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We are looking for volunteers to join our EPIC-Oxford Participant Panel here at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.

The panel will consist of a group of 6 to 10 study participants and will give members of the public the chance to provide us with advice and guidance on our research plans and findings. Members of the panel would be contacted via email and would meet via video conference approximately once a year (you would need your computer, laptop or tablet to have a webcam for this).

All of our research depends upon the support and participation of the public and this has contributed to the success of many of the large-scale and population cohort studies and clinical trials run by the Nuffield Department of Population Health.

So, if you are an existing participant in the EPIC-Oxford Study and you would like to join the Participant Panel or require further information about the panel, please email us at

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