Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research
Prof. Dr. Hermann Brenner
The department’s main areas of research include clinical cancer epidemiology, epidemiology of chronic age-related diseases and epidemiologic methods.
In the field of clinical cancer epidemiology, we conduct large-scale epidemiologic studies on new avenues of more effective cancer prevention and early detection, and on issues of quality of medical care, prognosis and quality of life of cancer patients.
Further large-scale epidemiologic studies focus on detection of risk factors, risk markers and prognostic factors of other, age-related diseases and limitations, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, cognitive decline, functional impairments, multimorbidity and frailty, thereby aiming to explore new avenues of enhanced prevention and management of these common and strongly age-related outcomes.
Most of our studies are conducted in interdisciplinary, often international collaboration with cancer registries, clinical partners, and partners from the basic biological sciences.
Apart from application of the highest methodological standards in our studies, a major area of research conducted in the department is devoted to further development and enhancement of methods of epidemiological research.