Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens is professor of epidemiological methods at the faculty of mathematics and computer science of the University of Bremen. He is Deputy Director of BIPS Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research GmbH, Bremen and head of the Dept. Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research. Having finished his biology studies in 1985 he worked as scientific assistant in numerous epidemiologic studies with focus on work- and environment-related cancer. In the years 1995-1998 he established the working group Epidemiology at the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University Clinic Essen. After his PhD thesis on “Retrospective assessment of occupational exposure in epidemiological case- control studies” he established the cross sectional division Epidemiological Methods and Field Work at the BIPS. From 1998-2003 he was Head of the division. In 2000 he qualified as professor for Epidemiology and Public Health. In 2003 he was offered a W3-professorship for Epidemiological Methods at Bremen University. His research interests lie in the area of the aetiology of cancer with focus on environmental factors and occupational exposures and the use of secondary data for epidemiological research. A key focus of research are the causes of lifestyle diseases as well as their primary prevention and the scientific evaluation of intervention measures. He is currently coordinating the largest Europe-wide intervention study on overweight, obesity and other disorders in children conditioned by nutrition, lifestyle and social factors (www.idefics.eu) and a subsequent prospective cohort study on lifestyle, diet and exercise in children, adolescents and their parents (I. Family) .
Biography Updated on 4 September 2012