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EXCEED (Extended Cohort for E-health, Environment and DNA) looks at the causes of long-term health conditions by collecting information about genes and lifestyle. More than 10,000 people have already taken part.

We now aim to understand why some people develop more severe COVID-19 than others, and the impact of the pandemic on long-term conditions. This will help develop new ways to prevent or treat COVID-19 and long-term conditions during and after the pandemic. Minority ethnic and migrant communities have had higher rates of COVID-19 hospital admissions. To understand why this is happening we especially encourage volunteers to join us from these communities.

Key numbers



participants since 2013

Participants have provided information on their lifestyle, health and genetics to help us understand more about long-term health conditions.



new recruitment from 2022 onwards

We are aiming to recruit an additional 10,000 people across the whole of the Midlands, UK.



studies underway

Researchers in Leicester and elsewhere are using information collected through EXCEED to study topics including childhood infections and response to antidepressants.

How to take part

You can take part online by registering your email address, reading our participant information sheet, filling in the consent form, and completing two short questionnaires.

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For current participants

Thank you for being involved in EXCEED. You can now contribute to the COVID-19 focus by completing new questionnaires.

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