The EPIC cohort in Spain consists of over 40,000 men and women.
EPIC in Spain is co-ordinated from Barcelona and has five centres: the Andalusian School of Public Health in Granada, the Council for Health and Social Affairs of Asturia in Oviedo, the Health Administration of Guipuzcoa in San Sebastian, the Council for Health and Social Affairs of Murcia and the Institute of Public Health at the Regional Government of Navarre, in Pamplona.
The age of the participants at recruitment varied from centre to centre, but was generally in the region of 35-65 at time of recruitment. The centres drew their participants from different sources:
Oviedo/Asturias region: blood donors, regional civil servants and the general population.
Granada province: blood donors and the general population (recruited through census and health centres).
Murcia autonomous community: blood donors and their partners (67% of cohort), general population of two towns (23%), civil servants (5%), employees of two companies (3%) and participants of a cardiovascular risk study (2%).
Pamplona city and Navarre region: blood donors and the general population.
San Sebastian city and Gipuzkoa province: blood donors and employees of selected companies (recruited through census of selected municipalities).