The Biobank aims to explore the relationship between genes and cardiovascular disease. Since the project began, the Biobank recruited more than 21,000 participants whose blood samples made it possible to collect DNA, plasma and red blood cells. Medical, genealogical, dietary, psychosocial and lifestyle data are also gathered. What makes the Biobank unique is that this personal information is updated every four years and participants are tracked throughout their lives. Based on these samples and data, researchers investigate the genetic basis and other underlying risk factors of cardiovascular diseases that could lead to the development of better diagnostics and more accurate prevention tools as well as more effective treatments.

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