EPIC-NL (www.epicnl.eu) is a merger of the Prospect-EPIC cohort (coordinated by the Julius Center) and the Morgen-EPIC cohort (coordinated by the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven). It is a cohort of over 40,000 men and women from Amsterdam, Doetinchem, Maastricht and Utrecht and surroundings, aged 20-70 years at recruitment in 1993-1997.
The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between nutrition and cancer, biomarkers and other chronic diseases. Participants filled out lifestyle and medical questionnaires and extensive food frequency questionnaires. Blood samples were taken, fractionated and stored at -196°C for all participants.