(Vienna, 03-07-2015) Judit Simon, Head of the Department of Health Economics at the Centre for Public Health at MedUni Vienna was appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to review its Health Economics Research Centres.
Since 2012, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding "Health Economics Research Centres" in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Duisburg to establish and develop research structures in the field of health economics.
In order to achieve this, existing capabilities have been combined and concentrated in one location in each case. The aim is to increase the number of qualified and internationally recognised health economics researchers in Germany and to build the image and international visibility of individual facilities. Groups of young researchers form the key element of these centres, around which other projects can then be structured.
These centres are each funded for two four-year periods. The first funding phase is due to end in 2016. In order to obtain approval for the second funding phase, the centres must have their previous work evaluated and their planned follow-on programmes assessed by an external review committee. Judit Simon of MedUni Vienna, an acknowledged international expert in the field of health economics, was invited to take part in this process in the capacity of a reviewer.
About Judit Simon
Judit Simon has a doctorate in "Public Health" (University of Oxford), an MSc in Health Economics (University of York), is also a Doctor of Medicine (Hons.), has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and one in "Medical Translation" (all from the University of Szeged in Hungary). Her main areas of interest are the description and analysis of the health economics aspects of mental health, diabetes mellitus and perinatal medicine.
Since October 2013 she has been Professor of Health Economics and Head of the Department for Health Economics at the Centre for Public Health of MedUni Vienna. Before that she was Senior Researcher in the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford.