Definition: A cohort in terms of the social sciences is a defined population (group of people), which is observed and followed over a period of time with the aim of defining characteristics, which distinguish the different populations. Cohort studies are therefore studies in which subsets of a defined population (groups) are determined. After a hypothesis has been set, these groups are exposed to the factors, which according to the hypothesis, increase the probability of occurrence of a particular event or other results.

Personalized Medicine is about tailoring diagnostics, therapies and preventions to individuals. Specific research questions require different study designs and populations. When developing personalized approaches, it is important to use both patient and population samples. The wide range of cohort studies within the Helmholtz Association provides great potential for delivering new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative measures for various diseases.   

DKFZ: Hermann Brenner
DZNE: Daniela Berg, Monique Breteler, Thomas Gasser
HZI/TWINCORE: Frank Pessler
HMGU: Joachim Heinrich, Jakob Linseisen, Christa Meisinger, Annette Peters, Annette Ziegler
MDC: Tobias Pischon

List of the Cohorts available in iMed

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