The NAKO health study is proving the biggest of its kind ever conducted in Germany with over 50,000 participants, according to UKE. The objective is to set up an extensive research platform to research the development of chronic illnesses such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, infectious diseases and respiratory illnesses.
200,000 to take part
Silke Janetzek in Berlin became NAKO’s 50,000th test person. Professor Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Chairman of the National Cohort Association, said: “We are delighted by this important milestone which indicates that NAKO is gaining a foothold in the population. But there is long way yet to go before we reach our goal. We have to convince a total of 200,000 men and women to take part in the study over the coming years.”
Study in Hamburg
By April 2016, more than 2,500 Hamburg residents had been examined in the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf’s (UKE) epidemiological study centre – one of 18 in which the health study is being conducted. The feedback from participants is very positive, the UKE announced Tuesday. Dr. Heiko Becher, head of the NAKO study, said: “The participants are very committed and some of them really enjoy the examinations even though the screening lasts three and a half to six hours.” The participants have a great interest in their own test results.
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