Title of the cohort

Cohort – ALS

Acronym for cohort
Name of Principal Investigator
TitleAdjunct Prof
First namePentti
Last nameTienari
Address of institution where award is held
InstitutionUniv Helsinki, Mol Neurol programme
Street AddressHaartmaninkatu 8
  • Finland


Contact email
Funding source


1. The cohort includes, or expects to include, incidence of the following conditions
  • Motor neurone diseases
When studies on the above condition(s) are expected to become possible
  • Already possible
2a. Stated aim of the cohort

Genetic analysis of Finnish ALS

2b. Features distinguishing this cohort from other population cohorts
3a. i) Number of publications that involve use of cohort to date


3a. ii) Up to three examples of studies to date (PI, Institution, Title of Study)

1. Name of PIPentti Tienari, Univ Helsinki, Finnish ALS-GWAS

3b. Publication list/link to where data or publications are accessible (if available)

Laaksovirta H*, Peuralinna T*, Schymick JC*, Scholz SW, Lai SL, Myllykangas L, Sulkava R, Hernandez DG, Gibbs JR, Tienari PJ*,Traynor BJ*. Chromosome 9p21 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Finland: a genome-wide association study.. Lancet Neurol 2010; Oct;9(10):978-85.

3c. Information (i.e. research findings) expected to be gained from the population cohort
4a. Study criteria: age range of participants at recruitment
Age in years from:30
To (‘until death’ if applicable):until death
4b. Study criteria: inclusion criteria

Diagnosis of motor neuron disease

4c. Study criteria: exclusion criteria

Unwilling to participate

5. Size of the cohort (i.e. number of participants enrolled)
  • 1,000 – 5,000 participants
6a. Measures used to characterise participants

GWAS data, exome sequencing of a few individuals, clinical characteristics.

6b. Additional measures for participants with a clinical disorder
6c. Are there defined primary and secondary endpoints (e.g. defined health parameters)
  • No
7. Study design
  • Retrospective cohort
8. Cases matched by
  • Other health assessment (specify) / N/A
  • ALS diagnosis
9a. Does the study include a specialised subset of control participants
  • Yes
9b. If yes, description of specialised subset of control participants

Population controls, non-ALS..

10a. i) Data collection start date


10a. ii) Data collection end date


10a iii) Data collection for this study is
  • Data analysis ongoing
10b. Plans to continue the cohort study beyond the current projected end date
  • Yes – intend to apply for funding
11. Data collected
  • Through links to medical records
12. System in place to enable re-contact with patients for future studies
  • No
13a. Format and availability of data stored in a database
Yes/No% available
Data summarised in database
Database is web-based
Database on spreadsheetyes 100
Database is on paper
Other (specify)
Language used:


13b. Format and availability of data held as individual records
Language used:


13b. Format and availability of data held as individual records
Yes/No% available
Data held as individual records
Data is web-based
Data held on computer based records Yes 100
Data held on cards
Other (specify)
Language used:


14a. Are data available to other groups


14b. Access policy/mechanisms for access if data are available to other groups
15. Data sharing policy specified as a condition of use
  • Data made publicly available after a specified time point
16a. Are tissues/samples/DNA available to other groups


16b. i) Description of available tissues/samples/DNA
  • Living donors:blood
  • Living donors: DNA
  • Living donors: other, please specify below
  • Post-mortem donors: brain
  • Post-mortem donors: spinal cord
16b. ii) Form available tissues/samples/DNA are supplied in
  • Primary Samples: Stabilised samples (frozen or fixed)
  • Secondary samples: DNA
  • Secondary samples: RNA
  • Secondary samples: protein extracts
  • Secondary samples: cell lines derived from primary samples
16b. iii) Is the access policy/mechanism for obtaining samples the same as that for obtaining data
17. Is information on biological characteristics available to other groups
  • If available for a subset please specify number of patients and % of total cohort
  • 1%

    Types: Population Cohorts
    Member States: Finland
    Diseases: Motor neurone diseases
    Years: 2011
    Database Categories: N/A
    Database Tags: N/A

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