Since October of 2013, Elke Schäffner has served as codirector of the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin; she is also a nephrologist, epidemiologist and deputy head of the Institute of Public Health at the Charité Berlin.
In addition to her specialist medical training in internal medicine and nephrology she has also received a Master in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA).
Her main scientific interest focuses on the area of kidney epidemiology, with a particular emphasis on elderly patients. Her scientific work ranges from questions pertaining to the impact of the ageing process on kidney function, to the issue of health research in an ageing society.
She is the academic director of the Berlin Initiative Study (“BIS”), a cohort of the elderly established in 2009 that examines chronic kidney disease, in addition to concomitant diseases emerging in the elderly.