The Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS explores causes of health problems and develops new concepts for disease prevention. It examines the effectiveness of these measures and presents the research results to the general public. The population is always at the heart of the research activities.
In its research projects, the institute cooperates with national and international universities and research institutions. A successful example for such cooperation is the EU project I.Family, which aims to investigate the health and lifestyle habits of children. Eight European countries participate in the study, which is coordinated jointly by BIPS and the University of Bremen.
Due to its expertise, the institute is also involved in the health study NAKO, currently the largest population-based study in Germany. The study aims to explore the risk factors of the most important chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and depression. One of 18 nationwide study centers is located at BIPS.
In addition to epidemiological research, the institute transfers its research results into practice by developing prevention programs and by advising stakeholders on the national and international level.
Founded in 1981 as the ”Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine (BIPS)“, it is now one of the oldest epidemiological institutes in Germany.