The Institute of Epidemiology II focuses on the assessment of environmental and lifestyle risk factors which jointly affect major chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health. The role of genetic predisposition is addressed jointly with research focusing on genetic and molecular epidemiology. Our research builds on the unique resources of the KORA cohort, the KORA myocardial infarction registry and the KORA aerosol measurement station. Follow-up activities within the cohort assess intermediate phenotypes of the chronic diseases of interest and incidence of disease. Recently, modules for assessing aging-related phenotypes have been added to the KORA research portfolio.

Key Research Areas are:

Health and environment

  • Short-term and long-term health effects of ambient particulate matter with respect to heart disease and diabetes
  • Health effects of weather and climate

Lifestyle and chronic diseases

  • Risk factors for diabetes onset and diabetes complications
  • Risk factors and prevention of myocardial infarction
  • Predictors of successful aging and frailty
  • Mental Health as a key risk factor for chronic diseases

For details visit the pages of the research groups: