Current lecture series

With the new format of the "Health Science Talks" it is possible to get to know the research areas of the new professors better on the one hand and on the other hand to talk more about science with each other in general. At the beginning, the new professors will present their research. Later, postdocs and PhD students can also present their planned, ongoing or recently published work. Each presentation and the discussion will last 30 minutes.

1. Lecture:

Title: "p-Values - Common misconceptions and alternatives”
Lecturer: Dr. Gunther Schauberger, Chair of Epidemiology
Date/Time: January 26, 2022, 4 PM

2. Lecture:

Title: "Impact of risk framing strategies on COVID-19 vaccine intentions"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Nikkil Sudharsanan, Assistant Professorship of Behavioral Science for Disease Prevention and Health Care
Date/Time: February 23, 2022, 4 PM

3. Lecture:

Title: "The potential of quasi-experimental designs in health research: concepts and applied examples"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Laxy, Assistant Professorship of Public Health and Prevention
Date/Time: March 23, 2022, 4 PM

4. Lecture:

Title: "Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Orkan Okan, Assistant Professorship of Health Literacy
Date/Time: April 27, 2022, 4 PM

5. Lecture:

Title: "Chronobiology and Health"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Manuel Spitschan, Assistant Professorship of Chronobiology & Health
Date/Time: May 19, 2022, 4 PM

6. Lecture:

Title: "Improving the continuity and coordination of ambulatory care through feedback and facilitated dialoge - a cluster-randomised trial to evaluate the ACD study (Accountable Care in Germnany)"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Leonie Sundmacher, Associate Professorship of Health Economics
Date/Time: July 13, 2022, 4 PM

7. Lecture:

Title: "The Physiology of Weight Loss: Why is it so difficult to lose weight, and what have couch potatoes in common with elite athletes?"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Karsten Köhler, Assistant Professorship of Exercise, Nutrition and Health
Date/Time: October 26, 2022, 4 PM

8. Lecture:

Title: "Children, adolescents and the social determinants of health. Comparative findings from the HBSC study"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Matthias Richter, Chair of Social Determinants of Health
Date/Time: November 26, 2022, 4 PM

9. Lecture:

Title: "The role of early prevention of cardiovascular risk"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, Chair of Preventive Pediatrics
Date/Time: January 25, 2023, 4 PM

10. Lecture:

Title: "Global Health"
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Winkler, Center of Global Health TUM
Date/Time: February 15th, 2023, 4 PM


The Talk Series "Current Topics in Sleep & Circadian Health" is organized by the Assistant Professorship of Chronobiology & Health at the Technical University of Munich and the Max Planck Research Group Translational Sensory & Circadian Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics led by Prof. Dr. Manuel Spitschan. The 60-minute (45 min. talk + 15 min. Q&A/discussion) seminars are free to join and take place via Zoom.

Registration is required. Click here for registration.


  • May 30, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Susan Redline & Shaun Purcell (Harvard University, USA) – "Open science in sleep research: tools and resources, promises and challenges"

  • June 5, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Carlo Volf (Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, Denmark) – "Architectural planning of daylight, artificial lighting and natural ventilation"

  • June 12, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Carmela Alcántara (Columbia University, USA) – TBC

  • June 19, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Lauren Hale (State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA) – TBC

  • June 26, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Philipp Ritter (TU Dresden, Germany) – TBC

  • July 3, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Thomas Upton (University of Bristol, UK) – TBC

  • July 10, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Evan Chinoy (Naval Health Research Center, USA) – TBC

  • July 24, 2023, 17:00 (CEST, Munich): Jessie Bakker (Digital Medicine Society/DiMe, USA) – TBC

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