Health Sciences Network

Central aspects of prevention and treatment of exercise and diet on various symptoms are examined in the Health Sciences Network. Existing expertise on interdisciplinary health science research questions are profitably combined and thus represent a core concern of the network and FGW.

The Health Sciences Network was founded in 2019 under the umbrella of three faculties of the University of Potsdam: the Faculty of Humanities, the Mathematics-Science Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg (FGW). The aim is to initiate common research, joint and structural projects.

Research Content

Scientific focal points of the network are based on the health requirements and issues of the state of Brandenburg with regard to the validation of current prevention and therapy concepts, accessibility to the health service system and the optimized use of mobile procedures.

With the higher goal of reducing the prevalence and incidence of diseases relevant to Brandenburg, research questions relevant to health science are investigated with a focus on basis and intervention research of pathophysiology and primary and secondary prevention of metabolic syndrome and its secondary diseases.

University and non-university members or partners of the network concern themselves in particular with the modelling effect of exercise and diet on the risk of illness and transferring the findings into practice and healthcare.

Bundling the scientific expertise in the field of health sciences is reflected in many joint publications by the members of the network in international peer-reviewed journals.

Common Publication List (PDF Document)

Spokesperson

Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer
Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer
Vice Dean
phone: +49 331 977 1256

Members of the Network

Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer
Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer
Vice Dean
phone: +49 331 977 1256
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Michael A. Rapp
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Michael A. Rapp
phone: + 49 331 977 4095
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Rona K. Reibis
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Rona K. Reibis
PD Dr. rer. medic. Annett Salzwedel
PD Dr. rer. medic. Annett Salzwedel
Research Associate
phone: +49 331 977 4061
fax: +49 331 977 4081
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schulze
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schulze
Leiter der Abteilung MEP
phone: +49 33 200 88 2434
Prof. Dr. Annette Schürmann
Prof. Dr. Annette Schürmann
Leiterin der Abteilung DIAB
phone: +49 33 200 88 2368
Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Kauffr. Heike Surrey
Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Kauffr. Heike Surrey
Dr. rer. nat. Heike Vogel

Dr. rer. nat. Heike Vogel

Head of the Junior Research Group “Molecular and Clinical Life Science of Metabolic Diseases” (SMD)
phone: + 49 33 200 88 4545
Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Völler
Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Völler
Head of the professorship for rehabilitation medicine
phone: +49 331 977 4062
fax: +49 331 977 4081

Junior Group

In addition to the interdisciplinary answers to health science research questions, interest focuses on support for graduates and research-based theory. For this reason, an international and interdisciplinary junior group based in the network was set up that concerns itself with prevention of metabolic diseases in combination with sarcopenia through exercise and diet.

The Junior Group “Molecular and Clinical Life Science of Metabolic Diseases” (SMD) is made up of seven doctorate students, affiliated to various departments of the Faculties of Humanities and Mathematics and Natural Sciences and to the FGW and the German Institute for Diet (DIfE). The doctoral projects of the junior group deal with, among other things, mechanisms and moderators of metabolic diseases that could facilitate or influences the development of sarcopenia.

Members of the Junior Group

Dr. rer. nat. Heike Vogel

Dr. rer. nat. Heike Vogel

Head of the Junior Research Group “Molecular and Clinical Life Science of Metabolic Diseases” (SMD)
phone: + 49 33 200 88 4545

Omar Baritello
Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Potsdam

Darlene Heinen
Social and Preventive Medicine, Department of Sports and Health Sciences,
University of Potsdam

Sanne Houtenbos
Sports and Health Sociology, Department of Sports and Health Sciences,
University of Potsdam

Sonja Kuipers
Biochemistry of Diet, Institute for Dietary Sciences,
University of Potsdam

Dominik Sonnenburg
University Outpatients Department, Centre for Sports Medicine, Leisure, Health and Elite Sports,  Chair for Sports Medicine and Sports Orthopaedics,
University of Potsdam

Jasmin Gaugel
Department of Experimental Diabetology (DIAB),
German Institute for Dietary Research Potsdam-Rehbrücke

Leona Kovac
Department of Experimental Diabetology (DIAB),
German Institute for Dietary Research Potsdam-Rehbrücke

Joint faculty
The University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg