NAKO Health Study

The NAKO Health Study, launched in 2014, is a Germany-wide long-term population study involving a total of 200,000 randomly selected men and women aged 20 to 69. They are comprehensively examined at 18 study centers with further check-ups being performed for up to 30 years. The aim is to investigate the causes of typical common diseases such as diabetes, cancer and dementia in order to develop new prevention and treatment strategies. The initiator of the large-scale study is a network of German research institutions consisting of the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Association and various universities.

The NAKO and the DIfE

The NAKO study center Berlin-South/Brandenburg, which has been managed by DIfE since 2015, is located in Steglitz and studies a total of 10,000 subjects. Participants provide blood and urine samples, undergo extensive testing, and are interviewed about their lifestyle. The DIfE plays a leading role in the study modules that record nutritional behavior and physical activity. It developed appropriate survey instruments and statistical analysis methods for this purpose during the pilot phase. In the main phase, it is responsible for these topics and leads the corresponding competence groups.