About us

The Institute of Epidemiology mission is to understand the protective and harmful effects of genes, the environment and lifestyle on human health and disease using population-based epidemiology approaches. Knowledge of these interactions leads to novel targeted prevention and intervention approaches and thereby to better health outcomes.

We focus on diabetes, lung diseases and allergy as well as cardiovascular diseases and mental health. We contribute to the German Centers of Disease Research (DZD, DZL, DZHK, DZIF) and many national and international consortia.

We perform functional genomics, epigenomics and systemic phenotyping with the associated Research Unit of Molecular Epidemiology (AME) lead by Dr. Christian Gieger.

We research the health impacts of ambient air pollution and promote public awareness for mitigating environmental exposures and improving health.

Our research builds on the population-based adult cohort KORA (Cooperative Health Research in the Augsburg Region) with its biobank facility and aerosol measurement station, the German National Cohort (GNC or NAKO Gesundheitsstudie) and the two birth cohorts GiniPlus / LisaPlus. We work in close cooperation with other institutes at Helmholtz Zentrum München, especially IGE and IGM in KORA, and partners in the region (e.g. LMU, TUM, University of Augsburg) and beyond.

The Institute of Epidemiology was formed in 2018 under the Director Prof. Annette Peters merging the former Institute of Epidemiology I and II.