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

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

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.

Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann and Vera Sagalova receive Foundation Council Award

StiftungsratA huge congratulations to Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann and Vera Sagalova from the Development Economics group here at CeMIS, who received the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council Award for "Herausragende Nachwuchspublikation" ("Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers") yesterday. 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 earlier this year. 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. In India, diabetes costs about 1.04 percent of the national GDP. The article has received enormous international academic and media attention. See the press release here (and also link direct to article).

Summer School "Global Health and Poverty"

From 28 May to 8 June 2018, the University of Göttingen will welcome up to 20 advanced international students (Masters or PhD level) working in global health or development economics for the "Global Health and Poverty" summer school. Organised by CeMIS/ Department of Economics Professor Sebastian Vollmer, the school will address the central health challenges of the world today, focusing particularly on their many intersections with poverty. To do this, participants will look at the complex interplay of a person’s health status and economic prosperity or deprivation in the context of low- and middle-income countries. Read more.