Current external funded projects

  • As a result of the unequal distribution of occupational medical and occupational psychology resources in Germany, there are increasing reports of inadequate care in companies, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). However, there is currently a lack of reliable data on the supply situation. It can also be assumed that many care offerings have not been adequately evaluated in terms of the quality of the structure, processes and care outcomes. For this reason, the junior research group aims to examine the current occupational medical and occupational psychology care situation as well as future needs and further develop these based on the project results. The primary goal is to develope approaches to increase the quantity and quality of care, even with limited human resources. As part of the research project, both extensive scientific analyzes and quality indicators for the evaluation of company care offerings will be created and tested. The study results achieved form the basis for the subsequent development and implementation of a telemedical care offer in the form of a multimodal online platform, which is intended to support MSMEs in particular in making use of occupational health and psychological care offers. In a modular form, information on occupational health protection through improved occupational medical and occupational psychological care is conveyed and recommendations are presented in the context of best practice examples. In another module, a concept for connecting occupational health care structures to the telematics infrastructure using digitalization potential is being developed.

    Funding: BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine) and BMAS (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)




  • The “Asthma LINDern Study” aims to collect scientific and medical insights about the course of allergic respiratory diseases of employees who are on allergen avoidance or allergen reduction in order to derive prevention recommendations for those affected.

    Funding: DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance)

  • Due to structural conditions, the maritime transport sector poses risks in the area of communicable diseases. In order to minimise the spread of endemic and invasive pathogens, an effective approach to preventing and managing infectious incidents is of central importance. In Germany, five ports are designated under the IHR and must have certain core capacities in place at all times for immediate response to cross-border health threats. The overall objective of the research project is to harmonise and strengthen the necessary core competences of the German IGV ports for health security in shipping and to bundle resources on a scientific basis. This is to be achieved mainly by identifying areas of harmonisation and their design by means of a best practice study as well as the development and testing of concepts for overarching structures of the five IGV ports.

    The research project is funded with 552,000€.

    Funding: Federal Ministry of Health

  • The general (conceptual) objective of HEALTHY SAILING is to contribute to improve quality of passenger shipping services brought to society, facilitating recovery from COVID-19 pandemic, making the passenger shipping sector, safer, more resilient, competitive and efficient by producing evidence for infection control, validated prevention, mitigation, management measures and training to be used for policy making and ship operations, whose implementation will reduce public health incidents on-board large passenger ships.

    27 partners consisting of university institutions and industry are collaborating on the project. The total funding amount is €3.7 million.

    Funding: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)

  • Several randomized trials from US and Europe have demonstrated the capability of low dose computed tomography (LDCT) to detect lung cancer early and significantly reduce mortality. Since the US have rolled out LDCT screening in 2013, several adjustments were needed to overcome difficulties of nationwide implementation, esp. regarding recruitment. Due to the heterogeneous landscape of lung cancer care in Europe, it is not realistic to believe that screening criteria and conditions from the highly scientific lung cancer screening trials are 1:1 transferrable to the real-world conditions in 27 different countries of the European Union. Backed by the expertise and network of all relevant European societies and stakeholders, SOLACE will assess the current state of play, needs and best practice of Lung Cancer Screening (LCS) in EU member states and produce a comprehensive guideline and implementation package covering all steps of the lung cancer screening pathway: evidence-based guidelines, technical papers, SOPs, documents regarding quality assurance, methodology, benefit-harm balance, cost-effectiveness. This package will be used to showcase de novo implementation. Moreover, SOLACE will design, plan and roll-out three pilot projects in 10 member states with more than 12000 participants to address key issues to increase participation: gender aspects, inequalities regarding hard-to-reach populations (social, ethnic, geographical) and higher risk individuals. Quality assurance, cost-effectiveness analysis with dedicated models for different healthcare systems, harms (radiation exposure, overdiagnosis, complications). SOLACE will establish the European Lung Cancer Screening Alliance (ELCSA) serving as a long-lasting interdisciplinary platform as a backbone for sustained implementation in all member states

    Funding: EU Call EU4Health

  • The main objective of the medical part of the international multidisciplinary study “FAMA” is to measure the current level of fatigue and sleepiness of crews on board ferries crossing the English Channel.

    The research project is funded with 19,000€.

    Funding: Goverment of France


  • The aim is to develop, plan and implement a concept for scientific evaluation and quality assurance of screening programs such as the EVA-Lunge in order to be able to generate sound data on the implementation and effectiveness of early detection for lung cancer using LD-HRCT. Using quality indicators and performing analyses will allow to determine important outcome parameters such as the detection rate of lung cancer, the rate of so-called false-positive findings, the rate of diagnostic work-up after LD-HRCT examination or the number of potential recognition of occupational disease no. 4104 (lung cancer) generated from the screening program. Parameters will be recorded overall and stratified - e.g. according to examination round (initial, subsequent examinations), participant characteristics or region. Furthermore, attitudes towards, subjective perceptions of, and psychological strain in relation to EVA-Lunge among insured persons will be assed using qualitative research. Additionally, knowledge and attitudes towards lung cancer screening using LD-HRCT among physicians will be investigated.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, ZfAM is collecting representative exposure data for the alternative plasticiser id(2-ethylhexyl)terephthalate (DEHTP) in the adult German population. For some years now, DEHTP has been increasingly used as a substitute for the reprotoxic plasticiser di(ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).

    Funding: Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

  • Intelligent lighting control systems open up the possibility of designing lighting profiles at shift workplaces according to functional and biological needs. However, scientific studies investigating the health effects are still lacking. The study "Light and Shift" will contribute to this.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • Funding: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

  • Obstructive respiratory diseases are among the most frequently reported occupational diseases in Germany. In occupational medicine research and practice, there are still unanswered questions about the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to work-related influences. The aim of the project is to provide even more targeted information on the basis of the sector- and occupation-specific investigations, to further improve education about the disease COPD and prevention.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • Within the health sector, staff in emergency departments are particularly often affected by physical or verbal violence from patients or their relatives. Therefore, preventive measures for dealing with aggressive patients and their relatives are essential to protect staff from incidents of violence. The aim of this study is therefore to gain insights into the availability and effectiveness of violence prevention measures in emergency rooms. Of interest here are the personal experiences of employees and managers in emergency rooms, which will be collected throughout Germany within the framework of a qualitative research approach. In addition, the effectiveness of the measures will be examined and possible implementation difficulties or further support needs will be addressed. Based on the study results, positive examples are identified and further measures and needs are identified. Finally, recommendations for prevention are derived in order to increase occupational safety for staff in emergency departments in the long term.

    Funding: BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege)