LifeGene - a national study of global importance


The LifeGene study is a national collaborative project designed to build up a resource for research in all medical disciplines, enabling new and groundbreaking research on the relationships among heredity, environment and lifestyle. The study, which is unique in the world, will include studying half a million Swedes with the aim of creating new tools to prevent, diagnose and treat our most common diseases. A pilot study is planed for 2009 and the roll-out of the project is planned for 2010.

LifeGene will constitute a platform for a myriad of biomedical research projects. Researchers not only in biomedicine and biotechnology but also behavioral and social sciences may benefit from access to LifeGene. By combining a biological perspective with e-epidemiology, LifeGene will open up new possibilities for a greater understanding of the interplay between heredity, lifestyle and the environment as regards to our most common diseases.


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Potential of improving quality of life

"LifeGene has an immense potential of contributing to a better quality of life for millions of people in Sweden and globally."


To assure close contacts between the project and public institutions former Swedish Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson, has accepted to chair the Reference group.


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Ingvar Carlsson, Chairman of LifeGene Reference group

LifeGene - a prospective cohort study

"LifeGene is a unique prospective cohort study currently. The wide array of high-technology tools available through e-epidemiology will facilitate the longitudinal aspects of the study."

Nancy Pedersen is the director of the LifeGene project and Professor in Genetic Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet.


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Professor Nancy Pedersen, Project director


The set-up phase of the LifeGene project will be coordinated from Karolinska Institutet. The administrative home of the project is the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.




The LifeGene project will be harmonized with Swedish and international cohorts. The project is actively collaborating with representatives of the UK Biobank, the international consortium Public Population Projects in Genomics (P3G), the Swedish Proteomics Society and the Singapore Consortium of Cohort Studies.



The LifeGene project is a long-term project. Startup funding has been received from Karolinska Institutet, the Stockholm County Council and the Swedish Research Council. In February 2008 Life Gene received 95 milion SEK from Torsten and Ragnar Söderbergs foundation and AFA Försäkringar.


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