Institution German Cancer Research Center
Contacts h.brenner@dkfz-heidelberg.de

Prof. Brenner is the head of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research and the acting head of the Division of Preventive Oncology at the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz). Also, he is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Heidelberg.
After completing his MD at the University of Tübingen in 1985, Prof. Brenner was granted a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
At the dkfz, Prof. Brenner’s main research focus is on cancer, prevention, early detection, screening, risk stratification, prognosis, and clinical epidemiology. Within the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research, he is the principal investigator of several large population-based epidemiological studies, including the DACHS-study and the ESTHER-study.
The population-based DACHS-study is one of the largest case-control-studies on colorectal cancer patients worldwide, currently including 5000 colorectal cancer patients and controls. The study was designed to contribute to further improvement of screening programs for colorectal cancer. Patients are followed-up for up to 10 years after diagnosis colorectal cancer.
The population-based  ESTHER-study was initiated to optimize screening, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, like cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Currently, the ESTHER study has close to 10.000 participants, with a present follow-up time of eleven years.
Both studies have contributed to national and international consortia like the IMPACT consortium and the CHANCES consortium as well as to clinical practice in screening and prevention.
Apart from being the principal investigator of numerous large-scale epidemiological studies, Prof. Brenner is actively involved in the developments of European and national  cancer screening guidelines, and in the development of recommendations within the German National Cancer Plan.

Work Groups:
Harmonization of research tools (wg1)