The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) is a unique study with the participation of over 90,000 pregnant women and 70,000 of their partners. In the years to come, MoBa will be in continuous contact with the families collecting further data.
MoBa aims to create a high-quality information database for understanding the causes of serious diseases among Norwegian women and children. The overall purpose is to develop preventive measures.
Pregnant women contribute to the research through biological material from themselves and their children. The study collects data on possible causal factors, follows the persons ahead of time without any kind of intervention, and records who are developing various diseases.
Participation implies that the future mother gives a urine and a blood test in week 17, including a blood sample after birth. She also gives permission for taking blood from the umbilical cord. The coming father gives a blood test.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health encourages scientists to implement sub-projects on the basis of the survey, and they are convinced that the MoBa survey will be an important resource for both Norwegian and international researchers for many years to come.
Learn more at The Norwegian Institute of Public Health homepage.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
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