01 December 2021

DAAD Prize awarded to Gifty Baffour Awuah

The Master student Gifty Baffour Awuah has been awarded the DAAD Prize for International students in recognition of her academic performance and contribution to society. Ms Baffour Awuah has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ghana and came to the Technical University of Munich to study in our Master Programme Health Sciences – Prevention and Health Promotion. She is currently writing her Master thesis under the supervision of Dr. Luana Tanaka at the Chair of Epidemiology. TUM Vice-President Prof. Dr. Juliane Winkelmann awarded Ms Baffour Awuah the Prize in a closed ceremony.

28 October 2021

New publication in HPVWorld

Dr Tanaka, Dr Stelzle and Prof Dr Stefanie Klug published a summary of their recent paper “The Global Burden of Cervical Cancer Associated with HIV – A Meta-Analysis and Modelling Study” in the HPVWorld newsletter. The HPVWorld is a key communication vehicle among researchers in the area of HPV, with over 80000 readers and more than 200 contributors. To read their contribution, please visit [this site].

23 October 2021

DGEpi Poster Prize for Annalena Huber

Annalena Huber has won the DGEpi Poster Prize 2021 for her work „Animals in higher education settings: Do animal-assisted interventions improve mental and cognitive health outcomes of students? A systematic review and meta-analysis“ awarded by the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi). The poster was presented at the 16th Annual Congress of DGEpi and is a summary of the Masters Thesis by Annalena Huber supervised by Prof. Klug at the Chair of Epidemiology.

27 September 2021

Prof. Klug appointed as core member of the Munich Data Science Institute at TUM

In November 2020, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) founded the "Munich Data Science Institute" (MDSI), a center of excellence for integrated data science and machine learning. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klug, head of the Chair of Epidemiology, has been appointed a core member of the new MDSI.

You can find more information on the appointment on the department website. [Link]

24 September 2021

New publication on the number of cancer diagnoses during the COVID-19 pandamic in Bavaria

New results on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer incidence and treatment by cancer stage in Bavaria, Germany have been published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt.

Voigtländer S, Hakimhashemi A, Inwald EC, Ortmann O, Gerken M, Klug SJ, Klinkhammer-Schalke M, Meyer M, Müller-Nordhorn J. Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie auf die Zahl der Krebsneuerkrankungen und Krebsbehandlungen nach Tumorstadium in Bayern.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt. 2021; 118(39):660–1. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.m2021.0329 [Link]


26 July 2021

New publication on results of the TeQaZ study

New results of the TeQaZ study have been published in PLOS ONE.

Tanaka LF, Schriefer D, Radde K, Schauberger G, Klug SJ. Impact of opportunistic screening on squamous cell and adenocarcinoma of the cervix in Germany: A population-based case-control study.
PLOS ONE. 2021; 16(7):e0253801. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253801 [Link]


14 April 2021

New publication on HPV vaccination

A review on HPV vaccination has been published.

Osmani V, Klug SJ. HPV-Impfung zur Prävention von Genitalwarzen und Krebsvorstufen – Evidenzlage und Bewertung.
Bundesgesundheitsbl. 2021; online first; doi: 10.1007/s00103-021-03316-x [Link]


10 March 2021

New publication on Cervical Cancer Screening Strategies from the MARZY Study

A new paper comparing cervical cancer screening strategies has been published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The analyses includes screening data from over 2,600 women recruited in the MARZY study, and compares cotesting to stand-alone HPV testing based on various cytology and HPV DNA screening tests. The paper was also selected as a highlight in the current issue and an accompanying commentary was published alongside it.

Liang LA, Einzmann T, Franzen A, Schwarzer K, Schauberger G, Schriefer D, Radde K, Zeissig SR, Ikenberg H, Meijer CJLM, Kirkpatrick CJ, Kölbl H, Blettner M, Klug SJ. Cervical Cancer Screening: Comparison of Conventional Pap Smear Test, Liquid-Based Cytology, and Human Papillomavirus Testing as Stand-alone or Cotesting Strategies.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021; 30(3):474–84; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-1003 [Link]


01 March 2021

New Publication on Vaccination against Influenza

A review on vaccination against influenza has been published in ZEFQ.

Brombacher F, Sanftenberg L, Klug SJ, Schelling J, Gensichen J. Impfen gegen Influenza – Internationale Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven für Deutschland.
Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. 2021; online first; doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2021.01.007 [Link]

17 February 2021

DFG funded project on health care for patients with chronic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic

DFG - the organisation for science and research in Germany - is funding a project initiated by the Chair of Epidemiology (Prof. Klug) in cooperation with the Chair of Health Economics (Prof. Sundmacher) about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care for patients with chronic diseases.

In an interdisciplinary approach between Epidemiology, General Medicine and Health Economics, we examine the impact of the pandemic on T2D, CHD and cancer patients from multiple perspectives. We describe how diagnosis, disease management, prevention and access to health care and have developed during the pandemic in comparison to the reference period (2010 to 2019). The project answers the following overarching research questions: How did incidence of newly diagnosed chronic diseases and mortality develop during the pandemic? How do patient characteristics and area indicators impact upon the continuity of care for patients during the pandemic? Is there any indication that changes in primary care for patients with chronic diseases are associated with changes in health outcomes?

We will use health claims data of approximately 11 million people, provided by the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVB) as well as KVB prescription data and KVB disease management data for T2D and CHD patients. Further, data on cancer incidence is obtained from the Bavarian Cancer Registry, and hospital DRG and mortality statistics from the Bavarian State Office for Statistics.

The funding period is 30 months.

17 November 2020

New Publication on Cervical Cancer and HIV

In cooperation with the the Centre for Global Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) we published a new systematic review on "Estimates of the global burden of cervical cancer associated with HIV" in Lancet Global Health.

Stelzle D, Tanaka LF, Lee KK, Ibrahim Khalil A, Baussano I, Shah ASV, McAllister DA, Gottlieb SL, Klug SJ, Winkler AS, Bray F, Baggaley R, Clifford GM, Broutet N, Dalal S. Estimates of the global burden of cervical cancer associated with HIV.
The Lancet Global Health. 2020; online first. [Link]


28 September 2020

New Systematic Review on school-based PA Interventions

In cooperation with the Associate Professorship of Educational Science in Sport and Health of Prof. Yolanda Demetriou we published a new systematic review on "Effects of school-based interventions on motivation towards physical activity in children and adolescents" in Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Kelso A, Linder S, Reimers AK, Klug SJ, Alesi M, Scifo L, Borrego CC, Monteiro D, Demetriou Y. Effects of school-based interventions on motivation towards physical activity in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2020; 51:101770; doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101770 [Link]


05 August 2020

New Publication on Endothelial Dysfunction and Type 2 Diabetes

A new analysis on the association of endothelial dysfunction with incident prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and related traits has been published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

Huemer M-T, Huth C, Schederecker F, Klug SJ, Meisinger C, Koenig W, Rathmann W, Peters A, Thorand B. Association of endothelial dysfunction with incident prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and related traits: the KORA F4/FF4 study.
BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. 2020; 8:e001321; doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2020-001321 [Link]


27 April 2020

New Publication on Cervical Cancer

A review on risk factors and primary prevention strategies for cervical cancer has been published in Der Onkologe.

Ganzenmüller T, Soergel P, Weinmann S, Klug SJ. Risikofaktoren und primäre Präventionsstrategien des Zervixkarzinoms: Inzidenz, Mortalität, Epidemiologie, HPV‑Impfung.
Der Onkologe. 2020, online first; doi: 10.1007/s00761-020-00756-z [Link]

04 - 05 February 2020

Women's Health and Cervical Cancer Prevention in Ghana

Availability of cervical cancer prevention and treatment is limited in Ghana. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Ghanaian women.

To improve Womens Health in Ghana, the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science (KNUST) (Dr. John Amuasi, Dr. Edward Dassah) and Technical University of Munich (TUM), Chair of Epidemiology, Department of Sport and Health Sciences (Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klug) and Center for Global Health, Department of Neurology (Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Winkler) jointly organized a two-day workshop on cervical cancer prevention in Kumasi, Ghana. On world cancer day, February 4th and on February 5th 2020, clinicians, epidemiologists, health care workers, policymakers and students explored the question of how to improve cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Ghana and how cervical cancer can be put into the global context of non-communicable diseases. The main goal was to assess the current situation and ongoing research projects on these issues. Moreover, challenges as well as possibilities regarding availability and affordability of HPV vaccination and screening were discussed. Field site visits to cervical cancer screening facilities at the Kumasi South Hospital and the Catholic Hospital in Battor provided more insights into cervical cancer screening and treatment on site.

This project aims to develop collaborative research and capacity building strategies to support national efforts to improve cervical cancer prevention and treatment in Ghana. Moreover, this project supports the exchange of lecturers and students between KNUST and TUM. Additionally, Prof. Klug and Prof. Winkler gave the following lectures for the KNUST Public Health Master Students: “Global Cancer with a focus on cervical cancer” (Prof. Stefanie Klug) and “Milestones of Global Health” (Prof. Andrea Winkler).


21 - 24 January 2020

Workshop on “Challenges to Women’s Health in Subsaharan Africa”

Prof. Klug was an invited speaker at the workshop “Challenges to Women’s Health in Subsaharan Africa” in Lambaréné, Gabon. She gave a talk on „Cervical Cancer und HPV in Subsaharan Africa“. The workshop was funded by the German Research Foundation.

09 - 11 December 2019

Workshop of the German Egyptian Network for Advancing Genomic Medicine and Population Health

Professor Klug was an invited speaker at this workshop at the Goethe Institut in Cairo funded by DAAD. Her two talks were about “Women’s health & global cancer from a population perspective” and „Women’s health in Africa: status & priorities“.

22 November 2019

Academic Teacher Training Course (ATTC)

The Academic Teacher Training Course (ATTC) took place between 4 and 8 November at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). Twenty-four professors from public and private higher education institutions participated in the course, taught by Fabian Jacobs (LMU), Luana Fiengo Tanaka (TUM), Raquel Baroni de Carvalho (UFES), and Creuza Rachel Vicente (UFES) (named from left to right on the photo). Topics covered included: teaching and learning in higher education, learning objectives, feedback, microteaching, and assessment. Participants had the opportunity to develop activities aimed at improving their teaching. The ATTC was organized by the Teaching Support Center of the Health Sciences Center of UFES (NAD-CCS-UFES) and had financial support from the Espírito Santo Research and Innovation Foundation (FAPES) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

A report about this event has been published on the website of DWIH São Paulo [Link] (currently only available in Portuguese)

29 October 2019

New Publication - Systematic Review on Football Intervention Studies

A systematic review of football interventions studies has been published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.

Eberl M, Tanaka LF, Klug SJ, Adamek HE. Football as a health promotion strategy - a systematic review of football intervention studies.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. 2019;116(43):721–8. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2019.0721 Link

22 October 2019

Presentation by Sabrina Juran on Geospatial Methods in Global Surgery

Dr. phil. Sabrina Juran, associated researcher with the Chair of Epidemiologie, gave a presentation on the topic "Developing geospatial methodology to assess national realities and vulnerabilities regarding surgical care in low-and-middle income countries".  The talk focussed on the use of geospatial mapping to help estimate population size for important things such as election roll-out and census data collection. She highlighted an example in Afghanistan where they were able to use modelling of various geographical data such as topography, vegetation, light emmisions etc. collected from some regions to predict how many persons possibly residing in other areas where data collection is difficult. Then she spoke about how this could be utilized for determining surgical needs by determining access to the nearest centre with surgical care, particularly Nigeria, in which the health ministry has taken interest in order to use as a policy decision-maker. Finally, Sabrina Juran touched on other sources of data that could help determine the barriers to surgical care by implementing questionnaire items in the Demographic Health Survey DHS for example on the type of care that has been accessed by locals.

23 September 2019

New Publication - Influenza Vaccination Rates

A systematic review of measures to increase influenza vaccination rates in people with chronic illness has been published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.

Sanftenberg L, Brombacher F, Schelling J, Klug SJ, Gensichen J.Increasing influenza vaccination rates in people with chronic illness.
Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. 2019;116(39):645–52. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2019.0645 [Link]

16 September 2019

Presentations at the DGEpi conference for Epidemiology in Ulm

The Chair of Epidemiology presented results from multiple projects at the 14th Annual conference of DGEpi in Ulm. 

Prof. Stefanie Klug presented on the topics "Breast cancer among female flight attendants and the role of the occupational exposures" and "Effects of HPV vaccination on the prevalence of genital warts and precancerous lesions in young women in Bavaria". Dr. Luana Tanaka gave a talk on “Risk of non-cutaneous second primary malignancies after a diagnosis of cutaneous malignant melanoma: Data from nine German regions“, Linda Liang on "Accuracy of Cervical Cancer Screening among Women Aged 30 years and above in Germany" und Marian Eberl on „Incidence of Smoking-related Second Primary Cancers after Lung Cancer in Germany”.

13 August 2019

Practical Research Experience Program Exchange Student

After a two month research stay, TUM-PREP (Practical Research Experience Program) exchange student Carol-Ann Bédard-Plante completed her research project on “Cervical Cancer in Older Women” with the Chair of Epidemiology. Carol-Ann is an undergraduate neurosciences student from the University of Montreal in Canada. During her stay, she conducted a systematic review investigating possible reasons as to why the incidence of cervical cancer in older women increases. Preliminary results were presented at the PREP closing event on 13 August 2019.

22 July 2019

Presentation by Prof. Maria Blettner

Prof. Maria Blettner, the former director of of the Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (IMBEI) at the University Medical Center Mainz has given a presentation on the topic Radiation Epidemiology for the masters students in the module Applied Cancer Research.

20 June 2019

New Publication - Call to Collect Global Surgery Data

A call to collect global anesthesia and surgery data has been published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Juran S, Gruendl M, Marks IH, Broer PN, Guzman JM, Davies J, Shrime M, Johnson W, Holmer H, Peck G, Makasa E, Hagander L, Klug SJ, Meara JG, Gelb AW, Ljungman D. The need to collect, aggregate, and analyze global anesthesia and surgery data.
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 2019; 66(2):218-229. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1261-5 [Link]

15 April 2019

Grant by the TUM Global Incentive Fund

The Chair of Epidemiology by Professor Stefanie Klug has received a grant by the TUM Global Incentive Fund to organize a workshop with the Kumasi Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana.

The collaboration partners are Professor Winkler, TUM Center of Global Health, Professor Kiechle, Department of Gynecology at TUM University Hospital rechts der Isar, Dr. Amuasi and Dr. Dessah, KNUST. The workshop will be on women's health and cervical cancer and takes place in Ghana. It will also provide opportunity to plan future collaborations in research and teaching projects.

03 April 2019

New Publication on Incidence, Mortality, and Survival of Penile Cancer

An analysis of regional cancer registry data on the incidence, mortality and survival of penile cancer has been published in  Journal Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations.
Schoffer O, Neumann A, Stabenow R, Schülein S, Böhm W-D, Gonsior A, Horn L-S, Kriegel C, Stolzenburg J-U, Wirth M, Klug SJ. Penile cancer – Incidence, mortality, and survival in Saxony, Germany. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2019; 37(4):295.e1-295.e8. [Link]

22 March 2019

More than 60 international guests attend Symposium on Physical Activity & Prevention

The first Symposium Physical Activity & Prevention "Building networks and designing intervention studies" took place 21 to 22 March 2019 at the TUM Science and Study Center in Raitenhaslach. This event gathered numerous interesting presentations on international intervention and cohort studies, on the importance of physical activity in preventing chronic disease, on measuring physical activities and the question "What makes people active?". The keynote speakers brought their expert knowledge from various parts of the world (Canada, Australia, Denmark, UK, Netherlands, Germany) and added to great and innovative scientific discussions.
The organizing Chair of Epidemiology would like to thank all of the more than 60 international presenters and guests for making this such a successful symposium.

20 February 2019

Visiting Professor in March 2019

Prof. Dr. Christine Friedenreich, Alberta Health Services, University of Calgary, Canada, has been appointed Visiting Professor through the TUM Visiting Professor Program, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Arts.
TUM honors the laureate as a guest scientist at the Chair of Epidemiology of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klug, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, for her stay from March 20 to 28, 2019. Through the development of collaborative activities in the area of physical activity and prevention Prof. Friedenreich will contribute to the international reputation of our university.

16 January 2019

International Symposium and Workshop Physical Activity and Prevention - Detailed Agenda has been announced

We have published the <link file:11089 download file>detailed agenda incl. keynotes and presentations for our International Symposium and Workshop Physical Activity and Prevention on our event page.

Free registration is still possible. Please register latest by 31 January 2019.

05 December 2018

International Symposium and Workshop Physical Activity and Prevention - Submit your abstract until 31 December 2018

The Chair of Epidemiology will host an International Symposium and Workshop for „Physical Activity and Prevention. Building networks and designing intervention studies" from 21 to 22 March 2019. The Symposium will take place near Munich, Germany, at the TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 December 2018

Registration deadline: 31 January 2019

For more information about the event please click here

05 October 2018

Presentation at the 32nd International Papillomavirus Conference in Sydney, Australia

Linda Liang represented the Chair of Epidemiology at the 32nd International Papillomavirus Conference in Sydney and gave a talk about the first results of her PhD project on „The stand-alone and co-testing screening accuracy of conventional cytology, liquid-based cytology and HPV-DNA testing in a randomised population-based cohort study (MARZY study)”.

28 September 2018

Presentations at the 13th DGEpi conference for Epidemiology in Bremen

The Chair of Epidemiology presented results from multiple projects at the 13th Annual conference of DGEpi in Bremen. Dr. Luana Tanaka gave a talk on "Quality of the Pap smear in Germany: Results of the TeQaZ study" and Sarah Tegenfeldt presented on „Comparing the results of DNA and RNA based Human Papillomavirus assays in a population-based study of older women”.

27 June 2018

Publication of the Report Global Surgery & Anaesthesia Statistics

Dr. Sabrina Juran und Magdalena Gründl – associated researchers of the Chair of Epidemiology – have contributed to a report on currant data about „Global Surgery & Anaesthesia Statistics“ by the German Global Surgery Association e.V. (GGSA) in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and G4 Alliance. This reports contributes important information to monitor the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by United Nations with regard to provision of health care services. More information about the report and a PDF download can be found at the G4 Alliance website [link].

11 August 2016

Interview with Professor Klug

To read an interview with Professor Stefanie Klug from July 2016 when she established the Chair of Epidemiology at TUM please click here.

Older News

Older news articles of the years 2016 to 2018 are available in German at this site: [Link]