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 Marc Gunter 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.

EJCN special issue

Nutrient Intakes and Patterns in the EPIC cohorts from ten European countries”. Slimani N & Margetts B. Eur J Clin Nutr 2009, Nov;63, S1-S274