Michael Leitzmann received an M.D. degree from the University of Berlin, Germany, in 1986, followed by a medical residency in internal medicine. In 1995, he joined the Harvard School of Public Health, where he received an M.P.H. degree with a concentration in quantitative methods in 1996 and a Doctorate degree in epidemiology in 2000. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard from 2000 to 2002 and was a Tenure-Track Investigator at the US National Cancer Institute from 2002 to 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Epidemiology at Regensburg University, Germany. His main research interests include the interrelationships between diet, body size, physical activity, and the development of chronic diseases, particularly cancer. His work focuses on three areas of research to elucidate these interrelationships: (1) methodological research on the assessment of physical activity and its individual components in large-scale epidemiologic studies; (2) clarification of biologic mechanisms linking the adverse effects of a poor diet, obesity, and physical inactivity to the development of disease; (3) investigation of the independent and joint relations of diet, body size, and physical activity to disease risk. He is an Associate Editor of Cancer Causes and Control and a Journal Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Epidemiology and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2010