52,000 participants – 5% of adult population of Estonia in the biobank
52,000 participants – 5% of the adult population of Estonia


  • Milani L, Leitsalu L, Metspalu A. An epidemiological perspective of personalized medicine: the Estonian experience. J Intern Med. 2015 Feb;277(2):188-200. doi: 10.1111/joim.12320. PubMed PMID: 25339628.
  • Pers TH, Karjalainen JM, Chan Y, Westra HJ, Wood AR, Yang J, Lui JC, Vedantam S, Gustafsson S, Esko T, Frayling T, Speliotes EK; Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium, Boehnke M, Raychaudhuri S, Fehrmann RS, Hirschhorn JN, Franke L. Biological interpretation of genome-wide association studies using predicted gene functions. Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 19;6:5890. doi:10.1038/ncomms6890. PubMed PMID: 25597830.
  •  Jin P, Andiappan AK, Quek JM, Lee B, Au B, Sio YY, Irwanto A, Schurmann C, Grabe HJ, Suri BK, Matta SA, Westra HJ, Franke L, Esko T, Sun L, Zhang X, Liu H, Zhang F, Larbi A, Xu X, Poidinger M, Liu J, Chew FT, Rotzschke O, Shi L, Wang Y. A functional brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene variant increases the risk of moderate-to-severe allergic rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jan 30. pii: S0091-6749(14)03669-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.12.1870. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25649076.
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On 23 and 24 April, the UT Centre of Gene and Biotechnology hosts ten European top specialists in reproductive health of men and women.

Gene Forum 2015 is an annual international high-level scientific conference on genetics and genomics held in Estonia.