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Prof. Dr. Elke Schäffner, MSc

Deputy Director Institute of Public Health

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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Luisenstrasse 57

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Renal Epidemiology: Berlin Initiative Study (BIS)

Vita Prof. Dr. Elke Schäffner, MSc

  Professional Career
2022 -  Endowed W3 Professorship for Nephrology and Health Care Research, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2022 - Member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD)
2017 - Deputy Director, Institut of Public Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2015 - Professor for Public Health/Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2014 - Appointment W2-Professorship for Public Health/Epidemiology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2013 - Co-Director Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin
2009- Principal Investigator "Berliner Initiative Studie (BIS)", Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in older adults (>70 years)
2008 Habilitation Internal Medicine
2004 - 2015 Research assistant, Department of Nephrology and Intensive care Medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2002 Chief Resident, Department of Nephrology, Universität Freiburg
1999 – 2003 Resident, Department of Nephrology, Universität Freiburg
1999 - 2003 Resident at Zentrum Klinische Studien (ZKS), Universität Freiburg
1995 Doctoral Degree, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
2007 Specialization in Nephrology
2005 Specialization in Internal Medicine
2002 Master of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
1999 Approbation, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
1998 United States Medical Licensing Examination I/II
1997 Graduation from Medical School, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
1990 Graduation from High School

Functions / offices


  • 2016-, Expert for the legislative procedure for a German Transplant Registry
  • 2016-, Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Country Investigator
  • 2015, Jury-Member INSERM Evaluation of the Public Health Research Center, University of Bordeaux
  • 2015, External member PhD thesis "Kidney function in the elderly" by Karin Werner, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2013, External member PhD Jury "The diagnosis and outcome of chronic kidney disease in older persons" by Gijs van Pottelbergh; K.U. Leuven, Dpt. of Public Health and Primary Care
  • 2010 Steering Committee member of German CKD Study
  • 2010 Steering Committee member of KfH-funded network of cohort studies
  • 2006-2009, Member of ERA-EDTA working group on coding and definitions of primary renal diseases


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nephrologie
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • European Dialysis and Transplant Association
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • European CKD burden consortium
  • CKD Prognosis Consortium
  • International Network of Chronic Kidney Disease Cohort Studies (iNET CKD)




Research profile