Epidemiologic, clinical, and public health studies are highly standardized, well documented, and provide structured, quality-controlled data. But access to and use of these data are limited, including by privacy laws and lack of compatibility between data types. NFDI4Health (National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data) aims to improve and expand the reuse of personal health data in Germany.
NFDI4Health is composed of an interdisciplinary team of 18 partners. Currently, 46 health care institutions are participating in the consortium, including major professional societies and important epidemiological cohorts, including DIfE with the EPIC-Potsdam study. Prof. Matthias Schulze, Head of the Department of Molecular Epidemiology, is co-applicant and co-spokesperson of the NFDI4Health "Use Cases" task area. His department brings expertise regarding the harmonization of nutritional data and chronic disease epidemiology data as well as decentralized data analysis to the consortium.