Prof. Dr. Lisa Berkman | Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Work, family and health: a comparison of the American and European experiences


Professor Berkman is an internationally-recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social and policy influences on health outcomes.

Her research has been oriented towards understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and isolation. The majority of her work is devoted to identifying the role of social networks and support in predicting declines in physical and cognitive functioning, onset of disease and mortality, especially related to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease.

In addition, she has devoted much of her work to understanding determinants of population health by comparing European countries with the U. S. She is currently a member of the Conseil Scientifique de l’Institut de Recherche en Sante Publique (IReSP) in France and a member of IOM. She has been actively involved since 1994 on the GAZEL study, a cohort of 20,000 French employees of EDF-GDF, the large natural gas-electricity company, and also with a study involving workplace practices and employee and family health.

Dr. Berkman is the author of several books and over 200 publications. She co-edited Social Epidemiology, the first textbook on the topic, plus Neighborhoods and Health (both with Ichiro Kawachi).

Prior to becoming director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Dr. Berkman was Chair of the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1995 – 2008. She is also the former head of the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale University.


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Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Phone: +1 617 495 8498

If you need assistance, please contact the Harvard School of Public Health’s Office of Communications at 617-432-3952. You may also contact Dr. Berkman’s assistant, Claudette Agustin, at 617-495-8498 or via email at Claudette Agustin.


 Prof. Dr. Ingo Bode | Universität Kassel, Sozialpolitik, Schwerpunkt organisationale und gesellschaftliche Grundlagen

Strukturwandel und Ökonomisierung im Krankenhaus


Ingo Bode, 5.4.1963, Soziologe, promoviert 1996 im Fach Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität Duisburg-Essen, habilitiert ebenda im Jahr 2002 mit einer Venia für Soziologie.

Seit 2009 Professor für Sozialpolitik mit Schwerpunkt organisationale und gesellschaftliche Grundlagen im Institut für Sozialwesen der Universität Kassel.
Bis 2002 als wissenschaftlicher Angestellter bzw. Hochschulassistent an den Universitäten Marburg, Trier und Duisburg-Essen tätig, später Professurvertretung an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal.

Arbeitsaufenthalte bzw. Gastdozenturen in Kanada, Großbritannien und Frankreich sowie, nach Antritt der Professur in Kassel, in Mexiko.
Forschungsgebiete: politische Soziologie des Wohlfahrtsstaats und Organisationsforschung im Sozial- und Gesundheitssektor; Schwerpunkte zuletzt u.a.: Analysen zum Zusammenhang des Wandels von institutionellen Steuerungen und veränderten Arbeits- und Organisationsstrukturen im Krankenhauswesen sowie in der Altenpflege, auch im internationalen Vergleich.
Neuere Veröffentlichungen dazu: (hrsg. mit W. Vogd) Mutationen des Krankenhauses – Soziologische Diagnosen in organisations- und gesellschaftstheoretischer Perspektive. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016; Vernetzung und Kooperation in der Altenhilfe. Internationale Erfahrungen, in: Brandenburg, H. & H. Güther (Hg.), Gerontologische Pflege. Grundlegung und Perspektiven. Bern, Huber 2015, 231-258; (mit J. Lange) Zerredete Eindeutigkeit. „Unseriöse Operationen“ im Krankenhauswesen als Gegenstand von Diskursambivalenz. Sozialer Sinn (15) 2, 2014, 271-290.


Professor für Sozialpolitik mit dem Schwerpunkt organisationale und gesellschaftliche Grundlagen
Arnold-Bode-Straße 10
34127 Kassel
Gebäude: Arnold-Bode-Str 10 (WISO C)
Raum Raum 3101
Telefon +49 561 804-2923

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu | Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

The threat of infectious diseases: working together is existential for our common humanity


Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is the National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria’s National Public Health Institute. Until July 2016, he was the Managing Partner of EpiAfric – a health consultancy firm that enables access to expertise in public health research and advisory services. He is an infectious disease epidemiologist and consultant in public health medicine with 20 years experience working in public health roles. Until early 2014 he was co-Director of the Centre for Tuberculosis at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to this, he was a Consultant Medical Epidemiologist, working for the UK’s Health Protection Agency, leading the South East Regional Epidemiology Team. Dr. Ihekweazu has undertaken several short-term consultancies for the World Health Organisation (WHO), mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks (including two Ebola outbreaks) taking him to work in Geneva, Liberia, Malawi, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Turkey and Nigeria.

Dr. Ihekweazu is a graduate of the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany. He started his public health career as an epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany and subsequently as a Public Health Analyst with the National Health Service, in London, UK. He was then awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training and subsequently completed his Public Health specialisation in the UK. He is widely published in medical peer review journals.


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
Plot 801, Ebitu Ukiwe Street
Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Willi Sauerbrei | Institut für Medizinische Biometrie und Statistik Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

The STRATOS initiative, illustrated by issues in Topic group 2: selection of variables and their functional forms


Dr. Sauerbrei is a senior statistician and professor in medical biometry at the Center for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany.
Since 1983 he has worked as an  academic biostatistician with main interest in various issues of model building and in cancer research, with a particular concern for breast cancer.
For 16 years he was the head of a Clinical Trials Unit serving as a data and statistical center for national and international trials in oncology.
With Patrick Royston he has developed the multivariable fractional polynomial approach (MFP) and extensions of it that is also subject of a book on multivariable model-building.
Methodological topics of interest include variable and function selection, model stability, treatment-covariate interactions, time-dependent effects in survival analysis, meta-analysis, reporting of research findings and high-dimensional data.
He is the initiator and chair of the STRATOS (STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies) initiative.


Institut für Medizinische Biometrie und Statistik
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 6669


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