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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

HUNT - Cohorts of Norway

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

The Nord-Trøndelag health study (HUNT) is a longitudinal population health Study in Norway. It is a unique database of personal and family medical histories collected during three intensive studies.

HUNT 1 was carried out in 1984-1986 to establish the health history of 75,000 people.

HUNT 2, carried out in 1995-1997, focused on the evolution of the health history of 74,000 people. This included blood sample collection from 65,000 people. The data that accompany biospecimens in the biobank are stored in secured computer systems that run complex database management and analysis software.

HUNT 3 was completed in June 2008. 93,210 people were invited to participate in the study, and as of the 6th of June 2008, 48,289 people participated (52% participation rate). The data were collected by means of questionnaires, interviews, clinical examinations and collection of blood and urine samples.

Today, HUNT is a database that integrates family data and individual data and can be linked to national health registries.

Repeated examinations and follow-up of the same population make it possible to ascertain changes in health and vital status at individual and family levels.

The HUNT study is reinforced and supplemented by cross referencing with registries at the regional level (registries such as radial and hip fractures, venous thrombosis, lung embolism, ischemic heart disease and stroke) and with registries at the national level (The Cancer Register, The Medical Birth Register, and The National Health Insurance Register). Additionally, Statistics Norway provides necessary information from The Population Census Register and The Family Register to create a genealogical database ("family trees").

Main focus of research: development of diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for common diseases; type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, kidney and lung diseases.

Approximate number of probands: 100,000 (80,000 with biosamples).

Types and number of biosamples available: DNA (80,000), serum (80,000), plasma (50,000), immortalized cells (50,000), urine (15,000), RNA (15,000).
Please note that serum samples are not available for HUNT 2 and will be limited for HUNT 3.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
HUNT Research Centre
Forskningsveien 2
7600 Levanger
tel: +47 74 07 51 80 or +47 74 01 92 40 (biobank)

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

Kristian Hveem
Department of Public Health and General Practice
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7489 Trondheim
tel: +47 74019242
tel: +47 47652530

Further information:

Website: The HUNT study - a longitudinal population health study in Norway

Information on baseline variables:

BBMRI-LPC Biobanks
c/o Technische Universität München • Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology • Ismaninger Str. 22 • D-81675 München
tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066 & +49 (0)89-4140-4320 • wichmann[at] & klaus.kuhn[at]
Last modification of this page: 09.02.2015