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Prof. Neeltje van den Berg

Silke schmidt

Prof. Silke Schmidt

Prof. Astrid Bertsche

Prof. Jan Däbritz

Prof. Holger Lode

Kölch

Prof. Michael Kölch

Prof. Matthias Heckmann

Prof. Marc-Andre Weber

Prof. Wolfram Mittelmeier

Prof. Neeltje van den Berg

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Current position

Apl-Professor in the Institute for Community Medicine, Deputy head of the Department of Epidemiology of Healthcare and Community Health, Head of the Integrated Unit for Telemedicine (IFT).

Contact

Institute for Community Medicine, Department of Epidemiology of Healthcare and Community Health, 
Greifswald University Medical Center,
Ellernholzstraße 1-2, 17487 Greifswald

neeltje.vandenberg@uni-greifswald.de
http://www.community-medicine.de

Work experience

Neeltje van den Berg is an expert for innovative healthcare models and regional healthcare. She is PI and Co-PI of large projects in the field of eHealth and telemedicine and case-management. Characteristic about these projects is the joint development implementation of interventions and healthcare structure with clinicians of different health professions both in inpatient and outpatient healthcare. A further characteristic is a close cooperation with researchers in the field of medical informatics. The combination of health services research and medical informatics is a challenging and emerging research field.

Professional background

Neeltje van den Berg has a professional background in Geography. After her studies in Utrecht in the Netherlands she went to Greifswald to work scientifically in the field of geographic epidemiology. Since 2005, she works as a researcher in the Institute for Community Medicine. Here, she got an intensive training on epidemiology of healthcare and health services research. In 2008, she became head of the Integrated Unit for Telemedicine. In 2011, she became head of the research group Innovative Healthcare models and Regional Healthcare” and also Deputy head of the Department of Epidemiology of Healthcare and Community Health.

Research focus

Innovative healthcare concepts, distribution of tasks between different healthcare professions, health care services in rural regions, regional healthcare, telemedicine and ehealth

Prof. Silke Schmidt

Silke schmidt

Current position

Full Professor for Health and Prevention, Department Chair

Contact

University of Greifswald, Chair of Health and Prevention, Robert-Blum-Str. 13, 17487 Greifswald

https://psychologie.uni-greifswald.de   silke.schmidt@uni-greifswald.de

Work experience

Silke Schmidt and her working group at the Department of Health and Prevention focus on prevention research in various life, work and application fields. She has a strong focus in pediatric quality of life assessment extending this research to longitudinal perspectives (SCHM 2683/6-1, http://zerebralparese-studie.de/) and also focusing on the transition of services between pediatric and adult medicine. She has conducted interventional research in the transition area based on health psychological models (SCHM 2683/4-2) and on the introduction of patient and family needs into health psychology and health service research models. One of the foci of the Department of Health and Prevention is to conduct health psychology online interventions in populations at risk in their respective environments using ambulatory assessment methods and resource-oriented interventions promoting mental health in early adolescence

Professional background

Silke Schmidt is Professor of Health Psychology and Head of the Department Health and Prevention at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Greifswald. After finishing her psychology studies in Kiel in 1996, she was a research fellow at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University of Jena (doctorate in 2000). Afterwards, she was head of a research group on QoL telemedicine and health service research at the University Medicine Hamburg-Eppendorf (habilitation in 2006). Professor Schmidt has been consultant to the World Health Organization and is a member of many international research networks and associations. She has published extensively in more than 190 journals and books.

Research focus

Cross-cultural quality of life and well-being research, population needs and prevention, access and utilization of services, civil protection, the application of health psychology models in prevention science

Prof. Astrid Bertsche

Current position

Professor of Neuropaediatrics, Head of the Section of Neuropaediatrics, Deputy head of the Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Rostock University Medical Center

Contact

Rostock University Medical Center, Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Ernst Heydemann-Str. 8, 18057 Rostock

Astrid.Bertsche@med.uni-rostock.de

Work experience

Astrid Bertsche is an expert for drug therapy safety and social paediatric aspects in paediatric epileptology and developmental neurology. The focus of her work is on implementing tailored strategies for improvement of therapy and participation of patients and their families. This includes involvement of healthcare professionals of different fields such as physicians with different specialisations and at different sites, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and therapists. She also focusses on involving non-healthcare-professionals such as the patients themselves, families, healthy peers and teachers. She is Co-PI in large projects on drug therapy safety, participation of children with rare diseases and their families, and is involved in telemedicine projects.

Professional background

Astrid Bertsche is a paediatrician specialised in neuropaediatrics. After her medical studies in Bochum she got her paediatric training at the Charité in Berlin from 1999-2005. From 2005-2009 she trained as a neuropaediatrician and worked as a senior physician at Heidelberg University Hospital. From 2009-2010 she was senior physician at Essen University Hospital, from 2011-2017 senior physician at Leipzig University Hospital where she built up the new social paediactric centre. Since 2018 she is professor of neuropaediatrics at Rostock University. Since 2019 she is deputy head of the Hospital for Children and Adolescents.

Research focus

Drug therapy safety and social paediatric aspects in paediatric epileptology and developmental neurology. Neuroprotection of the immature brain and pathomechanisms of epilepsy.

Prof. Holger Lode

Current position

Professor and Chair of Pediatrics.

Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hermatology and Oncology, Greifswald University Medical Center

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Work experience

Prof. Lode is an expert in clinical and translational research in Pediatrics and is increasingly focusing on novel regional healthcare concepts. He is PI and Co-PI of projects in the field of telemedicine and its implementation in the care of pediatric patients with acute and chronic illnesses.

Professional background

Prof. Lode completed his undergraduate training in Medicine (1992) at the University of Tübingen and at Brown University (Providence, RI) and he received his M.D. summa cum laude in 1993. He was awarded a research fellowship of the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” in 1996 which he used for postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA in the area of tumor immunology. In 1999 he became a junior faculty member at Scripps. In 2000 he continued training in Pediatrics at the Charité, University Medicine Berlin. He was awarded an “Emmy-Noether” program by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” with focus on immunotherapy. He is board certified pediatrician and holds two subspecialties in pediatric hematology/oncology and in pediatric intensive care. Since 2002 he is driving the clinical development of a monoclonal antibody for immunotherapy in pediatric oncology and currently leading two multicenter international clinical trials. With the pivotal trial conducted at his institution the antibody received marketing approval in the EU in May 2017. He published over 120 full papers of which >90% are devoted to translational and clinical research (h-index 40; Citations 4666; cumulative impact-factor: 689,936). He holds three patents on new drugs and concepts for cancer immunotherapy and received numerous prizes and awards

Research focus

Pediatric healthcare, translational research, clinical trials, telemedicine

Prof. Jan Däbritz

Current position

Professor of Pediatrics

Director Department of Pediatrics; Clinical Area Head Pediatric Gastroenterology; Research Group Head Mucosal Immunology, Rostock University Medical Center

Honorary Professor Queen Mary University of London

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Work experience

Prof. Däbritz is an expert for pediatric gastroenterology and pediatrics. He has been and is PI and Co-PI of research projects in the field of inflammatory bowel diseases involving transition medicine, patient empowerment and telemedicine. The focus of his interdisciplinary research is to improve the quality of health care in children and adolescents, especially with chronic bowel diseases. A particular emphasis currently is to define the specific advantageous of a structured transition process/program into adult health care. A second focus area is the development and implementation of eHealth/telemedicine approaches and the non-invasive disease monitoring and prediction /early detection of disease relapses. Translational research endeavors involve research projects involving basic science (immunity, epigenetics, microbiome, metabolism), disease/animal models and clinical trials/studies.

Professional background

Prof. Däbritz completed his medical studies and MD at the Charité Medical School, Berlin. He trained in general pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology and clinical nutrition and received post-doctoral training in mucosal immunology at the University Hospital in Münster. He received a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, where he also undertook translational research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute on the endogenous regulation of inflammation in IBD. He has been Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Deputy Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Rostock until 2018, before he became Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Rostock in 2019. He is also Honorary Professor at the Queen Mary University of London, UK, since 2016

Research focus

Pediatrics, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn’s Disease, Telemedicine, Transition Medicine, Nutrition, Biomarker, Mucosal Immunology, Innate Immunity

Prof. Michael Kölch

Current position

Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Rostock University Medical Center

Full Professor (W3)

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Work experience

Prof. Michael Kölch is an expert in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychopathological trajectories in child development. He was PI/Co-PI in several BMBF/EU-founded multi-center trials (e.g. ADOPT, STAR, Delight, PERS) investigating diagnostics and course of mental disorders in childhood. Special focus of MK research is on children at risk/with a history of ACE, e.g. children in institutional care/ of parents with mental disorder, with early onset of depression. He uses a multimodal research approach, combining epidemiological, interventional and experimental research methods.

Professional background

Michael Kölch is a certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He worked scientifically and clinically at Charité, Univ. Hospital of Ulm and Medical School Brandenburg before moving to Rostock University Medical Center in 2019.

Research focus

At risk populations for psychiatric disorders in childhood (e.g. children of mentally ill parents/ in youth welfare system), short & long-term effects of childhood adversities, psychotherapeutic/social/pharmacotherapeutic treatments in children, affective disorders, participation and ethics

Prof. Matthias Heckmann

Current position

Professorship (W3) and Chief Physician for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care, Children’s Hospital, Greifswald University Medicine, Germany 

Work experience

Matthias Heckmann is an expert for birth cohort studies and adrenal steroid metabolism in critical illness. In Greifswald, he is PI of the birth cohort studies `Survey of Neonates in Pomerania SNiP I and II´ which are integrated in the Research Association Community Medicine. He realized the Follow-Up of SNiP-I-Baseline (2002-2008, n=5600) and established a second birth cohort SNiP-II (2013-2017, n=3500 at baseline) with currently ongoing Follow-Up. Database and Biobanking of SNiP-II was completely revised and improved. He established laboratory research on neuroprotective effects of sex steroids in the immature brain and conduct studies on neonatal immune system in close cooperation with the Group for Experimental Neuroimmunology of the Department of Neurology.

Professional background

Matthias Heckmann has a professional background in Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Pediatric Pulmonology. After his studies in Münster, he was trained in Pediatrics with a focus on Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive care and clinical research at the University Hospitals in Ulm and Gießen. Since 2012, he has the Professorship (W3) for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care, Children’s Hospital, University Medicine Greifswald

Research focus

Birth Cohort Studies `Survey of Neonates in Pomerania I and II´ (epidemiology), Adrenal steroid metabolism in critical illness, Neuroprotective effects of sex steroids in the immature brain (laboratory research)

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Prof. Marc-André Weber

Current position

Full Professor of Radiology and Chairman of the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology, Rostock University Medical Center

Work experience

Marc-André Weber is an expert for radiology and neuroradiology, holds among others European diplomas in Neuroradiology, Emergency Radiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology as well as national expert levels in interventional radiology, cardiac radiology, urogenital radiology and ultrasonography. He is author and co-author of more than 350 publications in refereed scientific journals and I have been author and co-author of more than 40 books and book chapters. He is involved in various activities in national and European scientific associations and educational as well as research projects. He has been awarded with several national and international research awards, among other the Eva Luise Köhler scientific award for rare diseases 2010 and the 1st prize of the Felix-Jerusalem award 2006.

Professional background

Marc-André Weber has a professional background in medicine and healthcare management. After his studies in Marburg / Germany, he went to Heidelberg to start his radiology training in the German Cancer Research Center and later on the University Hospital Heidelberg. In 2007, he received the assistant professorship (venia legendi) and in 2010 the associate professorship at Heidelberg University. He was appointed as vice-chairman of the Clinic of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Heidelberg in March 2015. Starting from September 2017 he became full professor and chairman of the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University Medical Center Rostock.

Research focus

Musculoskeletal radiology, functional magnetic resonance imaging, functional ultrasound, whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in large cohorts, neuroradiology, interventional radiology

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Prof. Wolfram Mittelmeier

Current position

Chair of the hospital including a biomechanical laboratory (ForBioMIT) and a clinical research group, Rostock University Medical Center

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Work experience

Wolfram Mittelmeier is an expert for biomechanical research and quality management in applications of medical devices.

He has a 30 years-experience in pediatric orthopaedics including a high number of operative cases of correction operations in childrens lower extremities. He is the leader of a team of 4 paediatric surgeons screening and treating more than 2.600 childrens per year in Rostock and north-east-germany. He coordinated different clinical multicenter studies. He is especially experienced as teacher for orthopaedic technicians. Recently he is the president of the German Association for the supply of medical aids / DGIHV. He is the founder of the german quality management project EndoCert (since 2012) including algorithms and nationwide evaluation of SOPs recently established in 530 hospitals in Germany.

Professional background

Wolfram Mittelmeier studied medicine in Leuven/Belgium, Gießen and Homburg. He was educated in orthopaedics and traumatology at the universities in Homburg, Erlangen and Lübeck included education in paediatric orthopaedics since 1990. Further steps: Vice chair in the Orthop. Univ. hospital / Univ. of Lübeck 1996, and from 1997 vice chair of Orthop. Univ. hospital / Technical University of Munich (TUM), 1999 PhD and assistant professor / TUM. Chair, hospital chair and professor for orthopaedics at the University of Rostock since 10/2003. He was coordinator / vice chair of 2 large multicenter research projects in Bavaria / south Germany (grant of Bavarian research foundation), BMBF project HiC@re together with Universitätsmedizin Greifswald UMG and of the interdisciplinary educational project “Graduiertenkolleg” WELISA.

Recently the Biomechanical Lab. Of the hospital (leader Prof.Dr.med.Dipl.-Ing.R. Bader) is one of the main project leaders in the recent interdisciplinary research grant  “SFB” project ELAINE of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Research focus

Innovative interdisciplinary healthcare quality management/ nationwide and regional. Applied Biomechanical research including supply of medical aids.

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