Conference on Epidemiological Birth Cohort and Longitudinal Studies – 3rdPaula Rantakallio Symposium

Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June, 2018, Oulu, Finland

Organized by The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Studies (

University of Oulu, Finland (

Program as pdf-file

Wednesday June 13th


09.00 – 10.00

Welcome coffee and registration

Session I

Chair, Juha Veijola

10.00 – 10.15

Opening remarks
Taina Pihlajaniemi, Professor, Vice rector, University of Oulu, Finland

10.15 – 10.50

Stress and chronic disease across the life course
Mika Kivimäki, University College of London, United Kingdom

10.50 – 11.05

Prenatal cigarette smoke exposure and DNA methylation changes in adulthood
Ville Karhunen, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

11.05 - 11.20

Investigating the impact of second-hand tobacco smoke exposure on DNA methylation and related health risks; the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
Rebecca Ricmond, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

11.20 – 11.55

First trimester origins of adult diseases
Vincent Jaddoe, Erasmus MC, Netherlands

11.55 – 13.30

Lunch, Posters, exhibition

Session II

Chair, Minna Männikkö

13.30 – 14.05

Health consequences of the life circumstances amon men and women over the life course
Anne Hammarström, Uppsala University, Sweden

14.05 – 14.20

Longitudinal trajectories of physical activity from childhood to adulthood and their determinants: the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study
Tuija Tammelin, LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Finland

14.20 – 14.50


14.50 – 15.05

The origins project: a community project to restore global health
Desiree Silva, Telethon Kids Institute, Australia

15.05 - 15.40

Generalizability, representativeness and baseline in birth cohorts
Lorenzo Richiardi, University of Torino, Italy

15.40 - 15.55

The Finnish Gestational Diabetes Study (FinnGeDi)
Elina Keikkala, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Finland

15.55 – 16.30

Is the DOHaD paradigm applicable to Spinal Pain?
Anne-Marie Nybo Andressen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

16.30 - 16.45

Physical fitness in adults born preterm - a study of 80,000 young men
Marjaana Tikanmäki, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

16.45 - 17.00

Quantitative urine NMR metabolomics pipeline for large-scale systems epidemiology
Mika Ala-Korpela, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

Thursday June 14th


09.00 – 09.30


Session I

Chair, Jouko Miettunen

09.30 – 10.05

Mendelian randomization: an update
George Davey Smith, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

10.05 – 10.20

Maternal early-pregnancy glucose-insulin metabolism, fetal growth and adverse birth outcomes. The generation R study
Romy Gaillard, Erasmus University Medical Center, Netherlands

10.20 – 10.35

Metabolic changes in response to an oral glucose tolerance test in 4,620 middle-aged individuals; 46y follow-up of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966
Qin Wang, University of Oulu, Finland

10.35 – 11.10

The RECAP Preterm platform: the opportunities and challenges of bringing together data from European cohorts of children and adults born very preterm
Jennifer Zeitlin, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, INSERM; France

11.10 – 12.40

Lunch, Posters exhibition

Session I I

Chair, Sylvain Sebert

12.40 – 13.15

Challenging Lifecourse Approaches and their Implications –  “New Research Concepts”
Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Imperial College London, United Kingdom and University of Oulu, Finland

13.15 – 13.30

Harmonized Zika Birth Cohorts as a nucleus for multicentre birth cohorts in Latin America and the Caribbean
Thomas Jaenisch, Clinical Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg University Hospital, Denmark

13.30 – 13.45

Antisocial and borderline personality disorders in the adult offspring of antenatally depressed mothers in the Northern Finland 1966 Birth Cohort: Relationship to parental severe mental disorders
Tiina Taka-Eilola, University of Oulu, Finland

13.45 – 14.15


14.15 – 14.50

What studies of the NFBC have taught us about PCOS
Stephen Franks, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

14.50 – 15.25

Dispositional Compassion and Individual’s Health
Mirka Hintsanen, University of Oulu, Finland

15.25 – 16.00

Improved register data for cohort studies
Mika Gissler, National Institute for Health and Welfare, University of Turku, Finland and Karolinska Institute, Sweden

19.00 -

Dinner, at restaurant Lasaretti

Friday June 15th


09.00 – 9.30


Session I

Chair, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin

9.30 – 10.05

Finnish large scale genomics studies: SUPER and FinnGen
Aarno Palotie, University of Helsinki, Finland and Harvard University, USA

10.05 – 10.20

Continuous tracking of BMI from birth to adolescence reveals BMI acceleration during preschool age as critical risk factor for developing sustained obesity
Antje Körner, University of Leipzig, Germany

10.20 – 10.55

Epigenetic Epidemiology: Insights from birth cohort and longitudinal studies
Caroline Relton, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

10.55 – 11.10

Genome-wide association analysis on childhood body mass index reveals two new loci
Janine F Felix, Erasmus University Medical Center, Netherlands

11.10 - 11.25

Genetic study of pubertal height growth shows that the tempo of pubertal growth is correlated with adult health
Diana Cousminer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, USA

11.25 - 11.40

A New Statistical Method to Estimate Genetic Effects on Perinatal Outcomes in Large Scale Genetic Studies
David M Evans, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

11.40 - 11.55

Genetic study of birth weight resolves maternal and fetal genetic effects and their relevance to later life disease
Robin N Beaumont, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

11.55 – 12.05

Closing remarks, Juha Veijola



Last updated: 6.6.2018