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Accelerating Detection of Disease

Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) is the UK’s largest ever health research programme. By building the most detailed picture we’ve ever had of the UK’s health, it will help detect common diseases earlier and allow more people to live healthier lives for longer.

ADD will invite millions of people over the age of 30, from all backgrounds and from right across the UK to take part. Volunteers will combine information about their health and lifestyles with millions of others to create an incredibly detailed picture that represents the whole of the UK. Researchers will be able to carefully study this information to discover new ways to anticipate, prevent, detect and treat diseases earlier than is currently possible.

The programme is being run by a charity - the Early Disease Detection Research Project UK, with initial funding of £79 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Support will also come from charities and companies involved in healthcare research and development.

The NHS AI Lab is supporting ADD as an important step in delivering the AI and Data Grand Challenge mission to use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.

Analysis of ADD data could help researchers to identify patients most at risk of diseases such as heart disease or dementia, allowing for earlier diagnosis and cheaper, more focused, personalised prevention.