Milonic JavaScript Menu is only visible when JavaScript is enabled


BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

MOBA - Cohorts of Norway

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) is a prospective birth cohort conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). It enrolled pregnant women throughout Norway from 1999-2008. Biological material was collected from the women, in addition to cord blood from their newborn infants and samples from over 70,000 fathers, which resulted in unique sample sets for long-term storage. In addition to biological materials, detailed questionnaire data are collected since the 17th week of pregnancy and as the children age. Additional health outcome information is available through linkage to Norwegian national health registries.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health intends to follow the families for the years to come and to collect more new material.

Main focus of research: effects of genetic and environmental factors on pregnancy outcomes and later health of children and parents.

Approximate number of probands: 263,000: 90,000 pregnant women, 90,000 newborn and 70,000 fathers.

Types and number of biosamples available: DNA, plasma, urine; ca. 2.7 million samples.


Norwegian Institute of Public Health
PO Box 4404 Nydalen
N-0403 Oslo

Phone: +47 21077000
Fax: +47 22353605

Division of Epidemiology

Tel: +47 21077000 / +47 53204040

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: Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study

Baseline variables:

Cohort Profile: Per Magnus, Lorentz M Irgens, Kjell Hauget al: The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Int. J. Epidemiol. (October 2006) 35(5): 1146-1150

Rønningen KS, Paltiel L, Meltzer HM et al: The biobank of the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study-A Resource for the next 100 years. Eur. J. Epidemiol. (2006) 21(8): 619-625

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