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The Malmö Cohorts

Important steps when requesting samples and/or data from the Malmö Cohorts

  1. Feel free to make an initial preliminary contact to get more information (see contact list below).
  2. Apply for ethical approval. Only approvals by The Swedish Ethical Review Authority are accepted. Researchers from universities outside Sweden should contact us to make sure that an approval is already available, but if not, an ethical application must be submitted.
  3. Minimize the amount of biological material requested because of limited resources.
  4. Observe the instructions in the documents below if you wish to extract variables from the diet database.
  5. Fill in and submit the application form to Professor Olle Melander (chairman of the Steering Committee) and to Anders Dahlin (data manager of the MPP/MDC/MOS cohorts), along with a list of the desired variables, or with a reference to the published scientific paper with the desired analyses/variables. The terms and conditions for transfer of samples and data are given in detail in the application form. We have to follow Swedish law and GDPR rules within EU. 
  6. plication is handled by the MPP/MDC/MOS Steering Committee (Chairman Olle Melander) and we have six meetings per year when decisions on applications are made.
  7. A copy of the approved application with the project number is returned to the applicant, along with an extract of the decision given in the minutes from the Steering Committee Meeting.
  8. When biological material are requested, please contact Biobank administrator Cecilia Kennbäck cecilia [dot] kennback [at] skane [dot] se (cecilia[dot]kennback[at]skane[dot]se) or the County Council Region Skåne's Biobank, department 47 (BD47) in Lund (RS136BD47 [at] skane [dot] se (RS136BD47[at]skane[dot]se)).
  9. DNA and -20 oC samples are stored and handled by BD47, Lund. BD47 needs to be informed about the current project number (see point 7 above).
  10. Pay the invoice for retrieval of samples and/or data (se costs below).
  11. After finishing the analysis of samples, the remaining samples (if any are remaining) should be destroyed or returned if agreed.
  12. Return the results of samples analysis to Anders Dahlin (only if biological samples have been obtained).
  13. State the publication that samples and/or data from the MPP/MDCS/MOS cohorts have been used.
  14. If DNA have been obtained for genetic analysis it should also be stated that Region Skåne's Biobank BD47 has stored the samples.

Contact information

Chairman of the Steering Committee
Olle Melander, Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö
Skåne University Hospital
S-205 02 Malmö

Phone: +46 40 391209
e-mail: olle [dot] melander [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (olle[dot]melander[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Data management
Anders Dahlin anders [dot] dahlin [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (anders[dot]dahlin[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 332460

Biobank - samples
Cecilia kennbäck cecilia [dot] kennback [at] skane [dot] se (cecilia[dot]kennback[at]skane[dot]se), +46 40 332037

Mamlö Diet and Cancer (MDC) - EPIC
Jonas Manjer, Professor jonas [dot] manjer [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (jonas[dot]manjer[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 337682

Malmö Preventive Project (MPP)
Olle Melander, Professor olle [dot] melander [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (olle[dot]melander[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 391209
Peter Nilsson, Professor peter [dot] nilsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (peter[dot]nilsson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 332415

Nutrition epidemiology - MDC dietary database
Emily Sonestedt, Associate Professor emily [dot] sonestedt [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (emily[dot]sonestedt[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 391325
Ulrika Ericson, Associate Professor ulrika [dot] ericson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (ulrika[dot]ericson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 391324

Malmö Offspring Study (MOS)
Peter Nilsson, Professor peter [dot] nilsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (peter[dot]nilsson[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 332415
Olle Melander, Professor olle [dot] melander [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (olle[dot]melander[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se), +46 40 391209

Costs (fees) for sample and data extraction



Registration fee, new application

25 000 SEK

Registration fee, supplementary application

5 000 SEK

Biological sample, DNA

10 SEK/sample plus cost of Biobank department 47 (BD47)

Biological sample, other samples

100 SEK/sample plus cost of Biobank department 47 (BD47)

Data (working time data manager)

1 500 SEK/hr

* Only one registration (startup) fee is charged for MPP/MDCS/MOS parallel applications. Applications regarding validation of data via patient journals are not charged, however, a requirement is that results from validation are transferred to the MPP/MDCS/MOS databases. For sample retrieval and aliquoting performed by own personnel, sample cost is not charged, however, working time for data management in connection with the sample is charged. Lund University's overhead cost (21%) is added.