New results from the FinnGen research consortium demonstrate the undeniable benefits of Finnish health research environment for genomic research. Among the wealth of novel genetic discoveries are previously unknown genetic risk factors for many debilitating diseases. These findings have potential to facilitate the development of new therapies.
A large-scale biobank-based study performed in Finland has discovered several new disease genes as well as new insights on how known genetic factors affect disease. The study highlights an underappreciated complexity in the dosage effects of genetic variants.
Extensive genetic study performed in Finland has provided further insights into the genetic risk factors that influence susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections. The results help to understand individual differences in infection susceptibility and reveal common risk factors underlying several types of infections.
A study led by the University of Helsinki has identified more than 300 gene regions associated with the use of cholesterol drugs, antihypertensives or antidiabetic drugs. Genomic regions linked to drug use also helped identify new cardiovascular disease risk genes.
The FinnGen research team has identified 27 hereditary risk factors for otosclerosis, a disease that disrupts the function of bones in the middle ear and causes hearing loss. Some of the identified genetic variants are specific to the Finnish population.
According to a large Finnish biobank study, normal variation in baseline testosterone levels in adulthood is an individual characteristic among others and should not be considered the main determinant of appearance, behaviour and disease susceptibility.
We are currently seeking a new member to the FinnGen research project’s admin team with the position of a Project Manager.
A new study from the University of Helsinki demonstrates the added value of genetic information in measuring inherited disease risk, alongside the widely used assessment of family history.
An international research group led by Finnish scientists has identified several new risk factors for dementia-causing diseases. The group found strong evidence that mechanisms related to autoimmune diseases play a role in the development of dementia.
Results based on the FinnGen data are presented in 30 talks or posters during the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Los Angeles, October 25-29. Come and meet our researchers!