Description of MORGAM Cohorts

Sangita Kulathinal1,2, Matti Niemelš1, Kari Kuulasmaa1 and contributors from Participating Centres3 for the MORGAM Project

1 Department of Chronic Disease Prevention, National Institute for Health and Welfare (formerly Department of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, National Public Health Institute), Helsinki, Finland
2 Since January 2007 at Indic Society for Education and Development (INSEED), Nashik, India (with decreased responsibility on this document)
3 see Full descriptions of cohorts

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The purpose of this document is to give the exact definitions of the MORGAM cohorts and to describe their basic characteristics and data collection procedures, such as the follow-up procedures, the disease end-points recorded and diagnostic procedures. The definition and selection criteria for MORGAM cohort are described in section Definition and selection of cohorts of the MORGAM Manual. For convention, each cohort is assigned appropriate name and code number which is given in Table 1. The baseline characteristics of the MORGAM Cohorts are summarized in Table 2. An overall summary of MORGAM Cohorts along with the objectives of the Project has been published elsewhere [1].

More cohorts will be added to this document as their descriptions become completed.


The research was supported by the GenomEUtwin Project grant from the European Commission under the programme `Quality of Life and Management of the Living Resources' of 5th Framework Programme (no. QLG2-CT-2002-01254) and by the Academy of Finland via its grant number 53646.


  1. Evans A, Salomaa V, Kulathinal S, Asplund K, Cambien F, Ferrario M, Perola M, Peltonen L, Shields D, Tunstall-Pedoe H, Kuulasmaa K, for the MORGAM Project. Cohort profile: MORGAM (an international pooling of cardiovascular cohorts). Int J Epidemiol. 2005;34:21-27

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2005-04-26 Date of the first published version.
2006-02-10 Name of the department of the authors was changed.
2008-04-01 Affiliation of Sangita Kulathinal was updated
2012-06-26 Name of the series was changed and it was given an ISSN number

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