Epidemiology

Epidemiology conducts research on health and disease at the population level – infection epidemiology is concerned with contagious diseases. Their tools and methods are systematic queries, clinical examinations and laboratory diagnostic documentation for both healthy and afflicted individuals, as well as statistical analysis of the compiled data. Causes and risk factors for infections can thus be identified. Infectious diseases epidemiology contributes to the development of preventive measures, early detection and therapy for diseases. Moreover, it examines the efficacy of such measures. Thus epidemiology ties in with scientific findings in basic research as well as medicine, and examines these processes at the population level.

Leader

Team

Patrizio Vanella

Scientist

Curriculum Vitae

Patrizio Vanella graduated from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2012 with a degree in business administration, specialising in statistics, econometrics, business mathematics and finance. After working in operational controlling for a healthcare company in Berlin and later an engineering company in Wolfsburg, he began his career in 2013 as a research assistant at the Center for Risk and Insurance at Leibniz University Hannover, where he earned his doctorate in economics on forecasting, demographic modelling and social insurance. Since 2019 he has been employed as a statistician in the Department of Epidemiology of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.

Selected Publications

Vanella, P.; Deschermeier, P. 2019: “A Principal Component Simulation of Age-Specific Fertility – Impacts of Family and Social Policy on Reproductive Behavior in Germany.“ Population Review 58(1): 78-109.

Vanella, P. 2018: “Stochastic Forecasting of Demographic Components Based on Principal Component Analyses.” Athens Journal of Sciences 5(3): 223-246.

Vanella, P.; Deschermeier, P. 2018: “A stochastic Forecasting Model of international Migration in Germany.” Familie – Bildung – Migration. Familienforschung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis. Tagungsband zum 5. Europäischen Fachkongress Familienforschung, herausgegeben von Kapella, O.; Schneider, N.F.; Rost, H. (S. 261-280). Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Verlag Barbara Budrich.

Vanella, P. 2017: “A principal component model for forecasting age- and sex-specific survival probabilities in Western Europe.“ Zeitschrift für die gesamte Versicherungswissenschaft (German Journal of Risk and Insurance) 106(5): 539-554.

Weidner, W.; Vanella, P.; Zuchandke, A. 2015: “Die Entwicklung der Kfz-Zulassungen in Deutschland: Eine Prognose und Implikationen für die Kraftfahrtversichung.“ Zeitschrift für die gesamte Versicherungswissenschaft (German Journal of Risk and Insurance) 104(4): 365-387.

Video

  • SORMAS - the future of epidemic surveillance

    Epidemiologists and IT experts from Germany and Nigeria have jointly developed an innovative app to help fight epidemics like ebola or cholera - the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS). This video explains why a tool like SORMAS is urgently needed and introduces the unique approach that makes SORMAS so powerful.

  • Fighting epidemics in Nigeria with SORMAS-App

    German scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) in Braunschweig and Nigerian researchers are applying the new mobile information system for the first time to combat a monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria. The monkeypox epidemic has spread since September 2017 and, by now, afflicts 128 patients in 14 federal states in Nigeria. The name of the system, SORMAS, stands for "Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System".

Audio Podcast

  • Staphylococcus aureus – ein Leben in der Nase2000 zufällig ausgewählte Braunschweiger Bürger haben in diesem Juni Post vom HZI erhalten – mit der Bitte, an einer Studie über die Verbreitung von Staphylococcus aureus teilzunehmen. Varianten des Bakteriums sind unter dem Kürzel MRSA als Krankenhauskeime zu trauriger Berühmtheit gelangt. Unsere Wissenschaftler wollen nun erforschen, wie viele Gesunde – außerhalb von Krankenhäusern – mit diesem Keim Leben. Und sie suchen nach Risikofaktoren, die Staphylococcus aureus die Besiedlung des Menschen erleichtern. Begleiten Sie Frank Pessler und Jaishri Mehraj ein Stück in die Welt der Epidemiologie...
  • Proben und Fragebögen für die Infektionsforschung - Die Nationale Kohorte Diabetes mellitus, Krebs, Arterienverkalkung und diverse Infektionen sind Volkskrankheiten, über die wir viel zu wenig wissen. Mit der Nationalen Kohorte wollen Wissenschaftler diesen Krankheiten auf den Grund gehen und neue Strategien gegen sie entwickeln. Frank Pessler und Manas Akmatov nehmen die Infektionen ins Visier. Lassen Sie sich erklären, wie ihnen 225.000 Menschen dabei helfen sollen…
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