Wolfgang Ahrens is the Deputy Director of the Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, University of Bremen. Since 2003, he has been in charge of the newly established division Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research. Having finished his biology studies in 1985, he worked as a 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 having earned his Ph.D. degree with a dissertation 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 to 2003, he was the Head of the division. In 2000, he qualified as a Professor of epidemiology and public health. In 2003, he was offered a W3-professorship for pidemiological methods at Bremen University. His research activities center on the field of aetiology of cancer focussing on environmental factors and occupational exposures. In recent years, he has widened his spectrum of research to the use of secondary data in research of pharmaceutical drug safety as well as primary prevention and evaluation. Currently, he coordinates the largest Europe-wide intervention study on overweight, obesity, and further health effects in children induced by diet, lifestyle, and social factors (www.idefics.eu).
Biography Updated on 8 December 2009