HERE’S WHY – What keeps us healthy and what makes us sick? It is a question that the “NAKO Gesundheitsstudie” (“National Cohort Health Study”) intends to answer. It is examining a total of 10,000 people from Bremen – and a total of 200,000 people across the country – between the ages of 20 and 69. The state of their health will be monitored over a period of several years. The reason for the study is that many common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular illness, and dementia are still puzzling. The NAKO study will help improve the possibilities for studying their causes, finding risk factors, and taking effective preventative measures in the future.
HERE’S WHY – BIPS is one of Germany’s oldest institutes of epidemiology. It began work in 1981 as the Bremer Institut für Präventionsforschung und Sozialmedizin (“Bremen Institute of Prevention Research and Social Medicine”). BIPS became a full member of the Leibniz Association in 2013, which is now also visible in its current name “Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS”. It is closely interconnected with the University of Bremen, with its heads of department teaching at the university as professors.