With the Hamburg City Health (HCH study to start in autumn, the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) will conduct one of the world’s largest interdisciplinary observational studies. The central focus of the interdisciplinary observational survey is the early detection of the most common diseases and causes of death by people in industrialised nations.
For a healthy Hamburg
More than 20 institutes of UKE teamed up to conduct the survey. Together, they want to examine 50,000 people from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region in regard to cardiac, neurological and oncological diseases, i.e. cancer, heart attacks, and dementia. From the multitude of medical data, they hope to derive early warning indicators and requirements for medical technical equipment. Next to UKE institutes and clinics, also industry partners will be involved in the survey.
National long-term survey
The UKE Study Center is also one of 18 locations in Germany involved in the long-term epidemiological study “National Cohort”. In this study, 200,000 people aged between 20 and 69 from across Germany will be medically examined and questioned on their living habits (e.g. physical activity, smoking, diet, occupation etc.). In addition, all participants in the study will supply blood samples which will be stored in a central biobank for later research projects. After five years, all participants will have to complete a second questionnaire and be examined once again at their local study centre.