Table 1

Selection of ongoing mega-cohort studies in adults
Web site Cohort study Country Country size Focus Sample size Baseline Biologic samples
-- CONOR/HUNT Norway 4,9 Mio Common disease etiology 185′000 1994-1995 Blood
http://www.millionwomenstudy.org/ webcite Million women study United Kingdom 62,3 Mio Women’s health 1′300′000 1996 - 2001 Blood, saliva, in a sub-sample
http://epic.iarc.fr/ webcite EPIC Europe 738,2 Mio Nutrition, life style and cancer other diseases 520′000 1997 Blood
-- Mexico city prospective study Mexico 117,4 Mio Major determinants of morbidity and premature mortality 150′000 1998-2004 Blood
http://www.decode.com/research/ webcite deCODE Iceland 0.4 Mio Research company 200′000 2000 Various
http://www.milleniumcohort.org/ webcite Millennium USA 313,3 Mio US military family cohort 150′000 2001 Not specified
http://www.geenivaramu.ee/en/ webcite Estonian biobank Estonia 1.3 Mio Biologic resource 50′000 2002 Blood
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/projects/HaPS/PHEB/Guangzhou/index.aspx webcite Guanghzou Biobank Cohort study China 1339,7 Mio Genetic, lifestyle, occupational and environmental factors, and life course Causes of the common chronic diseases 40′000 2003 Blood, urine
http://www.ckbiobank.org/ webcite China Kandoorie Biobank China 1339,7 Mio Chronic disease etiology, complex interplay of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic susceptibility 500′000 2004-2008 Blood
http://www.phri.ca/pure/index.html webcite PURE Several countries 3223,7 Mio Maladaptation to urbanization and cardiovascular health 120′000 2006 Blood
http://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/ webcite UK biobank United Kingdom 62,3 Mio Common disease etiology 500′000 2007 - 2010 Blood, saliva, urine
http://www.lifelines.net/ webcite LifeLines The Netherlands 16,8 Mio causes and prognosis of burden of disease, co-determinants, rather than comorbidity, family study 165′000 2007 Blood, urine
https://www.etude-nutrinet-sante.fr/fr/common/login.aspx webcite Nutrinet Santé France 65,4 Mio Nutrition and health 500′000 2009 Blood, urine
http://www.partnershipfortomorrow.ca/ webcite The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) Canada 34,4 Mio Cancer and chronic disease etiology 300′000 2009 Blood
http://lifegene.ki.se/ webcite Life gene Sweden 9,4 Mio Nealth and lifestyle 500′000 2011 Blood, urine
http://www.constances.fr webcite CONSTANCES France 65,4 Mio Biologic and research resource 500′000 2011 Blood
http://www.nationale-kohorte.de/index_en.html webcite German national cohort Germany 81,8 Mio Common disease etiology 200′000 2012 Blood

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