Research project We will include 10 000 pregnant women in Västerbotten and follow their children from the womb to school age in order to find risk factors for common childhood disorders e.g. asthma/allergy, overweight/obesity and cognitive/behavioral problems.
The prevalence of allergy, overweight and behavioral problems have increased among children and adolescents during the last decades. The environment during fetal life and early childhood determines adult health but we need more knowledge to develop effective interventions. Northpop is an ambitious project where we will include 10 000 pregnant women and follow their children 7 years. The purpose of the study is to find preventable risk factors for asthma/allergy, overweight/obesity and cognitive/behavioral problems. Collected data includes web questionnaires, blood samples, breast milk, saliva and fecal samples. The goal is healthier children. Key words: Pediatrics, child, cohort, growth, metabolism, development, nutrition, lifestyle, genetics, epigenetics, gut microbiota