Northern Finland Cohorts
Northern Finland Cohorts comprise collections of data and biological samples from large population studies that are administrated by the Northern Finland Birth Cohorts’ Project Center at the Medical Faculty, University of Oulu.
The Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, NFBC1966 and NFBC1986, form a longitudinal research program which aims to promote health and well-being of the population. The data has been collected from more than 20,000 individuals, who have been followed on a regular basis since antenatal period by health care records, questionnaires and clinical examinations as well as data on their parents and offspring (total n ~ 70,000). In addition cohorts from northern Finland aging individuals, Oulu35 and Oulu45, and a population study The Young in Northern Finland, are contributing to this unique resource, which allows to study the life-course determinants and pathways to health and diseases, and to understand the role of social, genetic and environmental factors occurring between two generations.
The multidisciplinary research conducted with Northern Finland Cohorts supports the Artic attitude strategy at the University of Oulu, especially the thematic focus area of The Molecular and Environmental Basis of Life-long Health.
NFBC Project Center
The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Research Infrastructure (NFBC-INFRA) was established in 2015 to manage, consolidate and maximize the impact of the two large Northern Finland Birth Cohorts NFBC1966 and NFBC1986 in addition to other Northern cohorts such as two cohorts from aging population (Oulu35, Oulu45) and the Young in the North study.
The NFBC-INFRA at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu (UO) is envisioned to form the backbone for research, development and exploitation in the field of biomedical, social and statistical sciences. The NFBC-INFRA supports fully the Artic attitude strategy at the UO especially the thematic focus area The Molecular and Environmental Basis of Life-long Health. NFBC-INFRA contributes to research by providing open access data from more than 20,000 individuals, who have been followed on a regular basis since antenatal period by health care records, questionnaires and clinical examinations as well as data on their parents and offspring (total n ~ 70,000). Altogether more than 700 researchers (national 65%, international 35 %) from different disciplines benefit from NFBC-INFRA.