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Gabriele Weeske
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Department of Epidemiology (EPI)

Due to the retirement of apl. Prof. Dr. Heiner Boeing the
department has been closed on 31 December 2018.

The department focused on:


Field of research

is the relation between lifestyle factors, biological parameters, and the risk of chronic diseases. The focus is mainly on various cancer sites, cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome.


Since 1994, the department performs the EPIC Potsdam Study, a prospective cohort study with 27 548 participants (women, age 35-64 years, and men, age 40-64 years) in the Potsdam area. The EPIC-Potsdam study is part of the multi centre EU-funded European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) with around 521 000 subjects. Another German EPIC-centre is located in Heidelberg at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of nutrition on the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. It is a long-term study with a follow-up period of about 20 years. Contact with the study participants is maintained with mailed follow-up questionnaires sent every other year in order to assess new cancer cases as well as changes in diet or lifestyle factors.


Our aim is to investigate the relationship between diet and the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases. Within the EPIC study factors will be identified that modify disease risk and are therefore related to disease prevention.


Online questionnaires Portal for Internet based assessment tools in Epidemiology and study management system (SMS).

MSM program

Web-based implementation of the Multiple Source Method (MSM) estimating the usual dietary intake for populations and individuals

Diabetes Risk Score

Online version of the German Diabetes Risk Score


Repository of current assessment instruments for nutrition and physical activity

DAG program

Program for selection of "minimal sufficient adjustment sets" within directed acyclic graphs (DAGs).

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