The Infrastructure for Population Studies
The Infrastructure for Population Studies 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 Infrastructure for Population Studies 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. Infrastructure for Population Studies 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 Infrastructure for Population Studies.