Individual Study / PONS

The Polish-Norwegian Study

The Polish-Norwegian Study

Initiatives -
It was designed to assess behavioural, biological, genetic, social and environmental factors with the aim of documenting the need for and laying the ground for developing effective health improvement strategies in the studied population. Its main aim is to study the impact of lifestyle and biological risk factors on aspects of health, such as the incidence of chronic diseases and quality of life. *Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.*
Start Year
The data collection was supported by a grant from the Polish-Norwegian Research Fund (PNRF-228-AI-1/07).


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Marta Manczuk
    Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
PONS participants are linked to the National Cancer Registry where participants can be followed up electronically. It is planned to follow up the cancer information annually. Additionally, the National Cancer Registry provides histopathological information on cancer diagnoses, allowing both confirmation and specific types of cancer to beassessed. A 6-year follow-up for re-examination, including a questionnaire, clinical assessments and biological sample collection was done.
Supplementary Information

Marker Paper

Manczuk M, Boffetta P, Sartori S, Hashim D, Vatten LJ, Zatonski WA. Cohort Profile: The Polish-Norwegian Study (PONS) cohort. Int J Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 1;46(2):e5. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv037.

PUBMED 25948663


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

By contacting the study representative