Tartu Ulikool

The Institute of Genomics (IG) is a newly established institute at the University of Tartu combining two well-established research institutions: the Estonian Biocentre and the Estonian Genome Centre.

The main aim of the institute is to promote the development of human genetic research, in one hand by gaining a better understanding of the evolutionary history of human genome and its impact on disease development, using population genetics tools to highlight how the present-day genetic diversity arose in humans. And on the other hand, by collecting information on health issues and genetics of the Estonian population and implementing genomics data into medical practice to improve population health, thus acting as a developer of personalised medicine in Estonia.

IG manages the Estonian Biobank, created for this purpose, that currently consists of samples from over 152,000 participants (≥18 years of age), thus representing 15% of the Estonian population.