Current projects

BMBF grant „Epidemiology of sleep characteristics, cardiovascular diseases and kidney function“

For the period August 2017 to July 2020, the CCE works on a research program entitled “Epidemiology of sleep characteristics, cardiovascular diseases and kidney function” (BMBF grant 01ER1704, sum 943,881 €).

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SOEP innovation panel: Sleep
The CCE studies causes of daytime napping and sleep hygiene based on the innovation panel of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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National Cohort: Sleep
The CCE plus some other scientists is responsible for the assessment of sleep characteristic in the National Cohort (

The team has developed the sleep assessment for the National Cohort and is responsible for the quality control of the sleep assessment in the National Cohort.
Among others, new algorithms for the analysis of actigraphy data will be developed.
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G-BA innovation fund „Evaluation of skin cancer screenings of AOK-insured persons in Germany“

For the period June 2019 to March 2021, the CCE - in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen Medical Management Faculty and the AOK Research Institute WIdO - works on a research program regarding the „Evaluation of skin cancer screenings of AOK-insured persons in Germany“ (grant: 346.171 €).

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Testicular cancer research
Dr. Stang has done epidemiologic research on testicular cancer since 1996. Currently, his team is doing a high resolution study on the incidence of germ cell cancers together with the cancer registry of North-Rhine Westphalia.

Methodological research on NHST
The CCE conducts projects related to null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) in biomedical research. The projects try to give overviews of the many pitfalls associated with NHST. Furthermore, solutions to get out of the NHST fallacy are promoted by several research acitivites.
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PRODAST: Prospective Record Of the use of Dabigatran in patients with Acute Stroke or TIA
In conjunction with the department of neurology of the university medical centre
(PI: Prof. Diener) and the centre for clincal studies (ZKSE) in Essen the ZKE is involved in planning and evaluation of a german wide observational study that will comprise about 10.000 patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation hospitalized with acute stroke or TIA. The study evaluates the incidence rates for severe bleeding and recurrent stroke during a 3-months follow-up after discharge with regard to different strategies for secondary prevention.
Special interest is to find the best point in time to start a treatment with a new oral anticoagulant (NOAC).

Epidemiology of chronic kidney diseases

In cooperation with KfH-Stiftung Präventivmedizin data from several actual cohort studies including patients with and without chronic kidney disease shall be pooled and evaluated regarding risk factors for developing a renal insufficiency and for its

progression. This project will be generate important insights into sex and age specific factors influencing the onset of the various types of renal diseases and/or the  further deterioration of the kidney function.