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Burden of disease

A central research focus of AG 2 is the examination and application of methods for the quantification of disease loads, the so-called "Burden of Disease" studies. In addition to the critical analysis of the available burden of disease methods, which have been developed especially for the "Global Burden of Disease" studies, the AG 2 carries out its own calculations of the disease burden for different subject areas and regions using secondary data and various measures.

These data are used to identify trends in the health status of populations and to make projections. These developments are associated with the distribution of risk factors and protective factors in the population. Mathematical and epidemiological models are used to test the effectiveness of specific intervention scenarios to reduce the burden of disease. Researchers in the AG 2 are collaborators in various studies of the Global Burden of Disease Study.

In the past, megacities have carried out projects to estimate the burden of disease in China and Bangladesh. More sophisticated global estimates based on advanced burden of disease methods have also been carried out for infectious diseases in Europe. In another EU project (SIDARTHa), the AG 2 was concerned with the development of a system for syndromic surveillance (funded by DG SANCO). This project, which involved numerous European partners, aimed at establishing a surveillance system for syndromes based on routine emergency data in order to detect health risks prior to the actual diagnosis.

News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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29 October 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
"What is the evidence on availability and integration of refugee and migrant health data in health information systems in the WHO European Region?"
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18 September 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (AG 3):
Negotiating Access to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany"
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12 August 2019
Niemand flieht aus Aleppo, um sich die Zähne machen zu lassen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.
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05 August 2019
New paper in cooperation with the University Hospital Heidelberg published in "BMJ Global Health":
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15 July 2019
New paper from the RESPOND project published in "Emerging Themes in Epidemiology":
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05 July 2019
New DFG Research Group on Refugee Migration and Health Inequalities:
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14 June 2019
New publication from the PRICARE project published in the Bundesgesundheitsblatt:
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28 May 2019
AG 2 attends a workshop of the RESPOND project in Heidelberg:
Medical care of asylum seekers in reception centers

27 May 2019
New WHO Compendium with the participation of Prof. Bozorgmehr
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15 April 2019
New staff in the AG 2: Ms. Victoria Saint (MMedSc) and Mr. Amir Mohsenpour (medical doctor) have joined the team.

01 March 2019
Warm welcome:
In March, Prof. Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr takes over as head of the AG 2 department Population Medicine and Health Services Research


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