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Research acitvities related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

COVID-19-focused research projects at the Chair of Public Health and Health Services are funded by the Netzwerk Universitätsmedizin. In the first funding phase, this included working on the COVID-19 evidence ecosystem COVID-19 Evidence Ecosystem (CEOsys), a network to improve knowledge management and translation in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second funding phase, our team has been involved in the projects PREPARED (development of an infrastructure for pandemic management and preparedness), coverCHILD (Situation of children, adolescents and their families) and CollPan (collateral effects of pandemics and other crises). (Contact: Eva Rehfuess)

Further partnerships and collaborations have been, or are currently beeing the projects SoNAR Global (Contact: Michaela Coenen) funded by the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020, COVID Kids Bavaria funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture (Contact: Caroline Jung-Sievers) and Post-Covid Kids Bavaria 2.0 funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Health, Care and Preventon (Contact: Caroline Jung-Sievers) and INSIDE, also funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Health, Care and Preventon (Contac: Lisa Pfadenhauer)


Mental Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

EU-STOA Panel Studie

Resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the European Union - Psychosocial and mental health consequences, risk and protective factors, and policy options for European Union Member States and their citizens (ongoing)
In cooperation with Leibniz-Institut für Resilienzforschung
Contact: Michaela Coenen, Vera Klünder

CEOsys, Topic Area Mental Health

Mental burden and its risk and protective factors during the early phase of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: systematic review and meta-analyses (Link to the publication)
Contact: Michaela Coenen

Cooperation with ‘COSMO’ – population-based COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (Link)

Physical Activity during COVID-19 in German Adults: Analyses in the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring Study (COSMO) (Link)
Contact: Theresa Märtl, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Psychosocial situation of children measured with the SDQ questionnaire in different phases the COVID-19 pandemic: Analyses in the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring Study (COSMO) (Link)
Contact: Chiara Rathgeb, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Wellbeing of adults measured with the WHO-5 Wellbeing questionnaire in different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic: Analyses in the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring Study (COSMO) (Link)
Contact: Fangyi Tsai, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Parental burden in different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic: Analyses in the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring Study (COSMO) (Link)
Contact: Julia Rabe, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Analysis of health behaviors such as smoking and alcohol consumption over different COVID-19 pandemic phases: Analyses in the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring Study (COSMO) (Link)
Contact: Melanie Köger, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Vulnerable Groups

SoNAR Global “COVID-19 Vulnerability Assessment and Community Engagement”: Cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center at LMU Munich as part of the HORIZON 2020 project ‘A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance’ (Link)
Contact: Michaela Coenen, Zeliha Öcek, Vera Klünder

Strengthening Risk Communication and Health Education for Migrants During Global Health Crisis: Common project by EUGLOHRIA partner
Kontakt: Zeliha Öcek

CEOsys, Topic Area Public Health:

Rapid review on the effectiveness of non-pharmacological measures implemented in the setting of long-term care facilities to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections and their adverse consequences (Link)
Contact: Jan Stratil

Children and Adolescents, Schools

CEOsys and NUM 2.0: Topic Area Public Health

Evidence-based S3 Guideline on measures to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission in school settings (Living Guideline): (Link to the published guideline)
Contact: Eva Rehfuess; Lisa Pfadenhauer, Brigitte Strahwald

Cochrane Review: Review of the effectiveness of school measures for the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic (Link).
Contacts: Shari Krishnaratne, Hannah Littlecott, Lisa Pfadenhauer

Cochrane Scoping Review on side effects of school measures for the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic (Link).
Contacts: Hannah Littlecott, Shari Krishnaratne, Eva Rehfuess

B-FAST Project "Schools and child-care facilities"

Psychosocial aspects of children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in cooperation with the B-FAST project team (ongoing) (Link)
Contact: Caroline Jung-Sievers

COVID Kids Bavaria Studie

Health-related Quality of Life and psychosocial aspects in children in the course of the COVID 19 pandemic; cooperation with the COVID Kids Bavaria Team (Link)
Contact: Hannah Schillok, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

Post-COVID Kids Bavaria 2.0: Researching health care for children, adolescents and yound adults with Post-COVID (More information about the project)
Contact: Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers


Mental Health of Children and Adolescents

Interventions to ameliorate the psychosocial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children – a systematic review (Link)
Contact: Flora Wendel, Michaela Coenen, Caroline Jung-Sievers

University students

Primary study investigating health effects and experiences of university students participating in online teaching

In cooperation with Katholische Stiftungshochschule München

Factors influencing study engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional study among health and social professions students (Link)
Contact: Michaela Coenen, Sandra Kus, Kristina Schröpfer

Health and social science students experience high levels of psychological stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic: results of a cross-sectional study at Munich universities (Link)
Contact: Michaela Coenen, Sandra Kus, Kristina Schröpfer

International travel – travel restrictions

CEOsys, Topic Area Public Health

Travel-related control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: We began by producing an evidence map  (Link), followed by a rapid review, for the WHO and in collaboration with Cochrane, to assess the effectiveness of these measures. We recently completed the first update of this rapid review (Link), and published a related commentary article (Link).
Contact: Ani Movsisyan, Jacob Burns, Eva Rehfuess

Unintended health and societal consequences of international travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic: This scoping review comprehensively identifies and maps the empirical evidence as of December 2020 on unintended consequences of international travel measures designed to control and/or mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. It furthermore identifies key research gaps in the evidence (Link)
Contact: Carmen Klinger

Other Projects

Conceptual framework on population-based measures during the corona and other pandemics: This framework was developed for and with the World Health Organisation and serves as a conceptual framework for a variety of activities within the WHO initiative on the effectiveness and societal impact of public health and social measures during a pandemic. (Link to publication)
Contact: Eva Rehfuess, Brigitte Strahwald

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients with COVID-19: Rapid review requested by WHO and undertaken by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Based Public Health (Link)
Contact: Peter von Philipsborn

INTEGRATE-COVID: Criteria to guide evidence-informed decision-making on non-pharmacological interventions targeting COVID-19: Advancing and adapting the WHO-INTEGRATE framework through a comprehensive document analysis (Link)
Contact: Jan Stratil

Scientific expert committees in public health policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A document analysis (Link, article in German)
Contact: Lisa Pfadenhauer, Kerstin Sell

Coordination and contributions towards the Competence Network Public Health on COVID-19, an association of more than 20 scientific societies, to bundle their expertise for public authorities, institutes and policy-makers
Contact: Karin Geffert

A Bayesian hierarchical approach to account for reporting uncertainty, variants of concern and vaccination coverage when estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on the spread of infectious diseases. (Link)
Contact: Sabine Hoffmann