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KORA - Cohorts of Germany

Short description of background, aims, hosting institution:

KORA stands for Cooperative Health Research in the Augsburg Region. It emerged from the WHO MONICA study (monitoring trends and determinants in cardiovascular disease) and is administered by the Helmholtz Center Munich. Between 1984 and 2000 four consecutive population-based surveys were conducted with a random sample of individuals from the region aged 25 to 74 years.

The KORA study center conducts regular follow-ups and has collected a wealth of information on social and demographic characteristics, health and environmental conditions, smoking and nutritional habits as well as alcohol consumption. Physical examinations are also carried out regularly and biosamples are taken.

At the same time a myocardial infarction registry has been created where every fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction is registered and samples are taken. Other study types (family studies, case-control studies) were included over the years.

Main focus of research: coronary heart diseases, type-2 diabetes, allergies, lung diseases.

Approximate number of probands: 18,000.

Types and number of biosamples available: DNA, serum, plasma, urine (in subsamples saliva, cell lines); 2013: 85,000, final: 105,000 samples.


Prof. Dr. Annette Peters
Institute for Epidemiology II
Helmholtz Center Munich
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85764 Neuherberg
tel. +49 (0)89 3187 4566
fax +49 (0)89 3187 3364

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:

KORA website

Questionnaires for surveys S1-S4 (in English):

Overview with numbers for baseline variables (pdf-file):

Information in german on variables and corresponding numbers for surveys S1-S4:

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