About HUNT

About HUNT

HUNT Research Centre is localized in Levanger, Norway, and coordinates the Nord-Trøndelag Health study. The Centre is part of NTNU, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Public Health and Nursing.

Population health data since 1984

The Health Study in Nord-Trondelag is Norway's largest collection of health data about a population. Data was obtained through three population studies. In total 120,000 people from the Nord-Trøndelag county participated. Almost 80,000 participants have submitted blood samples.

As of 2017, HUNT4 is gathering new data and samples throughout the county to develop The HUNT Study further.

The HUNT1 Survey was carried out in 1984-1986 to establish the health history of 75,000 people.

The HUNT2 Survey, 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 HUNT3 Survey was completed in 2008. 93,210 people were invited to participate in the study, 48,289 people participated (52% participation rate). .

The Young-HUNT Study is the adolescent part of HUNT, including participants aged 13-19 years. Data gathering took place in the Young-HUNT1 Survey (1995-97), the Young-HUNT2 Survey (2000-01), and the Young-HUNT3 Survey (2006-08). 

Biobank and Databank

HUNT Research Centre collaborates with national and international research groups on some of the important health topics facing our world today using the most modern techniques and our state of the art biobank.

Today, the HUNT Study is a database with health survey data about approximately 120,000 people.

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.

Merging with other registries

The HUNT Study is reinforced and supplemented by possibilities for research projects of merging HUNT data with information from registries at the regional and national level. Additionally, Statistics Norway provides necessary information from The Population Census Register and The Family Register to create a genealogical database ("family tree").



HUNT Research Centre is a part of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Public Health and Nursing

visitor address:

HUNT Research Centre
Forskningsveien 2
7600 Levanger

Tlf: +47 7407 5180 / +47 7401 9240
E-mail: hunt@medisin.ntnu.no