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Helmholtz Zentrum München - Institute of Epidemiology

The Institute of Epidemiology focuses on the assessment of environmental and lifestyle risk factors and their association with chronic diseases, especially diabetes, lung disease, allergy, heart disease and mental health.

Research builds amongst others on the unique resources of the KORA cohort, the KORA myocardial infarction registry, and the KORA aerosol measurement station. KORA is the abbreviation of “Kooperative Gesundheitsforschung in der Region Augsburg”. It is a research platform in which studies are conducted at regular intervals.
The working group „Environmental Risks“ investigates the health effects of air pollution like particulate matter, meteorological parameters like air temperature as well as noise. Thereby, the focus is on the cardiovascular and metabolic system.

Dr. Alexandra Schneider

Dr. Ute Kraus

Humboldt-University of Berlin - Gender and Science Tenure Institute

The professorship Gender and Science at Humboldt-University of Berlin is rooted in the tradition of science and technology studies. By utilizing gender theory it aims to enhance transfer of concepts between natural sciences on the one hand and cultural and social sciences on the other hand. Its objective is to develop more precise instruments for scientific discourse.

Findings from the field of gender & science will feed into the findings from natural sciences and biomedicine and will be integrated into the scientific discourse, through cooperation with open minded natural scientists and innovative scientific projects. For the transfer to be successful, gender theory needs to be translated into concepts that include biomedical terms. This development simultaneously enriches the discourse of the transdisciplinary field of gender studies and gender teaching. To integrate this under-represented scientific field into the institutions of German universities is a long term goal of the professorship and is substantially supported by the project INGER.

PD Dr. Kerstin Palm

Dr. Katharina Jacke

German Environment Agency - Toxicology and Health-Related Environmental Monitoring

The German Environment Agency (UBA) has been, since its founding in 1974, Germany`s main environmental protection agency and ensures that the fellow citizens have a healthy environment with clean air and water, free of pollutants to the greatest extent possible. The work centers around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. The UBA also provides the general public with information and implements environmental law.

The Section II 1.2, Toxicology and health-related environmental monitoring, supervised by Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring, examines the health-related environmental protection and formulates scientific based quality goals for the environmental protection and human health. To its tasks belongs the risk assessment for the environmental pollutants and derivation of scientific based toxicological reference- and guideline values and The Human-Biomonitoring (HBM) is the main instrument of the health-related environmental monitoring, where human body fluids and tissues are examined for the content of environmental pollutants. Two nationwide surveys, the German Environmental Surveys (GerES) and the environmental specimen bank (ESB), deliver the large base for exposure data collection for german population. The humanbiomonitoring components of these studies are part of the Section II 1.2

Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring

Dr. Malgorzata Debiak

Katrin Groth

University of Bremen - Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research

The department of social epidemiology at the institute for public health and nursing research at the university of bremen pursues the goal of contributing to decrease health inequalities. For this purpose, theories, problems und methods from the social and environmental epidemiology are combined to identify social inequalities in health and evaluate interventions with regard to equity impacts.

Transdisciplinary research approaches are utelized to link scientific and pratical knowledge and solve social problems. The interdisciplinary team comprises members from public health, epidemiology, theoretical medicine, mathematics, geography, spatial planning, sociology and data management.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte

Dr. Lisa Dandolo