Information for researchers

The UK Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Research Project (UKAGS) is a prospective cohort study of patients with small abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and a group of healthy controls. 20000 males attending the NHS AAA screening programme will be recruited over 5 years. Biochemical samples will be obtained from each participant and all participants will be followed up through the UK Medical Research Information Service. Those participants with small AAA will be followed up with yearly biochemical sampling and clinical data collection. This approach will generate an unprecedented resource to enable the study of the natural history of AAA alongside laboratory experiments that will determine the natural history, risk factors and causes of AAA and AAA growth.