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German National Cohort

The German National Cohort (NAKO Gesundheitsstudie/NAKO) has been inviting men and women aged between 20 and 69 to 18 study centers throughout Germany since 2014. The participants are medically examined and questioned about their living conditions. The NAKO’s aim is to investigate the causes of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, rheumatism, infectious diseases, and dementia in order to improve prevention, early diagnoses and treatment of these very widely spread diseases. The multicenter project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the participating federal states and the Helmholtz Association. By the beginning of March 2017, over 100,000 people from all over Germany had already participated in the study.

Further scientific Projects

SoccHealth – Health status of former professional soccer players “ examines how longterm physical stress during the sports career of professional soccer players affects their later health status in middle and older age. For this purpose, the general health status and disease prevalences of ex-soccer professionals will be compared to those in the general population.

NAKO Database 

Scientists from German-speaking countries have access to the data from the NAKO the baseline study. Click here to access the database and for all questions regarding the application process.

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