Research fellow

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens

Curriculum vitae

Position and scientific career: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ahrens is professor of epidemiological methods at the faculty of mathematics and computer science of the University of Bremen, Germany. He is Deputy Director of the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS in Bremen and head of the department Epidemiological Methods and Etiological Research. Having finished his biology studies in 1985 he worked as 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 his PhD thesis 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 1998-2003 he was Head of the division. In 2000 he qualified as professor for Epidemiology and Public Health. In 2003 he was offered a W3-professorship for Epidemiological Methods at Bremen University. A key focus of his research addresses the causes of lifestyle diseases as well as their primary prevention and the scientific evaluation of intervention measures. Further research interests lie in the area of the aetiology of cancer with focus on environmental factors and occupational exposures and the use of secondary data for epidemiological research. He initiated the largest Europe-wide intervention study on overweight, obesity and other disorders in children conditioned by nutrition, lifestyle and social factors (www.idefics.eu; 2006-2012) and coordinated the subsequent prospective cohort study on lifestyle, diet and exercise in children, adolescents and their parents - the I.Family study (www.ifamilystudy.eu; 2012-2017).
Furthermore, he is a Member of the Board of Directors, chair of the Northwest cluster and PI of the study centre Bremen of the German National Cohort (GNC). The German National Cohort is a joint interdisciplinary endeavour of scientists from the Helmholtz and the Leibniz Association, universities, and other research institutes. Ist aim is to investigate the causes for the development of major chronic diseases, i.e. cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative/-psychiatric diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, respiratory and infectious diseases, and their pre-clinical stages or functional health impairments. (www.nako.de).

Research interests

  • Epidemiological methods
  • Exposure assessment
  • Occupational epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of chronic diseases and cancer
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Etiologic research
  • Prevention/Health promotion

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  • Articles with peer-review

  • Ahrens W, Siani A, Adan R, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Gwozdz W, Hebestreit A, Hunsberger M, Kaprio J, Krogh V, Lissner L, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Page A, Picó C, Reisch LA, Smith RM, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Williams G, Pohlabeln H, Pigeot I, on behalf of the I.Family consortium. Cohort profile: The transition from childhood to adolescence in European children - How I.Family extends the IDEFICS cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2017;46(5):1394-1395j.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyw317
  • Börnhorst C, Siani A, Tornaritis M, Molnar D, Lissner L, Regber S, Reisch LA, De Decker A, Moreno LA, Ahrens W, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia. Potential selection effects when estimating associations between the infancy peak or adiposity rebound and later body mass index in children. International Journal of Obesity. 2017;41(4):518-526.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2016.218
  • Brand T, Jahn I, Pohlabeln H, Böttcher S, Hense S, Hebestreit A, Ahrens W. Comparing strategies to improve the implementation of healthy nutrition in kindergartens: A prospective observational study. Journal of Public Health. 2017;25(3):299-310.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-016-0779-7
  • Günther K, Foraita R, Friemel J, Günther F, Bullerdiek J, Nimzyk R, Markowski DN, Behrens T, Ahrens W. The stem cell factor HMGA2 is expressed in non-HPV-associated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and predicts patient survival of distinct subsites. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2017;26(2):197-205.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0492
  • Langeheine M, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Rach S, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Consequences of an extended recruitment on participation in the follow-up of a child study: Results from the German IDEFICS cohort. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2017;31(1):76-86.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ppe.12328
  • Mikkelsen A, Galli C, Eiben G, Ahrens W, Iacoviello L, Molnar D, Pala V, Risé P, Rodríguez G, Russo P, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Vyncke K, Wolters M, Mehlig K, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Blood fatty acid composition in relation to allergy in children aged 2-9: Results from the European IDEFICS study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017;71(1):39-44.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2016.158
  • Olsson AC, Vermeulen R, Schüz J, Kromhout H, Pesch B, Peters S, Behrens T, Portengen L, Mirabelli D, Gustavsson P, Kendzia B, Almansa J, Luzon V, Vlaanderen J, Stücker I, Guida F, Consonni D, Caporaso N, Landi MT, Field J, Brüske I, Wichmann H-E, Siemiatycki J, Parent M-E, Richiardi L, Merletti F, Jöckel K-H, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Plato N, Tardón A, Zaridze D, McLaughlin J, Demers P, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Dumitru RS, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Boffetta P, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Forastiere F, Brüning T, Straif K. Exposure-response analyses of asbestos and lung cancer subtypes in a pooled analysis of case-control studies in Europe and Canada. Epidemiology. 2017;28(2):288-299.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/EDE.0000000000000604
  • Wolters M, Börnhorst C, Schwarz H, Risé P, Galli C, Moreno LA, Pala V, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Fraterman A, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Lissner L, Molnar D, Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Association of desaturase activity and C-reactive protein in European children. Pediatric Research. 2017;81(1):27-32.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/pr.2016.186
  • Börnhorst C, Tilling K, Russo P, Kourides Y, Michels N, Molnar D, Rodríguez G, Moreno LA, Krogh V, Ben-Shlomo Y, Ahrens W, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Associations between early body mass index trajectories and later metabolic risk factors in European children: The IDEFICS study. European Journal of Epidemiology. 2016;31(5):513-525.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10654-015-0080-z
  • Iacomino G, Russo P, Stillitano I, Lauria F, Marena P, Ahrens W, De Luca P, Siani A. Circulating microRNAs are deregulated in overweight/obese children: Preliminary results of the I.Family study. Genes & Nutrition. 2016;11:7.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12263-016-0525-3
  • Wichmann H-E, Hörlein A, Ahrens W, Nauck M. Die Biobank der Nationalen Kohorte als Ressource der epidemiologischen Forschung. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2016;59(3):351-360.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00103-015-2305-4
  • Wolters M, Pala V, Russo P, Risé P, Moreno LA, De Henauw S, Mehlig K, Veidebaum T, Molnar D, Tornaritis M, Galli C, Ahrens W, Börnhorst C, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia. Associations of whole blood n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids with blood pressure in children and adolescents - Results from the IDEFICS/I.Family cohort. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(11):e0165981.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0165981
  • Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Sensory taste preferences and taste sensitivity and the association of unhealthy food patterns with overweight and obesity in primary school children in Europe - A synthesis of data from the IDEFICS study. Flavour. 2015;4(8):1-9.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2044-7248-4-8
  • Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Foraita R, Nelis M, Lagiou P, Lagiou A, Bouchardy C, Slamova A, Schejbalova M, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Agudo A, Castellsague X, Macfarlane TV, Macfarlane GJ, Lee Y-CA, Talamini R, Barzan L, Canova C, Simonato L, Thomson P, McKinney PA, McMahon AD, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Metspalu A, Marron M, Hashibe M, Conway DI, Brennan P. Oral health, dental care and mouthwash associated with upper aerodigestive tract cancer risk in Europe: The ARCAGE study. Oral Oncology. 2014;50(6):616-625.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oraloncology.2014.03.001
  • Schink T, Kreutz G, Busch V, Pigeot I, Ahrens W. Incidence and relative risk of hearing disorders in professional musicians. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014;71(7):472-476.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2014-102172
  • Zinkhan M, Berger K, Hense S, Nagel M, Obst A, Koch B, Penzel T, Fietze I, Ahrens W, Young P, Happe S, Kantelhardt JW, Kluttig A, Schmidt-Pokrzywniak A, Pillmann F, Stang A. Agreement of different methods for assessing sleep characteristics: A comparison of two actigraphs, wrist and hip placement, and self-report with polysomnography. Sleep Medicine. 2014;15(9):1107-1114.
    http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2014.04.015
  • Behrens T, Lynge E, Cree I, Lutz J-M, Eriksson M, Guénel P, Merletti F, Morales-Suarez-Varela MM, Afonso N, Stengrevics A, Févotte J, Sabroe S, Llopis-González A, Gorini G, Hardell L, Stang A, Ahrens W. Pesticide exposure in farming and forestry and the risk of uveal melanoma. Cancer Causes & Control. 2012;23(1):141-151.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10552-011-9863-z
  • Behrens T, Pohlabeln H, Mester B, Langner I, Schmeißer N, Ahrens W. Exposure to metal-working fluids in the automobile industry and the risk of male germ cell tumors. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2012;69(3):224-226.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2011-100070
  • Macfarlane TV, Macfarlane GJ, Thakker NS, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Lagiou P, Lagiou A, Castellsague X, Agudo A, Slamova A, Plzak J, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Talamini R, Barzan L, Kjaerheim K, Canova C, Simonato L, Conway DI, McKinney PA, Thomson P, Sloan P, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Marron M, Brennan P. Role of medical history and medication use in the aetiology of upper aerodigestive tract cancers in Europe: The ARCAGE study. Annals of Oncology. 2012;23(4):1053-1060.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdr335
  • Pesch B, Kendzia B, Gustavsson P, Jöckel K-H, Johnen G, Pohlabeln H, Olsson A, Ahrens W, Gross IM, Brüske I, Wichmann H-E, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Fortes C, Siemiatycki J, Parent M-E, Consonni D, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Zaridze D, Cassidy A, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Rudnai P, Lissowska J, Stücker I, Fabianova E, Stanescu Dumitru R, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Rudin CM, Brennan P, Boffetta P, Straif K, Brüning T. Cigarette smoking and lung cancer - relative risk estimates for the major histological types from a pooled analysis of case-control studies. International Journal of Cancer. 2012;131(5):1210-1219.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.27339
  • Richiardi L, Corbin M, Marron M, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Lagiou P, Minaki P, Agudo A, Castellsague X, Slamova A, Schejbalova M, Kjaerheim K, Barzan L, Talamini R, Macfarlane GJ, Macfarlane TV, Canova C, Simonato L, Conway DI, McKinney PA, Sneddon L, Thomson P, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Hashibe M, Brennan P, Merletti F. Occupation and risk of upper aerodigestive tract cancer: The ARCAGE study. International Journal of Cancer. 2012;130(10):2397-2406.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.26237
  • Ahrens W, Bammann K, Siani A, Buchecker K, De Henauw S, Iacoviello L, Hebestreit A, Krogh V, Lissner L, Marild S, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Pitsiladis Y, Reisch LA, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. The IDEFICS cohort: Design, characteristics and participation in the baseline survey. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S3-S15.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.30
  • Anantharaman D, Marron M, Lagiou P, Samoli E, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Slamova A, Schejbalova M, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Castellsague X, Agudo A, Talamini R, Barzan L, Macfarlane TV, Tickle M, Simonato L, Canova C, Conway DI, McKinney PA, Thomson P, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Hashibe M, Brennan P, Macfarlane GJ. Population attributable risk of tobacco and alcohol for upper aerodigestive tract cancer. Oral Oncology. 2011;47(8):725-731.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oraloncology.2011.05.004
  • Chen D, Truong T, Gaborieau V, Chabrier A, Chuang S-C, Olshan AF, Weissler MC, Luo J, Romkes M, Buch S, Nukui T, Franceschi S, Kelsey KT, Christensen B, McClean MD, Lacko M, Manni JJ, Peters WHM, Lubinski J, Trubicka J, Lener M, Muscat J, Lazarus P, Wei Q, Sturgis EM, Zhang Z-F, Chang S-C, Wang R, Schwartz SM, Chen C, Benhamou S, Lagiou P, Holcátová I, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Agudo A, Castellsague X, Macfarlane TV, Barzan L, Canova C, Thakker NS, Conway DI, Znaor A, Healy CM, Ahrens W, Zaridze D, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Bucur A, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Curado MP, Koifman S, Menezes A, Wünsch-Filho V, Neto JE, Fernandez L, Boccia S, Hashibe M, Hayes RB, Boffetta P, Brennan P, McKay JD. A sex-specific association between a 15q25 variant and upper aerodigestive tract cancers. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2011;20(4):658-664.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-1008
  • Chuang S-C, Agudo A, Ahrens W, Anantharaman D, Benhamou S, Boccia S, Chen C, Conway DI, Fabianova E, Hayes RB, Healy CM, Holcátová I, Kjaerheim K, Lagiou P, Lazarus P, Macfarlane TV, Mahimkar MB, Mates D, Matsuo K, Merletti F, Metspalu A, Morgenstern H, Muscat J, Cadoni G, Olshan AF, Purdue M, Ramroth H, Rudnai P, Schwartz SM, Simonato L, Smith EM, Sturgis EM, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Talamini R, Thomson P, Wei Q, Zaridze D, Zhang Z-F, Znaor A, Brennan P, Boffetta P, Hashibe M. Sequence variants and the risk of head and neck cancer: Pooled analysis in the INHANCE consortium. Frontiers in Oncology. 2011;1:13.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2011.00013
  • De Henauw S, Verbestel V, Marild S, Barba G, Bammann K, Eiben G, Hebestreit A, Iacoviello L, Keimer KM, Konstabel K, Kovács E, Lissner L, Maes L, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Reisch LA, Siani A, Tornaritis M, Williams G, Ahrens W, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. The IDEFICS community-oriented intervention program. A new model for childhood obesity prevention in Europe? International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S16-S23.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.31
  • Hense S, Barba G, Pohlabeln H, De Henauw S, Marild S, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Hadjigeorgiou C, Veidebaum T, Ahrens W. Factors that influence weekday sleep duration in European children. Sleep. 2011;34(5):633-639.
  • Hense S, Pohlabeln H, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Barba G, Hadjigeorgiou C, Veidebaum T, Ahrens W. Sleep duration and overweight in European children - Is the association modified by geographic region? Sleep. 2011;34(7):885-890.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5665/sleep.1120
  • Huybrechts I, Börnhorst C, Pala V, Moreno LA, Barba G, Lissner L, Fraterman A, Veidebaum T, Hebestreit A, Sieri S, Krogh V, Ottevaere C, Tornaritis M, Molnar D, Ahrens W, De Henauw S, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Evaluation of the Children's Eating Habits Questionnaire used in the IDEFICS study by using urinary calcium and potassium excretion in spot urine samples for estimating correlations with milk consumption frequencies among European children. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S69-S78.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.37
  • Lanfer A, Hebestreit A, Ahrens W, Krogh V, Sieri S, Lissner L, Eiben G, Siani A, Huybrechts I, Loit H-M, Papoutsou S, Kovács E, Pala V, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Reproducibility of food consumption frequencies derived from the Children's Eating Habits Questionnaire used in the IDEFICS study. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S61-S68.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.36
  • McKay JD, Truong T, Gaborieau V, Chabrier A, Chuang S-C, Byrnes G, Zaridze D, Shangina O, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Lissowska J, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Bucur A, Bencko V, Holcátová I, Janout V, Foretova L, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Ahrens W, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Talamini R, Barzan L, Kjaerheim K, Macfarlane GJ, Macfarlane TV, Simonato L, Canova C, Agudo A, Castellsague X, Lowry R, Conway DI, McKinney PA, Healy CM, Toner ME, Znaor A, Curado MP, Koifman S, Menezes A, Wünsch-Filho V, Neto JE, Fernandez L, Boccia S, Cadoni G, Arzani D, Olshan AF, Weissler MC, Funkhouser WK, Luo J, Lubinski J, Trubicka J, Lener M, Oszutowska D, Schwartz SM, Chen C, Fish S, Doody DR, Muscat J, Lazarus P, Gallagher CJ, Chang S-C, Greenland S, Zhang Z-F, Wei Q, Sturgis EM, Wang L-E, Franceschi S, Herrero R, Kelsey KT, McClean MD, Marsit CJ, Nelson HH, Romkes M, Buch S, Nukui T, Zhong S, Lacko M, Manni JJ, Peters WHM, Hung RJ, McLaughlin J, Vatten L, Njølstad I, Goodman GE, Field JK, Liloglou T, Vineis P, Clavel-Chapelon F, Palli D, Tumino R, Krogh V, Panico S, Gonzalez CA, Quiros JR, Martinez C, Navarro C, Ardanaz E, Larranaga N, Khaw KT, Key T, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Peeters PHM, Trichopoulou A, Linseisen J, Boeing H, Hallmans G, Overvad K, Tjonneland A, Kumle M, Riboli E, Välk K, Vooder T, Metspalu A, Zelenika D, Boland A, Delepine M, Foglio M, Lechner D, Blanche H, Gut IG, Galan P, Heath S, Hashibe M, Hayes RB, Boffetta P, Lathrop M, Brennan P. A genome-wide association study of upper aerodigestive tract cancers conducted within the INHANCE consortium. PLoS Genetics. 2011;7(3):e1001333.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1001333
  • Mester B, Schmeißer N, Lünzmann H, Pohlabeln H, Langner I, Behrens T, Ahrens W. Development and evaluation of a tool for retrospective exposure assessment of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals and EMF in the car manufacturing industry. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 2011;55(7):736-751.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/mer023
  • Olsson AC, Gustavsson P, Kromhout H, Peters S, Vermeulen R, Brüske I, Pesch B, Siemiatycki J, Pintos J, Brüning T, Cassidy A, Wichmann H-E, Consonni D, Landi MT, Caporaso N, Plato N, Merletti F, Mirabelli D, Richiardi L, Jöckel K-H, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Lissowska J, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Zaridze D, Stücker I, Benhamou S, Bencko V, Foretova L, Janout V, Rudnai P, Fabianova E, Stanescu Dumitru R, Gross IM, Kendzia B, Forastiere F, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Brennan P, Boffetta P, Straif K. Exposure to diesel motor exhaust and lung cancer risk in a pooled analysis from case-control studies in Europe and Canada. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2011;183(7):941-948.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1164/rccm.201006-0940OC
  • Park SL, Lee Y-CA, Marron M, Agudo A, Ahrens W, Barzan L, Bencko V, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Canova C, Castellsague X, Conway DI, Healy CM, Holcátová I, Kjaerheim K, Lagiou P, Lowry RJ, Macfarlane TV, Macfarlane GJ, McCartan BE, McKinney PA, Merletti F, Pohlabeln H, Richiardi L, Simonato L, Sneddon L, Talamini R, Trichopoulos D, Znaor A, Brennan P, Hashibe M. The association between change in body mass index and upper aerodigestive tract cancers in the ARCAGE project: Multicenter case-control study. International Journal of Cancer. 2011;128(6):1449-1461.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.25468
  • Peplies J, Günther K, Bammann K, Fraterman A, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Vanaelst B, Marild S, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Influence of sample collection and pre-analytical sample processing on the analyses of biological markers in the European multicentre study IDEFICS. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S104-S112.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.41
  • Schmeißer N, Mester B, Behrens T, Gottlieb A, Langner I, Ahrens W. Local cluster of germ cell cancer in a cohort of male automotive workers in Germany not explained by previous or concurrent activities and exposures in farming and forestry. Cancer Epidemiology. 2011;35(1):73-77.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2010.06.019
  • Sioen I, Goemare S, Ahrens W, De Henauw S, De Vriendt T, Kaufman J-M, Ottevaere C, Roggen I, Swolin-Eide D, Tubic B, Vyncke K, Marild S, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. The relationship between pediatric calcaneal quantitative ultrasound measurements and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and DXA with laser (DXL) as well as body composition. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S125-S130.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.44
  • Stomfai S, Ahrens W, Bammann K, Kovács E, Marild S, Michels N, Moreno LA, Pohlabeln H, Siani A, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Molnar D, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Intra- and interobserver reliability in anthropometric measurements in children. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S45-S51.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.34
  • Suling M, Hebestreit A, Peplies J, Bammann K, Nappo A, Eiben G, Fernández-Alvira JM, Verbestel V, Kovács E, Pitsiladis Y, Veidebaum T, Hadjigeorgiou C, Knof K, Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Design and results of the pre-test of the IDEFICS study. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35(Suppl. 1):S30-S44.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2011.33
  • Zeeb H, Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Primärprävention: Konzepte und Strategien. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2011;54(3):265-271.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00103-010-1226-5
  • Agostini M, Ferro G, Olsson A, Burstyn I, De Vocht F, Hansen J, Funch Lassen C, Johansen C, Kjaerheim K, Langard S, Stücker I, Ahrens W, Behrens T, Lindbohm M-L, Heikkilä P, Heederik D, Portengen L, Shaham J, Boffetta P, Kromhout H. Exposure assessment for a nested case control study of lung cancer among European asphalt workers. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 2010;54(7):813-823.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/meq059
  • Behrens T, Kaerlev L, Cree I, Lutz J-M, Afonso N, Eriksson M, Guénel P, Merletti F, Morales-Suarez-Varela MM, Stengrevics A, Sabroe S, Cyr D, Llopis-González A, Gorini G, Sharkova G, Hardell L, Ahrens W. Hormonal exposures and the risk of uveal melanoma. Cancer Causes & Control. 2010;21(10):1625-1634.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10552-010-9591-9
  • Behrens T, Lynge E, Cree I, Sabroe S, Lutz J-M, Afonso N, Eriksson M, Guénel P, Merletti F, Morales-Suarez-Varela MM, Stengrevics A, Févotte J, Llopis-González A, Gorini G, Sharkova G, Hardell L, Ahrens W. Occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields and sex-differential risk of uveal melanoma. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010;67(11):751-759.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oem.2009.052225
  • Conway DI, McKinney PA, McMahon AD, Ahrens W, Schmeißer N, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Macfarlane GJ, Macfarlane TV, Lagiou P, Bencko V, Minaki P, Holcátová I, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Agudo A, Castellsague X, Talamini R, Barzan L, Canova C, Simonato L, Lowry R, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Marron M, Hashibe M, Brennan P. Socioeconomic factors associated with risk of upper aerodigestive tract cancer in Europe. European Journal of Cancer. 2010;46(3):588-598.
  • Lanfer A, Hebestreit A, Ahrens W. Einfluss der Ernährung und des Essverhaltens auf die Entwicklung der Adipositas bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2010;53(7):690-698.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00103-010-1086-z
  • Langner I, Schmeißer N, Mester B, Behrens T, Gottlieb A, Ahrens W. Case-control study of male germ cell tumors nested in a cohort of car manufacturing workers: Findings from the occupational history. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2010;53(10):1006-1018.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.20865
  • Macfarlane TV, Macfarlane GJ, Oliver RJ, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Ahrens W, Pohlabeln H, Lagiou P, Lagiou A, Castellsague X, Agudo A, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Slamova A, Schejbalova M, Canova C, Simonato L, Talamini R, Barzan L, Conway DI, McKinney PA, Znaor A, Lowry RJ, Thomson P, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Marron M, Hashibe M, Brennan P. The aetiology of upper aerodigestive tract cancers among young adults in Europe: The ARCAGE study. Cancer Causes & Control. 2010;21(12):2213-2221.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10552-010-9641-3
  • Olsson A, Kromhout H, Agostini M, Hansen J, Funch Lassen C, Johansen C, Kjaerheim K, Langard S, Stücker I, Ahrens W, Behrens T, Lindbohm M-L, Heikkilä P, Heederik D, Portengen L, Shaham J, Ferro G, De Vocht F, Burstyn I, Boffetta P. A case-control study of lung cancer nested in a cohort of European asphalt workers. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2010;118(10):1418-1424.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.0901800
  • Pigeot I, Buck C, Herrmann D, Ahrens W. Übergewicht und Adipositas bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Die weltweite Situation. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2010;53(7):653-665.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00103-010-1083-2
  • Pigeot I, De Henauw S, Foraita R, Jahn I, Ahrens W. Primary prevention from the epidemiology perspective: Three examples from the practice. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2010;10:10.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-10-10
  • Schmeißer N, Conway DI, McKinney PA, McMahon AD, Pohlabeln H, Marron M, Benhamou S, Bouchardy C, Macfarlane GJ, Macfarlane TV, Lagiou P, Lagiou A, Bencko V, Holcátová I, Merletti F, Richiardi L, Kjaerheim K, Agudo A, Talamini R, Polesel J, Canova C, Simonato L, Lowry RJ, Znaor A, Healy CM, McCartan BE, Hashibe M, Brennan P, Ahrens W. Life course social mobility and risk of upper aerodigestive tract cancer in men. European Journal of Epidemiology. 2010;25(3):173-182.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10654-010-9429-5
  • Schmeißer N, Kaerlev L, Bourdon-Raverdy N, Ganry O, Llopis-González A, Guénel P, Hardell L, Merletti F, Zambon P, Morales-Suarez-Varela MM, Olsen J, Olsson H, Vyberg M, Ahrens W. Occupational exposure to pesticides and bile tract carcinoma in men: Results from a European multicenter case-control study. Cancer Causes & Control. 2010;21(9):1493-1502.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10552-010-9578-6
  • Villeneuve S, Cyr D, Lynge E, Orsi L, Sabroe S, Merletti F, Gorini G, Morales-Suarez-Varela MM, Ahrens W, Baumgardt-Elms C, Karlaev L, Eriksson M, Hardell L, Févotte J, Guénel P. Occupation and occupational exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in male breast cancer: A case-control study in Europe. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010;67(12):837-844.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oem.2009.052175
  • Winkler S, Picó C, Ahrens W. Physiologische Mechanismen in der Entwicklung von Adipositas. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2010;53(7):681-689.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00103-010-1089-9
  • Editorials

  • Ahrens W. Die Epidemiologie körperlicher Aktivität - Welche Forschungslücken gilt es zu schließen? Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin. 2016;67(6):129-130.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5960/dzsm.2016.240
  • Books

  • Ahrens W, Pigeot I, editors, Handbook of epidemiology. 2nd edition. New York; Heidelberg; Dordrecht; London: Springer; 2014.
  • Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors, Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York: Springer; 2011.
  • Book chapters

  • Intemann T, Pohlabeln H, Herrmann D, Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Estimating age- and height-specific percentile curves for children using GAMLSS in the IDEFICS study. In: Wilhelm AF, Kestler HA, editors. Analysis of large and complex data. Studies in classification, data analysis, and knowledge organization. Baier, D.; Critchley, F.; Decker, R.; Diday, E.; Greenacre, M.; Lauro, C. N.; Meulman, J.; Monari, P.; Nishisato, S.; Ohsumi, N.; Opitz, O.; Ritter, G.; Schader, M., Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing; 2016. S. 385-394.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25226-1
  • Ahrens W, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Risk factors of childhood obesity: Lessons from the European IDEFICS study. In: Frelut M-L, editors. eBook on child and adolescent obesity. Brussels, Belgium: The European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG); 2015.
    http://ebook.ecog-obesity.eu
  • Ahrens W, Moreno LA, Pigeot I. Childhood obesity: Prevalence worldwide - Synthesis Part I. In: Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York, USA: Springer; 2011. S. 219-235.
  • Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W. Childhood obesity: Etiology - Synthesis Part II. In: Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York, USA: Springer; 2011. S. 483-492.
  • Pigeot I, Ahrens W, Moreno LA. Introduction. In: Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York, USA: Springer; 2011. S. 1-6.
  • Behrens T, Mester B, Ahrens W. Epidemiologische Evidenz in der Arbeitsmedizin. In: Hofmann F, Kralj N, editors. Handbuch der betriebsärztlichen Praxis. Grundlagen - Diagnostik - Organisation - Prävention - Rechtskommentare. 30. Ergänzungslieferung 4/10. Handbuch der betriebsärztlichen Praxis. Hofmann, Friedrich; Kralj, Nenad, München: ecomed Medizin; 2010. S. 1-16.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences (invited)

  • Ahrens W. Der Nutzen großer Kohortenstudien in Deutschland - Der Bremer Beitrag zur Nationalen Kohorte. 60. Biometrisches Kolloquium der Deutschen Region der Internationalen Biometrischen Gesellschaft (IBS-DR), 10.-13. März 2014, Bremen.
  • Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Eating and physical activity behaviors of young children in Europe - The IDEFICS study. Annual Meeting of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), 18-23 January 2013, Miami, USA.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferencec

  • Ahrens W, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Physical activity, bone health, obesity and metabolic disorders in children below the age of ten across Europe: The IDEFICS study. 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), IDEFICS-Symposium: "Physical Activity in Small Children - Assessment, Determinants, Health Outcomes and Methodological Challenges," 22-25 May 2013, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Foraita R, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, on behalf of the ARCAGE consortium. Different interaction concepts to detect gene-environment interactions in the context of upper aero-digestive tract cancer. "Prävention sozial und nachhaltig gestalten". Gemeinsamer Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozialmedizin und Prävention (DGSMP) und der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Soziologie (DGMS) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Medizinischen Dienst der Krankenversicherungen (MDK), 21.-23. September 2011, Bremen. (Abstract publiziert in: Das Gesundheitswesen. 2011;73(8/9):555)
  • Letters

  • Ahrens W, Merletti F, Mirabelli D. Biliary tract cancer in male printers and typesetters in the European rare cancer case-control study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014;71(8):591-592.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2014-102322
  • Behrens T, Mester B, Hense S, Ahrens W. Letter to the Editor: "Further potentially carcinogenic effects of chronodisruption" Re: "Shift work and cancer: The evidence and the challenge" by Erren et al. (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2010;107(38):657-662). Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. 2011;108(1-2):8.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.3238/arztebl.2011.0008a

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Prizes and awards

  • 1st Prize in Oral Communication modality in the area of Metabolism
    European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) (2018)
    Oral presentation "Trajectories of overweight and metabolic syndrome in the IDEFICS/I.Family cohort"
  • President's Award of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)
    European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) (2018)
    Outstanding Prevention Science Research Paper in the past year
  • Impact Award
    EU Project CommNet (2014)
    The I.Family Study: Inspiring young people
  • Best in class
    Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (2010)
    IDEFICS study

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