Annette Peters directs the Institute of Epidemiology II at the Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany. She studied biology, mathematics and epidemiology at the Universities in Konstanz and Tübingen, Germany as well as at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA. She has pioneered work identifying the link between ambient particulate matter and cardiovascular disease exacerbation. Furthermore, she was among the first examining the role of ultrafine particles in epidemiological studies. Today, she heads the population-based KORA cohort initiated in the mid-eighties in Augsburg and continues to expand its research portfolio addressing the role of environmental factors on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She was the president of the ISEE in 2012 and 2013. Since 2014, she is a principal investigator of the German National Cohort, responsible for the building of the central biorepository of the study and since 2015 member of the board of directors. Her research interest is to integrate the assessment of environmental exposures with chronic disease epidemiology and biomedical approaches utilizing high throughput technologies such as whole genome-wide methylation or metabolomics. She has severed on numerous scientific panels and expert groups including the group drafting the global guidelines on air pollution published in 2005 by the World Health Organization, a panel advising the International Olympic Committee during the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and chairing a grant panel of the European Research Council. She teaches as an adjunct associated professor at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München, Germany and at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA.
Foto: Michael Haggenmüller/ Helmholtz Zentrum München.