The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study is one of the largest cohort studies in the world, with more than half a million (521 000) participants recruited across 10 European countries and followed for almost 15 years.

EPIC was designed to investigate the relationships between diet, nutritional status, lifestyle and environmental factors, and the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases. EPIC investigators are active in all fields of epidemiology, and important contributions have been made in nutritional epidemiology using biomarker analysis and questionnaire information, as well as genetic and lifestyle investigations. For details about research activities within EPIC, please refer to the Research and Highlights sections.

The EPIC study is jointly coordinated by Professor Elio Riboli, Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, United Kingdom, and Dr Isabelle Romieu and Dr Paul Brennan at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.

To learn more about the resources available within EPIC, please see the About EPIC section.


 

Professor Elio Riboli, EPIC Coordinator at Imperial College London, presents the EPIC study and its importance in the investigation of various factors that have a role in the etiology and, potentially, the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.
He highlights how, since the study’s inception in the 1990s, the EPIC infrastructure has become the mature resource that it is today, with a unique collection of data, biospecimens, and end-points across 10 European countries.

Interview recorded at the biobank of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon (France) - April 2014



Latest publications

  • Fedirko V et al. Pre-diagnostic circulating vitamin D levels and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in European populations: A nested case-control study. Hepatology; 2014 Feb 20. PMID:24644045

  • Neamat-Allah J et al. Validation of Anthropometric Indices of Adiposity against Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging - A Study within the German European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Cohorts. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 13;9(3):e91586. PMID:24626110

  • Fedirko V et al. Pre-diagnostic Anthropometry and Survival after Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis in Western European Populations. Int J Cancer. 2014 Mar 13. PMID:24623514

  • Duarte-Salles T et al. Dairy products and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Int J Cancer. 2014 Feb 26. PMID:24615266