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Research Group: Mortality Follow-Up of the German National Cohort (GNC)

The research group supplements the mortality research being done at the BiB with epidemiological and biomedical aspects. It analyses the course and the causes of mortality development and anticipates new findings to help avoid premature deaths in future.

Content and Objectives

The Research Group on the Mortality Follow-Up of the German National Cohort began its work at the Federal Institute for Population Research on 1 July 2015. The German National Cohort is a large-scale, long-term health study by the Nationale Kohorte e.V. (NAKO), in which approximately 200,000 people in Germany between the ages of 20 and 69 are medically examined and asked about their habits over a period of at least 10 to 20 years. In this way, the researchers hope to gain valuable insights into how genetic factors, environmental conditions, social milieu and lifestyle interact in the development of diseases.

The findings are intended to facilitate the creation of strategies for better prevention, early detection and treatment of the primary widespread ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and dementia.


Mortality Follow-Up of the German National Cohort (GNC)

The objective is the accompanying vital status survey of all participants in the German National Cohort as well as the associated collection and analysis of the causes of death for subjects who died in the course of the study. Going beyond the variables identified in the mortality statistics such as age and sex, additional characteristics (such as family status, occupation, diseases at the time of death, etc.) can also be identified, thereby gaining insights into the history and causes of mortality and to avoid premature deaths. Other aspects, such as regional differences in the cause of death structure can be studied in more detail.


German National Cohort (GNC) Consortium (2014): The German National Cohort: Aims, Study Design and Organization. In: European Journal of Epidemiology 29: 371-382

Additional Information


Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Ulrich Mueller

Phone: +49 611 75 4235
Fax: +49 611 75 3960

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