Over a million euros for cohort studies in Oulu

Academy of Finland has given funding from its “Health from cohorts and biobanks” academy program for shared cohort projects of consortiums consisting of universities and research centers. Five experts from the University of Oulu and the University Hospital of Oulu (OYS) received over 5 million euros of funding in total.

The consortium led by research director Minna Männikkö will create a model for combining and harmonizing health data between birth cohorts of Northern Finland, the Northern Finnish biobank Borealis, and the Biobank of the National Institute for Health and Welfare. By combining health data in connection with hospital biobank samples with lifestyle and biological data from follow-up studies, signs of healthy aging or illness can be studied. Maximally wide and uniform data will bring new opportunities to utilize biobanks in research and in health care. Minna Männikkö received 323,000 euros of funding, and project manager Pia Nyberg (OYS, Northern Finnish biobank Borealis) received 270,000 euros. The three parties in the consortium received the total of 744,000 euros in funding.

Professor Juha Veijola is participating in the Finnish psychiatric birth cohort consortium, which combines seven Finnish birth cohort data from the universities of Turku and Oulu, and the National Institute for Health and Welfare. By combining and harmonizing the data it will be possible to study mental disorders from a life course viewpoint. The data covers several decades, and it can also be used to study the trends in the prevalence of mental disorders. The consortium is led by the University of Turku. Professor Veijola received the funding of approximately 250,000 euros for the project. The three parties of the consortium received the total of 798,000 euros of funding.

Clinical teacher Juha Auvinen participates in the consortium, whose goal is to start a long-term national collaboration and research network by harmonizing eight important birth cohorts in different parts of Finland, including the birth cohorts of Northern Finland. The short term goal is to start an analysis platform from combined birth cohorts, with which it is possible to study microbe exposure and influencing factors such as how environment biodiversity is connected with asthma, allergies and chronic low-grade inflammation. Auvinen received approximately 45,000 euros of funding for the project. The seven parties of the consortium received the total of approximately 800,000 euros.

DIPP, STRIP, and the boy study of Turku are large Finnish cohort studies, which have collected a very exact and large amount of data on nutrition, growth and development from a large group of children and youths during the last 25 years. Professor Riitta Veijola is participating in a consortium which is developing a model for collecting the nutrition and metabolic data of these three studies for analyzing. The goal is to study the effects of early nutrition and environmental factors for heart and vascular health, metabolic morbidity, overweight and allergy; and on the other hand to study the connection of reproductive health with overweight and metabolism. Professor Veijola received approximately 200,000 euros of funding. The four parties of the consortium received the total of approximately 697,000 euros.

Last updated: 2.1.2017