Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah

Hertz Chair "Innovation for Planetary Health"

Research professorship of the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Sustainable Futures" of the University of Bonn.

Transdisciplinary Research on Climate Change and Health

Ina Danquah is a nutrition scientist who has specialized in epidemiology. Since 2019, Danquah investigates the interactions between climate change, nutrition and health. She employs the concept of Sustainable Nutrition, including the features of healthfulness, climate- and environmental friendliness, cultural acceptability, and affordability. Danquah designs, implements and evaluates adaptation strategies against climate change impacts in the Global South, as well as climate change mitigation approaches in the nutrition sector that confer health co-benefits. As a nutrition epidemiologist, Danquah characterizes the dietary behavior of populations living in sub-Saharan Africa and migrant groups in Europe. She examines relationships with obesity and cardio-metabolic health and is interested in the interactions with undernutrition and infectious diseases.

As Hertz Chair at the University of Bonn, she will establish a prospective, multi-center cohort study in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate the interactions between climate change, nutrition and health; she will also build a global network of intervention studies for the development, implementation, and evaluation of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah

Hertz-Chair "Innovation for Planetary Health" in TRA Sustainable Futures

Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Genscherallee 3

D - 53113 Bonn

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The researcher has expertise in the fields of nutrition science, global health and epidemiology. In the Transdisciplinary Research Area “Sustainable Futures” and as director at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Danquah is carrying out research into a holistic concept focusing on a healthy environment, human health and the health of all living creatures on our planet. Danquah previously worked at Heidelberg University Hospital. She currently lives with her family in Stuttgart and commutes to Bonn. However, she is looking forward to moving near to the Rhine River in the near future. Ina Danquah was interviewed by Johannes Seiler.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2023 Hertz-Chair “Innovation for Planetary Health” in the Transdisciplinary Research Area Sustainable Futures and Director at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany)
  • 2020 Junior Professorship (W1) “Research into the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources”, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 2019 Research Group Leader “Climate Change, Nutrition and Health”, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 2017 Working Group Leader “Diabetes in African populations”, Molecular Epidemiology (MEP), German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), Nuthetal (Germany)
  • 2018 Habilitation in Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
  • 2016 Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London (UK)
  • 2011 Doctor rerum medicinalium (Dr. rer. medic.) in Tropical Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
  • 2007 Master of Science in Nutrition Science (Dipl. Ern.-wiss.), Potsdam University, Potsdam Germany and University of Ghana, Legon-Accra (Ghana)

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