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New funding: Revisiting and dissecting the maternal effect of childhood asthma

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11,9 million NOK to a project aiming to understand the biology behind the maternal effect on asthma.

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11,9 million NOK to a project aiming to understand the biology behind the maternal effect on asthma.


It is well established that childhood asthma is more common when the mother has asthma than when the father has it. Although this has been reproduced by many researchers, none of them have come up with a good explanation for the effect. At present there is no efficient primary prevention of childhood asthma, due to lack of etiological insight. We aim to discover the biology behind the maternal effect using data from a large pregnancy cohort, the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), and from nation-wide registries.

The project is organised in three themes: 

  • Theme A: Quantitative genetics based on familiy designs
  • Theme B: Molecular genetics
  • Theme C: Environmental factors and gene-environment interactions

The project is led by Per Magnus at the Centre for Fertility and Health and involves many national and international partners.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the FRIPRO programme.

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The Centre for Fertility and Health is a Centre of Excellence (SFF) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.