Study Centre Hannover
The “National Cohort”, with its Germany-wide 200,000 participants and 18 study centres, is the largest health study in German history. Approximately 10,000 participants from the greater metropolitan area of Hannover will be examined and interviewed at the study centre Hannover. The main study will begin in 2014. A pilot study will start before this.
The National Cohort
“Together for a healthy Germany” – with this purpose in mind, the Helmholtz Association, university-based partners and renowned research facilities have joined forces to launch the largest Germany-wide health study with the provisional name “National Cohort”.
This study aims to investigate the origins of common illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, dementia, infections and diseases of the immune system. Individuals from all over Germany will be examined and interviewed concerning their lifestyle habits such as physical activity, smoking, nutrition and profession. Moreover, various biospecimens such as blood-, urine-, stool-, saliva-samples as well as nasal swabs will be taken and stored for future research in a central bio-sample bank.
After 4 years, all participants will be invited for a second examination and interview at the study centre. In the course of the planned follow-up observation of up to 20 years, diseases will have emerged among many participants which can then be linked with the data collected earlier. The study thus offers unique opportunities for a plethora of scientific examinations to facilitate improved early detection, prevention and treatment of diseases. The study will be financed by public funds from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association and Federal State Governments. www.nationale-kohorte.de
Study Site Hannover
An additional focus of the study centre Hannover is to conduct research on infectious diseases and disorders of the immune system. The study site Hannover will be coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research under the scientific supervision of Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause.
The facilities of the HZI study centre are provisionally located in a building in Feodor-Lynen Street in Hannover. By the year 2014 and in the immediate vicinity thereof, the Clinical Research Centre Hannover (CRC) – a joint study centre comprising the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, the Frauenhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine and the Hannover Medical School - will have been completed. The CRC will be the final site for the HZI study centre.
What exactly does an epidemiologist do?
An epidemiologist is concerned with, among other things, the distribution and determinants of health related states or events, including diseases and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. Epidemiologists employ a range of study designs from the observational to experimental to investigate , factors that contribute to health or disease. Epidemiology is the cornerstone of public health, it informs policy decisions and evidence-based medicine by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive medicine.