For participants

For participants

Most of our participant information is available in Norwegian, and if you can't find the answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

For information on HUNT4 participation see:


Consent and how to withdraw consent

It is voluntary to participate in HUNT. Anyone who has participated has received information about the studies and have agreed that the data collected is used in research. The information and samples you have provided is kept indefinitely. In the future it can be used in projects that are not yet scheduled, provided it is in accordance with laws and regulations.

All research projects using HUNT material is approved by the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC).

Participants may at any time withdraw their consent, and their data and samples will be destroyed. 

If you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact us

Data handling and de-identification

All data and samples from the HUNT studies are stored at HUNT Research Centre, with strict access rules. All data and blood samples used in studies is de-identified. That means that name, birth date and social security number is deleted, so the data can never be linked to any individual. Outsiders, such as employers, insurance companies and so on, will never get access to information that can be linked to individuals.

Genetic research

Genetic research in HUNT context is the same as research on heredity. Through genetic research we study the similarities and differences among individuals to see if it is the result of genes and/or environmental factors.

Disease is caused by an interaction between genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. It is important to understand this interaction in order to prevent disease in a more efficient manner. Data from HUNT, and especially the stored blood samples, are among the main sources we have to obtain such knowledge.

This knowledge may in turn contribute to:

- better opportunity to give a precise diagnosis

- better opportunity to prevent and treat disease

- better opportunity to give more precise treatment to the individual patient, so it becomes more efficient and produces fewer side effects




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

HUNT Research Centre
Forskningsveien 2
7600 Levanger

+47 7407 5180 / +47 7401 9240

if no answer: +47 91683253

During the period with Covid-19 precautions, HUNT Research Centre has fewer people physically present. If you do not reach us by telephone, please send an e-mail. 
The building is closed for visitors during this time.

July 20th til August 7th many of us will take a holiday break and we have no capacity for answering phone calls. The response time for e-mail may be longer during this period.