Biological samples from The HUNT Study

Biological samples from The HUNT Study

Different sorts of biological materials were collected in The HUNT Study.

HUNT1 collected only serum among those with known diabetes.

HUNT2 collected serum and full blood, and DNA was extracted from the last.

HUNT3 aimed for the collection of different sample types from all participants, and established fixed procedures for sample taking, transport and storage. Part of the samples were analyzed immediately, and the results of these analyses are available from our databank. Some samples were stored for later use, and it is possible to apply for use of these samples in research projects.

In addition to samples, HUNT Research Centre offers the results of analyses from earlier projects - see HUNT databank online.

Also, GWAS analyses were performed for all participants HUNT received blood samples from. More about the GWAS analyses can be read on the website of the K.G. Jebsen Institute for Genetic Epidemiology. Here you will also find information on how to apply for the use of GWAS data, and a number of SNP's with known associations from previous studies

The table below gives an overview of sample types and numbers in The HUNT Study as a whole and how they are stored.

  HUNT1 HUNT2 HUNT3 Young-HUNT3 Liquid Nitrogen -80 gr. Celcius Room temperature
Participation (1) 77721 65237 50807 8200 (2)      
ACD 0 0 40754 0 x    
NaHep 0 0 27025 0 x    
Plasma 0 0 49070 0 x    
Serum 473 64574 50170 0 x x  
Tempus, RNA 0 0 14874 0   x  
Urine (spot urine) 0 0 11983 0   x  
Urine, MA 0 0 5759 0   x  
FTA card 0 0 0 8381     x
DNA   63000 50000 /

(1) S Krokstad, A Langhammer, K Hveem, TL  Holmen, K Midthjell, TR Stene, G Bratberg, J Heggland and J Holmen. Cohort Profile: The HUNT Study, Norway. Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;42(4):968-77. doi: 10.1093/ije/dys095.

(2) Turid Lingaas Holmen, Grete Bratberg, Steinar Krokstad, Arnulf Langhammer, Kristian Hveem,Kristian Midthjell, Jon Heggland, Jostein Holmen. Cohort profile of the Young-HUNT Study, Norway: A population-based study of adolescents. Int J Epidemiol (2014) 43 (2): 536-544.

(3) DNA from HUNT3 : DNA originates from HUNT2 for 30 000 who participated in both HUNT2 and HUNT3. DNA was extracted from HUNT3 samples for those who did not participate in HUNT2, around 20 000 participants.

Sample numbers  as per 17.02.2017



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