Research Highlights

This section showcases recent research findings enabled by FinnGen data and the Finnish biobank participants. Below you can find several examples of how FinnGen is helping to increase our understanding of the genetic drivers of human diseases, pinpointing possible therapeutic targets.

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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A Finnish-led international research team has discovered novel gene variants that increase the risk of a rare but severe lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The results also demonstrate…
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Researchers have, for the first time, systematically estimated the impact of a range of different disease-associated genetic risk factors on the loss of healthy life years. Knowing the contribution…