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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang AHRENS Projektkoordinator, IDEFICS - Studie zu ernährungs- und lebensstilbedingten Erkrankungen bei Kindern; Stv. Direktor, BIPS - Institut für Epidemiologie und Präventionsforschung GmbH, Bremen


1985 Diploma in Human Biology, University Bremen.
1985-1994 Research fellow in epidemiology of work- and environment-related cancer, Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, Bremen.
1995-1998 Head of the working group Epidemiology at the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University Clinic Essen.
1997 PhD on "Retrospective assessment of occupational exposure in epidemiological case- control studies", University Bremen.
1998-2003 Head of the division Epidemiological Methods and Field Work, remen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, Bremen.
2000-2003 Assistant Professor for Epidemiology and Public Health, University Bremen.
since 2003 W3-professorship for Epidemiological Methods at Bremen University.
  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).
since 2004 Deputy Director of BIPS Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research GmbH, Bremen and head of the Dept. Epidemiological Methods and Etiologic Research.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie (DGEpi)
Deutsche Adipositasgesellschaft (DAG)
International Epidemiological Association (IEA)
European childhood Obesity Groupp (ECOG)


Moreno, Luis A.; Pigeot, Iris; Ahrens, Wolfgang (eds) (2011). Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York: Springer.
Ahrens, Wolfgang; Bammann, Karin; Siani, Alfonso; Buchecker, Kirsten; De Henauw, Stefaan; Iacoviello, Licia; Hebestreit, Antje; Krogh, Vittorio; Lissner, Lauren; Marild, Staffan; Molnar, Dénes; Moreno, Luis A.; Pitsiladis, Yannis; Reisch, Lucia A.; Tornaritis, Michael; Veidebaum, Toomas; Pigeot, Iris; on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium (2011). The IDEFICS cohort: Design, characteristics and participation in the baseline survey. International Journal of Obesity, 35 (Suppl.1):S3 - S15.
Pigeot, Iris; De Henauw, Stefaan; Foraita, Ronja; Jahn, Ingeborg; Ahrens, Wolfgang (2010). Primary prevention from the epidemiology perspective: Three examples from the practice. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 10:10.
Hense, Sabrina; Pohlabeln, Hermann; De Henauw, Stefaan; Eiben, Gabriele; Molnar, Dénes; Moreno, Luis A.; Barba, Gianvincenzo; Hadjigeorgiou, Charalampos; Veidebaum, Toomas; Ahrens, Wolfgang (2011). Sleep duration and overweight in European children - Is the association modified by geographic region? Sleep, 37 (7):885 - 890.