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BBMRI-LPC Biobanks

German National Cohort - Cohorts of Germany

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

In this cohort study, people aged between 20 and 69 from across Germany will undergo medical examination and answer questionnaires on their living habits (e.g. physical activity, smoking, diet, occupation etc.). In addition, all participants in the study will supply blood samples which will be stored in a central biobank. A second examination and interrogation will take place after five years. The observation will continue over a period of 10-20 years, during which some of the participants are bound to develop diseases.

The German National Cohort is a network of German research institutes from the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, various universities and research departments and is funded by the Federal Ministry on Education and Research.

Main focus of research: causes of and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, neurological and infectious diseases; options for early detection and prevention of these diseases.

Approximate number of probands: 2013: 4,000, final (2017): 200,000.

Types and number of biosamples available: serum, plasma, saliva, urine, nasal swabs, stool; (DNA), RNA; final (2017): 20 million.


Nationale Kohorte e.V.
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
D-69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 42 2161
E-mail: geschaeftsstelle_natko[at]

Contact for BBMRI-LPC:

H.-Erich Wichmann
Technical University Munich
Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Ismaninger Str. 22
D-81675 München

tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066
fax: +49 (0)89-3187-4499

Further information: see German National Cohort website

BBMRI-LPC Biobanks
c/o Technische Universität München • Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology • Ismaninger Str. 22 • D-81675 München
tel: +49 (0)89-3187-4066 & +49 (0)89-4140-4320 • wichmann[at] & klaus.kuhn[at]
Last modification of this page: 09.02.2015