The Whitehall II study

The Whitehall II study was established by University College London (UCL), with the aim of exploring the relationship between socio-economic status, stress and cardiovascular disease. A cohort of 10,308 participants aged 35-55, of whom 3,413 were women and 6,895 men, was recruited from 20 British Civil Service departments in 1985.

Since this first wave of data collection, participants have been followed through self-completion questionnaires every 2-3 years and further clinical examinations including OGTTs every 5 years. Data collection is intended to continue until 2030. 

Questionnaire data include:

  • Health (illness, medication history)
  • Lifestyle (diet, smoking, physical activity, socioeconomic characteristics and SF-36)

Clinical data include:
  • Anthropometry (height, weight, waist, hip)
  • Blood analysis (fasting- and 2-hour glucose and insulin, biomarkers, lipids, vitamins)
  • Cardiovascular measures (blood pressure, electrocardiogram, heart rate variability, pulse wave velocity)
  • Cognitive function and physical functioning
The Director of the Whitehall II Study is:
Professor Mika Kivimaki
Chair of Social Epidemiology
Whitehall II Study Director

Our research group is in close collaboration with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. We have published several research papers based on data collected as part of the Whitehall II study.

Contact persons in Clinical Epidemiology: Dorte Vistisen or Kristine Færch

Sidst opdateret 13-09-2016