LifeCycle Project brings together cohort studies to promote healthy lives

The University of Oulu is a partner in the EU Horizon 2020 LifeCycle Project, which was launched in April 2017. Findings of the LifeCycle project can be used to identify novel markers of early-life stressors, which may affect health trajectories throughout the lifecycle. Research findings will be translated into new prevention and intervention policies, which focus on the earliest phase of life.

Researchers at the University of Oulu are exploring the early life stressors and how they relate to molecular ageing and the development of co-morbid patterns during the life-course.

The LifeCycle Project includes the Northern Finland Birth Cohorts NFBC1966 and NFBC1986, administrated by the University of Oulu. Northern Finland Cohorts comprise collections of data and biological samples from large population studies. They form a longitudinal research program aiming to promote health and well-being of the population. The data has been collected from more than 20,000 individuals.

LifeCycle brings together pregnancy and child cohort studies in the EU Child Cohort Network. The project is carried out by a multinational and multidisciplinary consortium consisting of 18 partners in 10 European countries and Australia. It combines data on over 250,000 children and their parents.

LifeCycle is a 10 million Euro project with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme. The LifeCycle Project was launched on 3 April 2017 at Erasmus MC-University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Research in Oulu is coordinated by Marjo-Riitta Järvelin and Sylvain Sebert at the Center for Life-Course Health Research and the Biocenter Oulu.

In June 2018, the University of Oulu will organize the general assembly meeting of the LifeCycle Project. This meeting will be in association with an international conference organized by Northern Finland Birth Cohort researchers.

Last updated: 19.5.2017