Mental disorders are one of the leadings cause of disability and premature mortality in children, adolescents and working age population. Their prevention and effective treatment should be a public health priority. Marginalization and inequalities in health, income and other life chance opportunities are strongly associated with psychiatric problems and contribute to their intergenerational
Unique from a global perspective, Finland has several nationwide registers and a biobank of maternal sera. In conjunction with the existing personal identity codes and the biobank legislation, comprehensive linkages can be made between registers, biomarker data and developmental data from repeated health check-ups. Therefore, the strategy to use comprehensive data from several sources allows us to tackle several of the key problems in psychiatric research.
The long-term goal of the consortium is to create a platform for work on gene-environment interactions. The short-term goals are to
- harmonize different birth cohort data on exposures and outcomes
- synchronize the use of biomarkers and developmental data in different birth cohorts
- apply multigenerational perspectives
- utilize data in health economics research
- provide data management and statistical analyses of big data
- integrate information on longitudinal patterns of marginalization, socioeconomic trajectories and resilience with prenatal and perinatal risk factors.