Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu (EGCUT)
Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu (EGCUT):
The Estonian Biobank: The Estonian Biobank is a population-based biobank of the Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu (EGCUT). The project is conducted in accordance with the Estonian Gene Research Act (www.biobank.ee) and all subjects have been recruited randomly, on voluntary basis by general practitioners and physicians in hospitals. As of June 2013 the number of individuals is 51 713, which represents about 5% of Estonia's adult population. Phenotyping of subjects (18-103 years of age) was performed by Computer Assisted Personal interview (CAPI), including personal and genealogical data, educational and occupational history and lifestyle factors. Follow up of incident fatal and non-fatal coronary heart disease and stroke events of a subset of the cohort is on-going as our database is being linked with the national healthcare registries and regional and central hospital databases. Events are recorded according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). All subjects provided written informed consent prior to participation and the approval for the study was granted by the Ethics Review Committee on Human Research at the University of Tartu (5).