Estonian Biobank’s Study on Mental Health Genetics

Nearly every second individual is affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime, but the exact mechanisms causing these problems remain unclear. To bring more clarity to the field of mental health, the Estonian Biobank at the University of Tartu has launched a large study, which is unique in the world. The results of this study will contribute towards the development of novel personalized medicine approaches in mental health.

What makes the study special is that the sample includes 200,000 Estonian biobank participants, which is nearly 20% of the adult population of Estonia. The participants are invited to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire on their current and lifetime mental health issues. The collected data will then be analyzed together with existing genetic data on the Estonian Biobank participants to find links between the various symptoms and the genetic profile of each individual.

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