Arbeitsgruppe Public Health Nutrition
Tilman Kühn holds the professorship in Public Health Nutrition (§ 98) jointly established by MedUni Vienna and the University of Vienna. At MedUni Vienna, the nutritionist and epidemiologist from Heidelberg is assigned to the Centre for Public Health. His work focuses on nutrition-related aspects of public health.
Tilman Kühn focuses on the prevention of diet-related diseases (with an emphasis on obesity and cancer) and plant-based diets. With his joint professorship in Public Health Nutrition at MedUni Vienna and the University of Vienna, Kühn covers a comparatively young discipline that draws on parts of public health and nutritional sciences and in particular encompasses the social, economic and political contexts that affect the lives of certain population groups and thus promote the development of diet-related diseases.
"The consideration of nutrition as an important determinant of individual health is fundamentally changing under the impact of climate and environmental crises," says Kühn. "Not least the 2019 EAT-Lancet Commission report shows that more plant-based diets are co-critical to achieving the 1.5 degree target from the Paris Agreement. Our research is therefore aimed at better understanding the health aspects of more plant-based diets. Besides, the main focus is on the prevention of chronic diseases through nutritional interventions in ageing societies."
About Tilman Kühn
Following his diploma studies in nutritional sciences at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Tilman Kühn completed a Master's degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda by 2010. Three years of research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg were followed by a summa cum laude PhD in epidemiology in 2014 and a teaching position at the Faculty of Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital, which Kühn held until his appointment in Vienna, along with other positions in the UK, for example. He completed his habilitation in epidemiology in 2020.