People

The German Alliance for Global Health Research is a network of global health research experts working at German universities and research institutions.

Global Health Research Directory

Browse our database of Global Health research experts

The Global Health Research Directory is our database of members and associate members. It aims to help researchers, policy-makers, industry experts, civil society organisations, students and other interested target groups to identify and contact global health research experts from Germany and beyond.

Global Health Research Directory

Member Gallery

See some examples of how our members contribute to global health

Annette Abraham, Technical University of Munich

"Human and animal health in their shared environment are interconnected. Neurocysticercosis, caused by the pork tapeworm Taenia solium, is one example for this One Health perspective. My colleagues and I are contributing through evidence-based treatment guidelines, diagnostic tool developments, epidemiological and clinical data acquisition and capacity building in Africa to improved diagnosis, treatment and control of this possibly eradicable disease."

On behalf of the Center for Global Health (AG Prof. Winkler), Technical University of Munich, CYSTINET-Africa and The Lancet One Health Commission

Jennifer Bencivenga, Berlin Institute of Health

"Leveraging the digital revolution in Africa, our team developed and launched mTOMADY - a mobile phone-based platform for financial inclusion in healthcare.

We used human-centered design research to develop our solution, and are now conducting randomized controlled trials on it’s impact and value. This research will contribute insights to the global health field that can inform digital interventions for resource-poor communities."

Veronica Briesemeister, Robert Koch Institute

"As a result of current worldwide travel restrictions, the Robert Koch Institute developed a series of online training tools for the diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2. The open-source material, available in English, French, and Spanish, includes protocols, movie clips, and presentations.

A starter pack including all necessary reagents was shared with partner laboratories, allowing users to work independently."

Prof. Dr. Mizeck Chagunda, Professor and Chair Animal Breeding and Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim

Focus:  Agriculture, nutrition, and health

Research: Mizeck’s research focuses on developing livestock systems that are efficient, sustainable, and those that protect the environment while contributing to human food- and nutritional security for a healthy future. Most recently, his research has informed animal breeding and husbandry practices that improve productivity, reduce disease and produce wholesome products while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from ruminants in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Which historical figure would you invite to dinner? I would invite one of the three ladies whose contribution to science was recently featured in the movie, “Hidden Figures”. Katherine Johnson, the American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics at NASA were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

Karin Geffert & Peter von Philipsborn, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich

"Our team analyzed the current policy situation in Germany regarding a healthy food environment. A comparison with international best practice shows room for improvement, especially concerning the regulation of food promotion and the implementation of nutrition standards. These results may help politicians to make decisions for a better, healthier and more sustainable food environment in a global context."

Dr. Antje Hebestreit, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Bremen & Prof. Sørge Kelm, University of Bremen

"Our research in Zanzibar confirmed that early undernutrition is followed by adult overweight increasing the NCDs risk among Zanzibari. The results helped to bring this Double Burden of Malnutrition into political debate and the scientific discourse resulted in the development of a new curriculum at the State University Zanzibar to prepare health professionals for the projected obesity and NCD rise."

Relevant publications: Nyangasa et al. 2019, Brackmann et al. 2019

Felix Holl, Research Associate at the DigiHealth Research Group Institute, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences; PhD candidate, LMU Munich

Focus:  Medical informatics, global health informatics, e-health, information management, telemedicine
Research: Felix uses mHealth applications and health informatics to improve both health care access and services. His current work at DigiHealth examines the status and potential of digitalization in health care. He is an advocate for the field of Global Health Informatics. This work is complemented by his doctoral studies in medical informatics.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? To try to be mindful of the situation you are in and not be preoccupied with other things. It’s easy to get distracted by messages buzzing in your phone during a meeting, especially during the current online meeting era. But giving the person you’re interacting with the full attention improves professional and personal relationships and leads to better outcomes.

Prof. Dr. med. Felix Knauf & Rebecca Ingenhoff, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

“Our work contributed to the detection and care of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in rural Uganda. We successfully established a community health worker-based NCD primary care system.

This project underlines the importance of including chronic diseases in global health research. In addition, we placed emphasis on patient-centered education as a key in raising awareness towards NCD prevention.”

Relevant publication: Siddharthan et al. 2016

Prof. Dr. Mike Mösko, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

“Linguistically diverse patients have the right to participate in high quality healthcare; qualified interpreters are needed.

Based on a nationwide consensus process our research group developed quality standards and minimum requirements for the qualification of interpreters in Germany and are currently evaluating the BetweenLanguages training program. To promote integration of qualified interpreters we also developed educational films for professionals.”

Prof. Dr. Eva Rehfuess, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich

"As a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Based Public Health, we provide support towards the development of WHO guidelines on public health questions.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been conducting rapid reviews to investigate the effectiveness of travel restrictions, school measures and other interventions. Our work enables evidence-based decisions in challenging times."

Dr. med. Kerstin Sell, Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich

"We’re part of CEBHA+, which focuses on non-communicable diseases and integrated knowledge translation (IKT). By engaging decisionmakers throughout the research process - for example supporting Ugandan partners in collaborating with the local police to update their crash data system - we’re conducting research that is applicable and relevant for Sub-Saharan Africa. We evaluate this IKT approach to understand what works."

Together with Dr. Lisa Pfadenhauer, Jacob Burns, Prof. Eva Rehfuess, LMU Munich, Pettenkofer School of Public Health

View on Twitter

Dr. George Soultoukis, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE)

"Our team at DIfE will analyze the changes of the transcriptional architecture of the long bone tibia as a function of gender, diet, and age to generate a stimulus-dependent 3D-Bone Atlas of gene expression. Our research will unify principles from Nutritional Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Spatial Bioinformatics for a freely available online tool that will inspire basic and clinical research follow-up studies!"

Prof. Dr. Thirumalaisamy P. Velavan, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen

"Hepatitis E virus infections (HEV) are transmitted by faecal-oral route and by zoonosis in developing and developed countries respectively. Our studies found that 10% of commercial pork meat products in Germany are contaminated with HEV and high HEV seroprevalence among occupationally exposed in Vietnam, indicating a significant risk of HEV infection globally by exposure and by food consumption."

Relevant publications: Pallerla et al. 2020, Hoan et al. 2019