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Multiple Sclerosis Family Study

The multiple sclerosis (MS) family sample consists of MS patients and their family members
collected from the high-risk region of Southern Ostrobothnia, and from elsewhere in Finland.
Genealogical studies have enabled the construction of two large interconnected mega-pedigrees
from Southern Ostrobothnia.

Principal Investigators:
Janna Saarela, firstname.lastname (at)
Pentti Tienari, firstname.lastname (at)
Contact person:
Janna Saarela, firstname.lastname (at)

Key reference:
Genome-wide association study in a high-risk isolate for multiple sclerosis reveals associated
variants in STAT3 gene. Jakkula E, Leppä V, Sulonen AM, Varilo T, Kallio S, Kemppinen A, Purcell S, Koivisto K, Tienari P, Sumelahti ML, Elovaara I, Pirttilä T, Reunanen M, Aromaa A, Oturai AB, Søndergaard HB, Harbo HF, Mero IL, Gabriel SB, Mirel DB, Hauser SL, Kappos L, Polman C, De Jager PL, Hafler DA, Daly MJ, Palotie A, Saarela J, Peltonen L. Am J Hum Genet. 2010, 86:285-91.