Lifelines provides many opportunities for good research
Data collection of 167,000 participants
Including 3 generations
Followed for 30 years
Diverse expert fields
Recalling of participants
Lifelines is a large, multi-generational, prospective cohort study that includes over 167,000 participants (10%) from the northern population of the Netherlands. Through the length, size and in-depth examination we provide many excellent opportunities for studies worldwide unraveling the etiology of multifactorial diseases focusing on multifactor risk factors.
Customized collection possibilities
Lifelines has an open protocol, which means that you may request the collection of extra data, measurements and/or samples from Lifelines participants to suit your specific research needs. A unique feature is the possibility for researchers to collect additional data or biomaterials by recalling participants and to analyse these in combination with general Lifelines data and samples.
Experiences of other researchers
At the moment more than 300 publications have been published for which Lifelines-data has been used. These researchers share their experience working with Lifelines and how it benefited their work.
“For the ImaLife project we investigate early imaging biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung diseases. In total, 12,000 Lifelines participants undergo low-dose CT imaging of heart and lungs.”
"Among Lifelines participants, we found that 10% used systemic or local corticosteroids, which implicates that these potential side effects may have important negative effects on public health.”
"Lifelines offers a broad biobank with many options for research. The possibility to obtain more data of our interest in a timely fashion was also essential for our project. It is great that this data will be available for further studies."
The Lifelines study follows over 167,000 participants over a 30-year period. Every five years, participants visit one of the Lifelines sites in the northern parts of the Netherlands for an examination. During these assessments, several physical measurements are taken and different biomaterials are collected. As part of the assessment, participants are asked to fill out comprehensive questionnaires. In between assessments, participants are invited to complete follow-up questionnaires approximately once every 1.5 years.
What is your next step?
In our extensive data overview you can find detailed information about our collection of data and samples. You can download this by filing in the form at the top of this page. Do you have any questions about the next step in your research? Feel free to contact us, we are happy to help you.