Longitudinal Cohorts in Healthy Ageing and Disease Prevention

11–12 October, 2023, IMB Mainz

Ageing is a complex process that manifests on multiple levels ranging from cells to the whole organism. It is the primary risk factor for many incurable, long-term illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration. Many age-related diseases manifest as multimorbidities with presumably common molecular underpinnings. Understanding the common molecular mechanisms that underlie the ageing process is therefore imperative to develop improved treatments that are effective against multiple age-related diseases. Longitudinal cohort studies enable the study of ageing on a systemic level over time and allow the identification of predictors of health decline.

This 1.5-day workshop brings together international experts to discuss recent advances in the analysis of longitudinal cohorts and their implications in clinical interventions to tackle ageing and age-related diseases.

Session topics will focus on the epigenomics of ageing, molecular and genetic causes of multimorbidity, advanced computational methods for cohort analysis and environmental effects on healthy ageing and age-related disease.

More information can be found here on the Institute of Molecular Biology's website.


Scientific Organizers: 

Annette Peters, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Munich

Philipp Wild, Coordinator Gutenberg Health Study, Head of Clinical Epidemiology and Systems Medicine UMC Mainz

Christof Niehrs, Founding and Scientific Director, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz

Scientific Director: 

Peter Baumann, Johannes Gutenberg University & Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz


  • Ilaria Bellantuono, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Stefan Blankenberg, University Heart Center, Hamburg, Germany
  • Monique Breteler, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Handan Melike Dönertaş, Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute Jena, Germany
  • Kyle Gaulton, University of San Diego, USA
  • Jonathan Marchini, Regeneron, USA
  • Patricia Munroe, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Tim Nawrot, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Heiko Runz, Biogen Inc., USA
  • Marcus Scholz, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Siddhartha Jaiswal, Stanford, USA
  • Kari Stefansson, deCODE genetics, Iceland
  • Barbara Thorand, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich & Helmholtz Munich, Germany
  • Henry Völzke, University of Greifswald, Germany