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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1934 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 13345  
Estimated Current Sample Size 0 to 4,999 
Age at Recruitment 0   
Gender Male and Female 

Helsinki Birth Cohort Study (HBCS) 1934-44 is a unique birth study including 13,345 subjects in the epidemiological cohort. The cohort is a longitudinal study cohort with data throughout the life span including prenatal life, early childhood and later life. Besides extensive epidemiological data over 2000 subjects have been randomly selected for a clinical part. The subjects have been followed up clinically for over one decade with extensive phenotypic data available including metabolic data, dietary information as well as other lifestyle data. Psychological factors including personality, depression and anxiety has been focused upon.

Last update – 07/02/2017

Country Finland 
Contact details
Institution name Institute of Clinical Medicine Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Johan Eriksson 
Contact email PI Email: [email protected] 
Contact phone number +358 405016595 
Address Institute of Clinical Medicine Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care,
407 P.O. Box 20,
Tukholmankatu 8 B 00014 University of Helsinki,
Funders (Core support) EU FP7, EU Horizon 2020
Academy of Finland
Samfundet Folkhälsan
Finnish foundations 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Mental health
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular
Biological samples: Blood
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Family circumstances, Income and finances, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: N/A
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