Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Schäffner, MSc

Deputy Director Institute of Public Health

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Campus / internal address:
Luisenstrasse 57

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Renal Epidemiology: Berlin Initiative Study (BIS)

Vita Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Schäffner, MSc

Professional Career
2017 -Deputy Director, Institut of Public Health, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin
2015 -Professor for Public Health/Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, 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)
2004 - 2015Research assistant, Department of Nephrology and Intensive care Medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2002Chief Resident, Department of Nephrology, Universität Freiburg
1999 – 2003Resident, Department of Nephrology, Universität Freiburg
1999 - 2003

Resident at Zentrum Klinische Studien (ZKS), Universität Freiburg


2014Appointment W2-Professorship for Public Health/Epidemiology, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin
2008Habilitation Internal Medicine
2007Specialization in Nephrology
2005Specialization in Internal Medicine
2002Master of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
1998United States Medical Licensing Examination I/II
1999Approbation, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
1997Graduation from Medical School, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
1995Doctoral Degree, Albert - Ludwigs - Universität Freiburg
1990Graduation 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