Tartu University (UT)

UT

University of Tartu

Department of Psychology
Division of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ravila 14A
50411 Tartu

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PROJECT LEADER

UT_Jaanus Harro
Prof. Jaanus Harro, MD, PhD

Phone:+37 2737 6657
Fax:+37 2737 5900

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PROJECT STAFF

UT_Evelyn Kiive_large
Prof. Evelyn Kiive, PhD

Phone:+372 5698 5518
Fax:+372 7375 956

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UT_Mariliis VahtLarge
Ms Mariliis Vaht, MA

Phone:+372 5698 4421
Fax:+372 7376 152

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UT_Kariina Laas_large
Dr. Kariina Laas, PhD

Phone:+372 5052 062
Fax:+372 7376 152

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UT_Inga Villa_large
Dr. Inga Villa, MD, PhD

Phone:+372 7374 189
Fax:+372 7374 192

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UT_Urmeli Joost_large
Ms Urmeli Joost, MSN

Phone:+372 5814 4534
Fax:+372 7374 192

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INSTITUTE PRESENTATION

The University of Tartu group consists of investigators at three different departments of the university: the Division of Neuropsychopharmacology of the Department of Psychology, the Division of Special Education of the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Health. They all belong to a larger consortium that conducts highly multidisciplinary population-representative longitudinal studies.

Contribution to the CoCA Project will be in the analysis making use of the established databases, most importantly our flagship investigation, the Estonian Children Personality Behaviour and Health Study. ECPBHS (www.ecpbhs.ee) is a prospective longitudinal birth cohort study that has a very high representation of local population and very low attrition rate, and that has since its beginning, 18 years ago, included proxy reports on ADHD-like symptomatology and aggressive behaviour, and self-reports and behavioural tests for many psychological dimensions but most remarkably on impulsivity. Because the origins of the ECPBHS lie in paediatric cardiovascular research, the database is also uniquely equipped with detailed objective data on body composition, aerobic fitness, daily diet, habitual physical activity and clinical biochemistry. As young adults all participants underwent structured psychiatric interview. ECPBHS database includes four birth cohorts, and as collected in a country with rapid socioeconomic transition such data facilitate analysis of complexity of causal factors in co-morbidity. Furthermore, the ECPBHS database has recently been amended with detailed information and biosamples from the parents of the original target subjects that makes it feasible to disentangle the genetic and environmental aspects of familial aggregation.