The German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU) is a leading centre in metabolomics and population-based epidemiology. As Europe’s leading research centre focused on environmental health, the HMGU investigates chronic and complex diseases at the interface of health and environment; they aim to promote the application of future medicine and to develop new, personalized approaches of prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

The Research Unit Analytical Biogeochemsitry (BGC) at HMGU offers expertise in analytical approaches across specific microsampling techniques, sample preparations, to structural analyses and statistical data post-analyses. Our non-targeted and targeted metabolomics tools applying modern analytical techniques cover high chemical diversity and enable discover new important biomarkers in environmental and life sciences studies.

The Genome Analysis Center (GAC) is a division of the Institute for Experimental Genetics of the HMGU specialized in omics approaches to complex diseases. It serves as a multi-functional research platform and a resources centre. The GAC actively contributes to a number of large-scale functional genomics projects.

The Research Unit of Molecular Epidemiology (AME) is a division of the Institute of Epidemiology II and part of the Genome Analysis Center. Within sysVASC, the AME will do mathematical modelling complex metabolomic datasets from the KORA study, a large population based cohort.

Within sysVASC, the HMGU will contribute metabolomic and GWAS datasets, samples from large population based cohorts, non-targeted metabolomics analyses, mathematical modelling of complex datasets, and analysis of epidemiological datasets.

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Prof. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin 

Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin offers leading expertise in the description of complex systems in biology and organic geochemistry. He is specialized in analytical chemistry for organic and metallo-organic materials. Since 2009, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin is the department leader for BioGeoChemistry and Analytics at the HMGU and holds a permanent position as BioGeomics group leader at the Institute for Environmental Chemistry in Germany.

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