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Dr. Ronny Westerman

Senior Research Fellow

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  • 2000 - 2005: Studies in Demography, Universität Rostock, Germany
  • 2005: Diplom degree, Demography, Universität Rostock, Germany
  • 2005: International Max Planck Research School for Demography, Rostock, Germany
  • 2011: Dr. rer. physiol. degree, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
    Doctoral Thesis: Die Messung des Einflusses von Heterogenität bei der Überlebenszeitanalyse von fertilen und subfertilen Männern: Eine Bewertung der Heterogenitätsintensitäten mit Hilfe von parametrischen Frailty-Modellen [Measurement of the Impact of Unobserved Heterogeneity in the Life Span Analysis of Fertile and Subfertile Men: An Evaluation of Heterogeneity Intensities Using Parametric Frailty Models]

Professional Background

  • 2005: Researcher at the the German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 - 2015: Researcher at the Institute of Medical Sociology and Social Medicine, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
  • 2014 - 2015: Senior researcher at German National Cohort Consortium, Mannheim, Germany
  • Since July 2015: Senior researcher at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB),
    and NAKO Health Study Consortium, Wiesbaden, Germany

Memberships and Activities in Scientific Associations

  • 2008: Population Association of America (PAA)
  • 2010: International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
  • 2010: American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • 2010: The German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometrics and Epidemiology (GMDS)
  • 2012: International Epidemiological Association (IEA)
  • 2012: The German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi)
  • 2012: The German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP)
  • Since 10/2013: Collaborator for Global Burden of Disease Study in cooperation with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Since 07/2014: Founding member for the African German Expert-Knowledge Transfer e.V., project coordinator HIV & AIDS

Review Activities

  • Scientific Journals: European Journal of Population; Endocrinology, Metabolsim & Genetics; Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

  • 2008: National Science Foundation/Stanford University, Formal Demography Research Training
  • 2012: Von-Behring-Röntgen-Foundation, Universität Gießen, Germany
  • 2014: Medicine-Foundation, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Selected Publications

  • Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration (2015): The Global Burden of Cancer 2013. In: JAMA Oncology 1,4: 505-527 [DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.0735]
  • GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators (2015): Global, Regional, and National Age-Sex Specific All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality for 240 Causes of Death, 1990-2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. In: The Lancet 385,10: 117-171 [DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61682-2]
  • Mazur, Allan; Westerman, Ronny; Werdecker, Andrea; Mueller, Ulrich O. (2014): Testosterone and Type 2 Diabetes in Men. In: Aging Male 17,1: 18-24
  • Mazur, Allan; Westerman, Ronny; Mueller, Ulrich O. (2013): Is Rising Obesity Causing a Secular (Age-Independent) Decline in Testosterone among American Men? In: PLoS One 16,8(10):e76178
  • Westerman, Ronny; Reese, Jens-Peter; Mueller, Ulrich O. (2013): Copulas and Competing Risks: Applications for Mixture Long-term Survival Models. In: JSM Proceedings, Biometric Sections, Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association: 1140-1148

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