Study of Health in Pomerania (Epidemiology, Population Imaging)
Germany (bvmd) - Moritz-Arndt-Universitaet, Greifswald
Institute for Community Medicine Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) Walter Rathenau Str. 48 17475 Greifswald Germany
Henry Voelzke
Carsten O. Schmidt, Till Ittermann
English, German
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) is a leading population-based epidemiological study consisting of two independent cohorts (SHIP and SHIP-TREND). The study investigates common risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases with highly innovative non-invasive methods in the high-risk population of northeast Germany. It provides a unique scope of data and images for internationally competitive research, reaching the highest ranked journals. We expect a high interest in innovative science and a high capability for interdisciplinary cooperation.
What is the aim of the project?
The studys main aims include the investigation of health in all its aspects and complexity involving the collection and assessment of data relevant to the prevalence and incidence of common, population-relevant diseases and their risk factors.
What techniques and methods are used?
SHIP is the first population based cohort study worldwide which includes whole-body MRI. The aims of the following main whole body-MRI study are: Providing prevalence estimates for different MR findings in a general adult population. Establishing population-based MRI reference parameters for various organs and organ parts such as left and right ventricular size or volume of liver, spleen, kidney, prostate, and brain structures. Clinical MR reference parameters currently in use were derived from small, non-representative samples and are thus prone to selection bias. Correlating MR findings with clinical examination results, metabolomic and genome-wide analysis in order to help elucidate the complex associations that exist between risk factors and diseases By now (2016), almost 700 peer reviewed papers have been published based on the SHIP study.
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Depending on the project advanced knowledge in at least one of the following domains is mandatory: Epidemiology, radiology, statistics. Proficiency with statistical software is highly welcomed. Good command of English is required. This offer is especially for students with a strong carrier perspective of a (medical) scientist.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Voelzke et al. Cohort Profile: The Study of Health in Pomerania. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Apr 40(2) 294-307