Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Helmholtz funds cohort study

23.10.2008
The Helmholtz Association will invest around €20 million over the next five years to put together a large-scale, long-term cohort study. The goal of the study will be to illuminate the causes of common health problems like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia, as well as to identify risk factors and effective methods of prevention. The Helmholtz Association’s Senate reached the decision today.

The cohort study will observe a group of 200,000 people over a period of ten to twenty years. The subjects will be healthy at the time they are recruited and will have given their permission to take part in the study. They will undergo regular medical checkups and answer questions about their lifestyle habits and socioeconomic status.

Over time some of them will develop medical conditions, and doctors will then be able to relate to the medical data the patients provided earlier in the study. This makes the study a unique tool to gain a better understanding of a variety of epidemiological questions.

The Helmholtz Association will plan and conduct the cohort study with help from universities and other national research institutions. The planning and coordination phase will begin in 2009 and last for approximately three years. “Chronic conditions are placing an increasing burden on health care systems and presenting new challenges for health care researchers, as well. Cohort studies such as this one are helpful for developing new strategies for early recognition and prevention, especially for conditions that have a variety of causes such as lifestyle habits, environmental factors and genetic risk factors”, says Helmholtz Association President, Prof. Jürgen Mlynek.

All of the Helmholtz Association’s health centres will be involved in the initiative, with the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and the Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health acting as coordinators.

Other participants will include the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin-Buch, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, the Helmholtz Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (which is currently in the process of being established), and the health research division of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The total cost of the ten-year initiative is estimated to be between €150-200 million.

Press Office | Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Further information:
http://www.helmholtz.de

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht The personality factor: How to foster the sharing of research data
06.09.2017 | ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft

nachricht Europe’s Demographic Future. Where the Regions Are Heading after a Decade of Crises
10.08.2017 | Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Ultrafast snapshots of relaxing electrons in solids

Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!

When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...

Im Focus: Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material

For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.

Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...

Im Focus: Fast, convenient & standardized: New lab innovation for automated tissue engineering & drug

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems Holding GmbH about commercial use of a multi-well tissue plate for automated and reliable tissue engineering & drug testing.

MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems...

Im Focus: Silencing bacteria

HZI researchers pave the way for new agents that render hospital pathogens mute

Pathogenic bacteria are becoming resistant to common antibiotics to an ever increasing degree. One of the most difficult germs is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a...

Im Focus: Artificial Enzymes for Hydrogen Conversion

Scientists from the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion report in the first issue of the new journal JOULE.

Cell Press has just released the first issue of Joule, a new journal dedicated to sustainable energy research. In this issue James Birrell, Olaf Rüdiger,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

I-ESA 2018 – Call for Papers

12.09.2017 | Event News

EMBO at Basel Life, a new conference on current and emerging life science research

06.09.2017 | Event News

IVAM’s LaserForum visits the Swiss canton of St. Gallen with the topic ultrashort pulse lasers

06.09.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

The Wadden Sea and the Elbe Studied with Zeppelin, Drones and Research Ships

19.09.2017 | Earth Sciences

Digging sensors out of an efficiency hole

19.09.2017 | Materials Sciences

Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safety

19.09.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>