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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1984-2001 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 18000  
Estimated Current Sample Size 10,000 to 19,999 
Age at Recruitment 25-74   
Gender Male and Female 

KORA stands for “Kooperative Gesundheitsforschung in der Region Augsburg” (Cooperative Health Research in the Augsburg Region). KORA studies are conducted at regular intervals in order to assess the health status of the population in Augsburg and the surrounding area since 1984. The extensive database and biological specimen repository provide an excellent platform for national and international health research. More than 200 research projects a year are conducted with regional, national and international partners. To date, more than 2,000 publications have been issued. The main research areas are:
– Lifestyle and environmental factors as risk factors in the development of chronic diseases
– Identifying new genes for the most important chronic diseases and related risk factors
– Integrating research into risk factors and functional genomics
– Research on health systems: usage, costs and health status

Last Update 21/09/2017

Country Germany 
Contact details
Institution name Institute for Epidemiology II 
Principal Investiator (PI) Prof. Dr. Annette Peters|KORA Board Members: Prof. Dr. Reiner Leidl|Prof. Dr. Konstantin Strauch|Prof. Holger Schulz|Dr. Christian Gieger 
Contact email PI Email: [email protected] PI Email: [email protected] PI Email: [email protected] PI Email: [email protected] PI Email: [email protected] PI Email: [email protected]  
Contact phone number  
Address Helmholtz Centre Munich -
German Research Center
Health and Environment (GmbH)
Institute of Epidemiology II
Ingolst'dter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg
Funders (Core support) Helmholtz Zentrum M'nchen ' German Research Center for Environmental Health, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the State of Bavaria. 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Microbiome, Saliva, Urine
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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