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Division of Preventive Oncology

Prof. Dr. Hermann Brenner (in ch.)

Prof. Hermann Brenner, head of the DKFZ Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research, has been serving as acting head of the Preventive Oncology Division since 2014.
Under his leadership, a research program in the field of secondary prevention has been implemented focusing on enhanced screening strategies for early detection of cancer and cancer prevention.
In 2016 two new studies were launched: The Gekko study (starting in January 2016) and the DARIO study (starting in June 2016). In 2020 the LEO study was launched, a large-scale scientific study conducted by the Preventive Oncology Division at the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg together with the Interdisciplinary Endoscopy Centre Heidelberg. Since the start of the LEO study, the preventive oncology team has recruited participants from the age group 30-49 based on the NCT "Proof of Concept Trial".
Another focus under development is risk-adapted prevention, a work group under the leadership of Prof. Mahdi Fallah.


Prof. Dr. Hermann Brenner (in ch.)
Preventive Oncology (C120)
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
Im Neuenheimer Feld 581
69120 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 6221 42 1300


Selected Publications

  • Raut J.R. et al (2021). A microRNA panel compared to environmental and polygenic scores for colorectal cancer risk prediction. Nat Commun. 12(1), 4811.
  • Tian Y. et al. (2019). Familial colorectal cancer risk in half siblings and siblings: nationwide cohort study. BMJ 364:l803.
  • Gies A. et al. (2018) Direct Comparison of Diagnostic Performance of 9 Quantitative Fecal Immunochemical Tests for Colorectal Cancer Screening. Gastroenterology 154(1):93-104.
  • Brenner H. et al. (2014). Colorectal cancer. Lancet, 383(9927), 1490-1502.
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