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Tilman Kuhn


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Projects in nutritional epidemiology and preventive nutrition from biomarker studies to intervention trials. Different topics on the role of diet in the prevention of chronic diseases possible, depending on personal interests and skills. MSc, MD, or PhD candidates very welcome, please get in touch for more details. Collaborations with European partners, particularly the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health in Heidelberg, Germany, are an option (


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Research Focus

For my research I am using epidemiological studies including cohorts and dietary intervention trials. I am interested in nutritional epidemiology and preventive nutrition, with a focus on cancer and cardio-metabolic diseases. Further specific topics I am working on at the moment are intermittent fasting, plant-based diets, body composition and metabolic health, or nutritional support for cancer patients.

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Research Output

Differences in Bone Mineral Density between Adult Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians Become Marginal when Accounting for Differences in Anthropometric Factors

Karavasiloglou, N., Selinger, E., Gojda, J., Rohrmann, S. & Kühn, T., May 2020, In : The Journal of Nutrition. 150, 5, p. 1266–1271

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Adherence to the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research cancer prevention recommendations and risk of in situ breast cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort

    Karavasiloglou, N., Hüsing, A., Masala, G., van Gils, C. H., Turzanski Fortner, R., Chang-Claude, J., Huybrechts, I., Weiderpass, E., Gunter, M., Arveux, P., Fournier, A., Kvaskoff, M., Tjønneland, A., Kyrø, C., Dahm, C. C., Vistisen, H. T., Bakker, M. F., Sánchez, M-J., Chirlaque López, M. D., Santiuste, C. & 25 others, Ardanaz, E., Menéndez, V., Agudo, A., Trichopoulou, A., Karakatsani, A., La Vecchia, C., Peppa, E., Palli, D., Agnoli, C., Panico, S., Tumino, R., Sacerdote, C., Butt, S. T., Borgquist, S., Skeie, G., Schulze, M., Key, T., Khaw, K-T., Tsilidis, K. K., Ellingjord-Dale, M., Riboli, E., Kaaks, R., Dossus, L., Rohrmann, S. & Kühn, T., 02 Dec 2019, In : BMC Medicine. 17, 1, p. 221

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Pre-diagnostic plasma bile acid levels and colon cancer risk: A prospective study

    Kühn, T., Stepien, M., López-Nogueroles, M., Machado, A. D., Sookthai, D., Johnson, T., Roca, M., Hüsing, A., Maldonado, S. G., Cross, A. J., Murphy, N., Freisling, H., Rinaldi, S., Scalbert, A., Fedirco, V., Severi, G., Boutron-Ruault, M-C., Mancini, F. R., Sowah, S. A., Boeing, H. & 24 others, Jakszyn, P., Sánchez, M-J., Merino, S., Colorado-Yohar, S., Barricarte, A., Khaw, K. T., Schmidt, J. A., Perez-Cornago, A., Trichopoulou, A., Karakatsani, A., Thriskos, P., Palli, D., Agnoli, C., Tumino, R., Sacerdote, C., Panico, S., Bueno-de-Mesquita, B., van Gils, C. H., Heath, A., Gunter, M. J., Riboli, E., Lahoz, A., Jenab, M. & Kaaks, R., 21 Aug 2019, In : Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Biomarkers of Vascular Injury and Type 2 Diabetes: A Prospective Study, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Pletsch-Borba, L., Watzinger, C., Turzanski Fortner, R., Katzke, V., Schwingshackl, L., Sowah, S. A., Hüsing, A., Johnson, T., Groß, M-L., González Maldonado, S., Hoffmeister, M., Bugert, P., Kaaks, R., Grafetstätter, M. & Kühn, T., 27 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 12

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
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    Changes in Plasma Short-Chain Fatty Acid Levels after Dietary Weight Loss Among Overweight and Obese Adults over 50 Weeks

    Sowah, S. A., Hirche, F., Milanese, A., Johnson, T. S., Grafetstätter, M., Schübel, R., Kirsten, R., Ulrich, C. M., Kaaks, R., Zeller, G., Kühn, T. & Stangl, G. I., 11 Feb 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 2, 13 p., 452.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access