LifeGene

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A prospective cohort study

"LifeGene is a unique prospective cohort study. The wide array of high-technology tools available through e-epidemiology will facilitate the longitudinal aspects of the study." Professor Nancy Pedersen, director of the LifeGene project, says.
LifeGene aims to combine advances in modern biotechnology with information on individuals' health and lifestyle. There will be a focus on disease etiology and everyday health problems. The open-access resource will provide new information about the causes of diseases that will lead to their prevention, refined diagnostic methods and therapeutic opportunities.

Focus on health and lifestyle

Half a million Swedes will be contacted for collection of information concerning their health, lifestyle and exposures, and donation of samples. LifeGene will be longitudinal with repeated contacts of study participants. The number of questions that can be asked of the LifeGene resource will be innumerable and only limited by our ability to predict the future.

"LifeGene will focus not only on outcomes that typically have their onset late in life, but will focus on conditions that start very early, in some instances at infancy. What is interesting as an outcome for one field of study, e.g. infections, may be an important exposure for another," Professor Pedersen says.

The LifeGene working groups are busy identifying what exposures we can measure and how to measure these within different research areas. Exposures such as diet, physical activity, smoking, prenatal environment, infections, sleep-disorders, socioeconomic and psychosocial status, to name a few, will be assessed. LifeGene will represent an opportunity to evaluate the full omics-set including proteomics, metabolomics and epigenomics. E-epidemiology will be applied for rapid and repeated data collection. Questions and sampling schemes will be adjusted based on age and life-events.

Research

A resource for the future

The unique resources in Sweden, such as our personal registration number, registries of genetically informative populations and health outcomes, make Sweden an epidemiologic goldmine. As a complement to the register-based epidemiologic tradition, Sweden is in the forefront regarding development and implementation of information technology and biotechnology.
Research over a long period of time will demand new methods and systems to handle the assembly and storage of data. The data-sharing policy will conform to international recommendations. Key to the LifeGene effort will be modern bioinformatics and state of the art biobanking on all levels. LifeGene will be an open-access resource for many national and international researchers in the future.

Features of LifeGene

  • Ascertaining a cohort of 500.000 individuals in Sweden
  • Regular assessment of in-depth exposure information through electronic means such as Internet and cell phones
  • Regular surveillance of morbidity including assessment of symptoms and diagnoses for outcomes not typically reported in national health registers
  • Linkage with sources of medical record information
  • Opportunities to collect biological samples, including DNA, repeatedly and event-based
  • Open access to resource for researchers after scientific and ethical approval

 

Nancy Pedersen
Director of LifeGene project and Professor in Genetic Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
Phone: +46-8-524 874 18
nancy.pedersen@ki.se

Jan-Eric Litton
Co-director of LifeGene project and Professor in Biomedical Computing Technology; Data manager at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
Phone +46-8-524 877 59
jan-eric.litton@ki.se

 

 

 

Nancy Pedersen

Nancy Pedersen

Director of LifeGene project and Professor in Genetic Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet

Phone: +46-8-524 874 18

nancy.pedersen@ki.se

Jan-Eric Litton

Jan-Eric Litton

Co-director of LifeGene project and Professor in Biomedical Computing Technology and Data manager at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet

Phone +46-8-524 877 59

jan-eric.litton@ki.se

 

 

 

‘Information from the Human Genome Project will be vital for defining the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease. Well-designed case-control studies of people with and without a particular disease are essential for this, but rigorous and unbiased conclusions about the causes of diseases and their population-wide impact will require a representative population to be monitored over time (a prospective cohort study).’

 

Professor Francis S Collins, NIH, in the introduction to his Insight Commentary, Nature 2004, 429:475-477.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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