Chair of Development Economics / Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Chair of Development Economics / Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

New Publication on Cardiovascular Disease Risk in India

CVDCardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in India; yet little information is known about the variation of risk among India’s states and sociodemographic groups. Our study aimed to close this knowledge gap by evaluating data from 2 large household surveys conducted between 2012 and 2014. A team of international researchers, including Professor Sebastian Vollmer and Michaela Theilmann, pooled data from almost 800,000 participants (aged 30-74) across 27 states and 5 union territories in India. The data was analyzed using the predicted 10-year risk of a CVD event and disaggregated by examining the geographic and sociodemographic variation of the risk factors: BMI, high blood glucose, systolic BP, and smoking. Cardiovascular disease risk varied from 13.2% (95% CI: 12.7%–13.6%) in Jharkhand to 19.5% (95% CI: 19.1%–19.9%) in Kerala. Read more.


Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann, Vera Sagalova and Prof. Sebastian Vollmer receive Science Award of the German Society of Health Economics

Bommer_dggoe We congratulate Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann, Vera Sagalova and Prof. Sebastian Vollmer from the Development Economics group at CeMIS. They received the Science Award of the German Society of Health Economics at the annual meeting on March 5th. They received the prize for their article on "The Global Economic Burden of Diabetes: A Cost-of-Illness Study”, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology in 2017. In the article, they estimate that diabetes treatment as well as diabetes related production losses account for $US1.3 trillion globally, equivalent to 1.8 percent of global GDP. Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann and Vera Sagalova have already been awarded with the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council Award for "Herausragende Nachwuchspublikation" ("Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers") for the same article by the end of 2017. For further information and a link to the article, see the press release here.


Press release: High rates of diabetes and hypertension found in India

Diabetes India(pug) Rates of diabetes and hypertension are high among middle-aged and elderly people across all geographic measures and sociodemographic groups in India. This is the result of the first nationally representative study of those conditions in the country, presented by an international team of researchers from Harvard University, the University of Göttingen and the Heidelberg University Hospital. The researchers also found unexpectedly high rates of hypertension among young adults. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more.