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Deutsche Rentenversicherung appoints SOCIUM member for a three-year term

Rarely known but very useful: The Deutsche Rentenversicherung finances important social science research in the area of old-age security. Since 2001 this is institutionally organized in the Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung (FNA) which supports research projects, research scholarships, workshops, a research award and a graduate colloquium.

In order to secure the quality of this research Deutsche Rentenversicherung institutionalized a Board consisting of 16 members, eight of which are representatives of Deutsche Rentenversicherung and eight more are scientists from various disciplines. On October this year Deutsche Rentenversicherung appointed Frank Nullmeier for a three-year term as a member of this Board.

more information:
https://www.fna-rv.de

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

Tel.: +49 (0)421-218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Authors from the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen present the BARMER Long-Term Care Report for 2019

This year's BARMER Long-Term Care Report was presented today at the Conference Centre of the Federal Press Conference House in Berlin. The analysis of new living arrangements with long-term care provision is the central focus of this year’s Report. It also includes a review of LTC insurance 25 years since its inception. As in previous years, the authors – Professor Dr. Heinz Rothgang and Dr. Rolf Müller – continue to deliver in-depth analyses of case numbers, incidences, prevalences and long-term care trajectories. The data used for the Report are primarily long-term care statistics for the year 2017 and claims data provided by the health insurance fund BARMER.

Downloads:
BARMER Long-Term Care Report 2019 (in German)
Statement prepared by Professor Rothgang for the Press Conference
Presentation given by Professor Rothgang at the Press Conference


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

Dr. rer. pol. Rolf Müller
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58554
E-Mail: rmint@uni-bremen.de

SOCIUM mourns Rainer Müller, founding member of the Center for Social Policy and its longtime director

Rainer Müller was both a physician and a sociologist. This explains the breadth of his research interests as well as his unusual willingness as a Professor of Ergonomics and Occupational Medicine to participate in the organization of an interdisciplinary social science research center.

After having studied medicine and received his MD at the University of Münster he studied sociology at the FU Berlin. He became assistant physician in Hagen and Berlin and senior physician at the RWTH Aachen. In 1976 the only recently founded University of Bremen offered him a professorship for occupational medicine. Rainer Müller realized the chances offered to him by this still to be created university. He was one of the first researchers to use health insurance data not only for research in occupational medicine but also in social and health policy. He also initiated the development of Public Health as a new research as well as teaching area here in Bremen. His research interests were wide ranging: from occupational medicine to health policy, the position of the health insurers on occupational rehabilitation, the professionalization of company physicians to the social inequality concerning health and mortality.

This did not only fit well into the research program of the first Bremen Collaborative Research Center 186 “Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course” in 1988 in which he headed one of the research projects. It fitted also well into the concept of a funding application with the VolkswagenStiftung to support the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Social Policy at the University of Bremen which opened its doors in 1988 and in which he organized and directed the department of health policy, occupational and social medicine. Between 1994 and 2006 he also served as the director of the Center.

Between 1984 and 2009 he additional worked as a company physician in Bremen and between 1989 and 2013 as a lecturer at the Linzer Akademie für Arbeitsmedizin und Sicherheitstechnik. Even after his retirement he nationally and internationally campaigned for an increased consideration of Public and Global Health both in science as well as practice.

We will miss Rainer Müller not only as one of our especially engaging founding members who initiated new research venues. We also lost a caring colleague who knew how to motivate young researchers while at the same time offered them generous room of manoeuver to find their own ways. And we lost a colleague who never forgot that science also has to deliver tangible results for society. The gap left behind by him is large.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein

Stanford Sociologist John W. Meyer Gives a Talk at the Haus der Wissenschaft

Since more than 40 years Professor John W. Meyer is known for his work on the question of how institutions diffuse globally based on underlying ideas and worldviews. This fall Meyer is Hans-Koschnick-Professor at the University of Bremen and on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 6 pm will give a talk at the Haus der Wissenschaft on a subject which brings him back to one of the roots of his oeuvre: to education and the institution of the university. They are among the central ideas and institutions of Liberalism. The important question of the talk will be whether the recently prevalent ant-liberal thinking also leads to changes in the focus on education (and with it on university).

The talk is in English, there is no admission fee.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5

28359 Bremen
Tel.: 0421/218-58629
E-Mail: mwindzio@uni-bremen.de

 

Conference at the Haus der Wissenschaft underlines necessity for action and more research

Both social as well as environmental policy research use the notion of sustainability. However, they use it in different forms and with different content. The yet only partially discernable effects of climate change, however, impress the obligation that really “sustainable” policies cannot focus only on one of the aims.

On 23 and 24 September 2019 SOCIUM together with the Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (FGW), Düsseldorf, the IAQ Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the DFG Research Group Need-Based Justice and Distribution Procedures and the Senatorischen Behörde für Soziales, Jugend, Frauen, Integration und Sport, Bremen, organized an interdisciplinary conference on sustainability in both social as well as ecological terms. In two conference days it is certainly only possible to touch on such large topics. All participants, however, deplored on the one hand the large research gaps in the overlap between social and environmental risks and crises. On the other hand, they sketched out possible next steps to close these gaps in the upcoming years.

On the evening of the first conference day a panel also discussed the situation and perspectives of the journal “Zeitschrift für Sozialreform”. A controversial debate ensued on the possible format of journals at the intersection of academia and practice as well on the question of how sustainable publishing can be organized based on internationalized social sciences but still nationally dominated social laws and policies.

More information
Conference Program

www.fgw-nrw.de
www.iaq.uni-due.de
www.socium.uni-bremen.de

Contact
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
University of Bremen
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5

28359 Bremen
Germany
Tel.: (+49) (0)421-218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Cover Innovationsreport 2019Cover Innovationsreport 2019
Study on innovative medicines of the year 2016 in day to day care

This year's Innovation Report rates 21 active ingredients of the total of 31 medicines launched in 2016.

Oncologics were most frequently evaluated, five drugs contain antiviral drugs, three are recombinant coagulation factors. The remaining active ingredients cover eight further indications. For the first time, a vaccine (the HPV vaccine, which i.a. protects against cervical cancer) was rated in this report. Eight medicines were launched with a fast track assessment.

The special chapter of the report is dedicated to the current topic "vaccination and compulsory vaccination" and discusses measles, HPV and flu vaccines in particular.

The data of the RKI, the KiGGS study and the WHO state that the measles vaccination rates have still not been reached. They show that compulsory vaccination, which has already been introduced in some European countries, has not eliminated measles. The Innovation Report 2019 presents various approaches how an increase in vaccination rates could succeed and how the potential arguments of the anti-vaxxers could be. It illustrates the great importance of physician-patient communication in this context. Compulsory measles vaccination should be the ultima ratio - education and information campaigns need to be developed and strengthened in the public.

Although five medicines were rated with a green overall traffic light, the increase in red traffic lights (61% of all assessed medicines) has degraded the hope of a positive development of newly licensed medicines compared to the last year. For six medicines red hand letters with important information for physicians and patients were sent. This also confirms the assumption that current approval studies provide only a limited picture of effects and side effects, therefore pharmacovigilance studies in the "aftermarket" are urgently needed.

Medicines that represent a true therapeutic innovation and have been assessed with a green (added) benefit signal are human papillomavirus vaccines and medicines in cancer treatment of multiple myeloma (Daratumumab and Elotuzumab) and in the treatment of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (Sacubitril/Valsartan). Only one medicine (Elbasvir/Grazoprevir) is cheaper than the ACT and has been given a green light in this category. Regarding the price twelve medicines were rated as equally expensive (marked with a yellow traffic light) and four medicines as more expensive (marked with a red traffic light). In comparison with already available therapies, five medicines are marked in green, four in yellow, and 14 in red. Thus, only nine of the new medicines on the market contribute to already approved pharmaceuticals in a positive way.

 

Innovation Report 2019:

long version

short version

Presentation of Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de