Lifelines data and biobank
Lifelines is a large, multi-generational cohort study that includes over 167,000 participants (10%)
from the northern population of the Netherlands.
Lifelines collects data on the exposome, lifestyle, physical and mental health, but also has a rich biobank including blood, plasma, serum, hair, urine and fecal samples. With these biomaterials the biological characteristics of the participants can be studied, such as their genome, epigenome, microbiome (gut, throat and nose samples) and stress hormone levels (in blood, urine and hair). The broad and long collection and the size of the cohort are some of the various features of Lifelines. Another unique feature is the high number of family relations between participants which provides great research opportunities to disentangle gene, environment and lifestyle influences.