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Finnish Maternity Cohort: Serum Biobank and National Registries - Dr. Helja Marie Surcel

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June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

NCI Shady Grove Rockville, MD

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Helja-Marja Surcel, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor,
Northern Finland Biobank Borealis, University of Oulu, Finland

The Finnish Maternity Cohort (FMC) is a biobank comprising virtually the entire population of women in Finland who have been pregnant between 1983 -2016. The FMC is linkable with population-based health registers including the Finnish Cancer Registry and the Medical Birth Register. Serial prediagnostic serum samples and comprehensive data accessible over three generations provide possibilities for unique study settings. The FMC has made substantial contributions to the scientific literature in terms of our understanding of the associations of various biomarkers with the later health of the mother and child. Studies include epidemiological research of infections associated with certain cancers (cervix, breast, leukemia) and linkage of prenatal exposures/biomarkers (smoking, alcohol, Vitamin D, persistent organic pollutants, steroid hormones, thyroid hormones and antibodies) with development of multiple sclerosis, with mental disorder of the child, or with pregnancy outcomes in general.  Dr. Surcel’s presentation will focus on the principles and guidelines for how FMC biospecimens combined with health register data and archived pathologic samples are made available to researchers.

Charles Rabkin, M.D., Senior Investigator,
Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics

For more information or to schedule a afternoon meeting with Dr. Surcel, email Charles Rabkin.


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