Current Studies

Running studies:

KORA-Fit Study 2017-2019

Participants:
All MONICA and KORA participants from the years of birth 1945-1964 are invited to the new health examination KORA-Fit. In this age range the maintenance of physical fitness and health is particularly important for many people. Participation is limited to MONICA- and KORA-participants; unfortunately, other interested persons can not be included in this study.

Aim and study content:
The aim of the new study is to gain new insights into the causes, development and consequences of cardiovascular disease, diabetes as well as lung diseases and allergies. KORA-Fit includes an interesting examination program. This is  for example a skin examination, a lung function measurement and an ultrasound examination of the throat arteries. Modern methods are used, e.g., portable activity measuring devices for recording the physical movement around everyday life. For the health check, tablet computers are also used for the first time in KORA. In addition, various laboratory samples are collected, which are used to investigate the role of genes and environment in the development of diseases.

Privacy:
Data collection in KORA is monitored by the Data Protection Commissioner of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ethics Commission of the Bavarian State Medical Association.

Please support the KORA research through your participation and help us to explore the health of the population. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff of the KORA-Study Center under the telephone number 0821-34642-0. We would like to thank you in advance for your participation.

 
Recently finished studies:

Health Survey 2015-2016

Participants:
All MONICA and KORA study participants will be invited to participate in the current 2016 health survey.

Aim:
Health surveys are conducted at regular intervals to ask the study participant about their current state of health. The aim of these surveys is to follow-up the occurrence of chronic diseases over time. This makes it possible to study the development and progression of these diseases.

Study content:

  • All study participants are invited to answer questions on the diagnosis of chronic diseases, quality of life and well-being
  • Study participants who are 65 years and older are invited to participate in an in-depth survey concerning their health.

Privacy:
Data collection in KORA is monitored by the Data Protection Commissioner of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ethics Commission of the Bavarian State Medical Association.

KORA Study 2013/2014 (FF4)

Participants:
In the 1999/2001 KORA study (Baseline Study S4) a total of 4,261 participants were examined. An initial follow-up study (F4), in which 3,080 people from the original baseline study took part, was conducted from 2006 to 2008. The second follow-up study (FF4) with 2,279 participants was conducted in 2013/2014.

Aim:
To identify changes in the state of health of the study participants over a period of 14 years in order to gain an understanding of chronic diseases, their causes, their consequences and their development.

Study content:
The S4, F4 and FF4 studies also focused on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease and the link to environmental factors.
The studies contained the following examination elements, which varied according to age and pre-existing conditions:

  • Measurement of height and weight, blood pressure and pulse
  • Personal interview on the individual’s state of health, general living conditions and use of medical services
  • Intake of medication
  • Laboratory tests, e.g. blood count
  • Glucose tolerance test (oral glucose tolerance test), the result of which may indicate the presence of pre-diabetes or diabetes mellitus
  • ECG (electro-cardiogram) heart examination
  • Pulmonary function tests to measure how well the lungs and the respiratory tract are functioning, e.g. lung volume
  • Examination to detect disorders of the peripheral nervous system (polyneuropathy)
  • Measurement of impact of environmental stressors

Data protection:
In order to comply with data protection requirements, data collection in KORA is monitored by the Data Protection Commissioner of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ethics Commission of the Bavarian State Medical Association.

2013/2014 KORA study extended to include environmental medicine

Participants:
The 2015 Environmental Medicine Survey is geared towards individual who took part in the 2013/2014 follow-up study.

Aim:
To gather data on the prevalence of environmental diseases in the population at large

Study content:
Postal questionnaire about everyday life, physical problems and environmental influences

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