Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kähönen, Mika
Organisation TAYS
Project title
Impact of childhood growth patterns and latent cardiovascular risk factors on the microcirculation in adult life: Cardiovascular risk in Young Finns Study
Decision No. 134309
Decision date 29.10.2009
Funding period 01.01.2010 - 31.12.2011
Funding 131 400
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns cohort provides a unique opportunity to study the development of cardiovascular risk from childhood to adulthood. The study was designed to evaluate the risk factors of cardiovascular disease and their determinants in children and adolescents. The first cross-sectional study was performed in 1980, and included 3,596 children and adolescents aged 3-18 years. In the current follow-up 1,680 participants of the Young Finns cohort were recruited. Retinal images of study participants were taken for measurements of retinal microvascular abnormalities. Microcirculatory disturbances may develop in early in life as a consequence of disordered growth patterns or adolescent obesity. The results of this study will provide novel insights into possible mechanisms linking childhood growth patterns and latent cardiovascular risk factors with future risk of cardiovascular disease and may contribute to development of appropriate early treatment and intervention.