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Important documents for MoBa-researchers

You will find MoBa-protocols, admission documents and guidelines for articles.


MoBa-data is used by researchers and research groups nationally and internationally. Guidelines, data admission and prices are the same for all users.

You may contact datatilgang@fhi.no if you need more information..


Admission documents (2015) 

 Checklist for papers

MoBa-articles must be approved by the MoBa management group in order that the analysis are performed in accordance with the approved application, and in addition that MoBa is correctly presented in the article. 

We want the syntax files

We ask you to enclose the syntax files when you send us the articles for approval. The syntax files must define all varables/algorithms used in the analysis. Articles without syntax files will not be evaluated by the MoBa leadership. Syntax files shall be sent to datatilgang@fhi.no.

Standard text 

Abstract: This study is based on the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.  

Material and Methods: The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) is a prospective population-based pregnancy cohort study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (1-3). Participants were recruited from all over Norway from 1999-2008, and 38.5% of invited women consented to participate. The cohort now includes 108,000 children, 90,700 mothers and 71,500 fathers. Blood samples were obtained from both parents during pregnancy and from mothers and children (umbilical cord) at birth. Follow-up is conducted by questionnaires at regular intervals and by linkage to national health registries. Several sub-studies are conducting additional collections of data and biological materials.  

The current study is based on version (to be filled in) of the quality-assured data files released for research on (to be filled in). Informed consent was obtained from each MoBa participant upon recruitment. The study was approved by The Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics in South-Eastern (or other, if applicable) Norway.  

MoBa  wants researchers to include an  acknowledgement to the Norwegian Ministry of Health, the Norwegian Research Council and the MoBa participants. The text is a suggestion only and may be modified to suit the project:

“The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Research, NIH/NIEHS (contract no NO1-ES-75558), NIH/NINDS (grant no.1 UO1 NS 047537-01 and grant no. 2 UO1 NS047537-06A1), and the Norwegian Research Council/FUGE (grant no. 151918/S10). We are grateful to all the participating families in Norway who take part in this ongoing cohort study”.