Date - 22.06.2017
Date - 27.06.2017
Vita in alphabetical order

Summer School 2017 (June, 19 - 30)


In this year‘s Summer School we seek to strengthen and expand on its highest level the mutual understanding and interaction between the
disciplines represented by the scientists of the Postgraduate Program „People with Dementia in the Acute-care Hospitals“.

Each day of the Summer School will focus on one specific topic of the postgraduate program: dementia, ageism, communication, field research, functional exercise, new technologies, architecture, advance care planning, delirium, and hospital care.

We are convinced that the Summer School 2017 will be a dynamic, interactive, and highly rewarding two weeks. Participating graduates will benefit from expert knowledge of different fields with relevance to the research focus “People with Dementia in the Acute-care Hospitals”.

We are grateful to the graduates for organizing the program of the Summer School and their commitment to its success.



Summer School - 2017 - Week 1

19.06.2017 - Welcome and Introduction into Dementia Research

20.06.2017 - Ageism, Communication, and Field Research

21.06.2017 - Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise in Different Target Groups, Afternoon program at the Bethanien Hospital

22.06.2017 - New Technologies and Dementia/ Day Centers for People with Cognitive Disorders in Thessaloniki, Greece

23.06.2017 - NAR summer outing

Summer School - 2017 - Week 2

26.06.2017 - Introduction to Epidemiology, Reliability of Screening Tests and Issues in Study Designs/ Analysis

27.06.2017 - Architecture of Dementia-sensitive Hospitals   

28.06.2017 - Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Detection of Delirium

29.06.2017 - Care of People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals  

30.06.2017 - to be announced        



Date - 19.06.2017
Topic - Welcome and Introduction into Dementia Research
Responsible - Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. K. Beyreuther, Prof. Dr. L. Frölich, Anton Schönstein


  • The definition of dementia and neurodegeneration, including the differentiation between regular brain aging and dementia. Incidences of, prevalences of, as well as similarities and differences between certain types of dementia. Also, the cellular and molecular changes in dementia disorders, the correlation between pathology and symptoms, the long preclinical phases of dementia disorders, therapeutic research along with primary and secondary prevention. Finally, considerations on how the future incidences and prevalences of dementia disorders will develop.
  • Clinical trials and Alzheimer’s disease I How pharmaceutical trials are designed, what their outcomes are, and what we can learn from Alzheimer’s trials that did not succeed
  •  To get an overview and basic understanding of the most commonly used tests and screening methods for detecting dementia and related disorders

08.00 - Welcome I K. Beyreuther, B. Teichmann
08.30 - Dementia Today and Tomorrow I K. Beyreuther
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - Diagnosis and Therapy of Alzheimer´s Dementia I L. Frölich
12.00 - Lunch break
13.00 - Neuropsychological Testing I A. Schönstein    
14.30 - Coffee break
14.45 - Expectations and Questions I K. Beyreuther, B. Teichmann
16.00 - End


Date - 20.06.2017
Topic - Ageism, Communication, and Field Research
Responsible - Eva-Luisa Schnabel, Hans-Werner Wahl, Prof. Dr. Martina Schäufele, Julia Schneider


  • Theories and methods in research on ageism and age discrimination
  • Verbal communication and dementia
    Part 1 - Theoretical background; 40 minutes
    Theoretical background: e.g., impact of dementia on language, production and comprehension I 5-minute break
    Part 2 - Practical exercises; 45 minutes
    Practical exercises: e.g., work with already published transcripts in small groups I Discussion and development of more successful communication strategies I Role-plays
  • Requirements and challenges of field/implementation research
    Theoretical introduction, essential steps explained by the completed project “Long-Term Care in Motion”, empirical findings on barriers and facilitators in the hospital setting
  • Transferring the learning targets to other projects of the graduate program
    Methods I Brainstorming and discussion in small groups I flip chart presentations I Summary

08.30 - Welcome I H-W. Wahl, E-L. Schnabel
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - Verbal Communication and Dementia I E-L. Schnabel, J.Schneider
12.00 - Lunch break
13.00 - Requirements and Challenges of Field/Implementation Research I H-W. Wahl
14.00 - Talk about the GHoSt-Study I M. Schäufele
15.00 - Coffee break
15.30 - Transferring the Learning Targets to Other Projects I H-W. Wahl, E-L. Schnabel
16.30 - End


Date - 21.06.2017
Topic - Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise in Different Target Groups
Responsible - Dr. Michael Schwenk, Nacera Belala


  • Exercising as part of the daily routines
  • Ideas and concepts of Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • New Developed Programs
  • Exercising in Different Groups
  • Assessment of Balance, Strength and physical activity

08.00 - Welcome I M. Schwenk, N. Belala, K. Hauer, P. Heldmann
08.30 - LiFE – What Is Possible? I M. Schwenk, N. Belala              
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - Testing the Test – LiFE Assessment in Action I M. Schwenk, N. Belala
12.00 - Lunch break


Date - 21.06.2017 Afternoon Program I Bethanien Hospital Heidelberg
Topic - Physical Activity and Basic Motor Skills in People with Dementia
Responsible - Apl. Prof. Dr. Klaus Hauer, Patrick Heldmann, Dr. Rainer Beurskens, Christian Werner


  • Physical Activity and Dementia I The role of physical activity in older people with and without dementia I Theoretical background and assessment strategies from low-tech to high-tech
  • Instant aging I The effect of dementia on basic motor skills and the consequences in daily life using the example of the sit-to-stand transfer I Performance of the sit-to-stand (sts) movement and clinical examples with patients suffering from dementia (video demonstration)

13.00 - Physical Activity (PA) and Dementia I R. Beurskens, P. Heldmann
14.30 - Coffee break
14.45 - Instand Aging and Basic Motor Skills I K. Hauer, C. Werner
16.30 - End


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Date - 22.06.2017
Topic - New technologies and Dementia/ Day Centers for People with Cognitive Disorders in Thessaloniki, Greece
Responsible - Stelios Zygouris


  • Gain an overview of the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in dementia including new avenues for research and clinical applications I potential pitfalls and dead-ends
  • Understand the role of computerized tests in the detection of cognitive disorders with the further aim of understanding: The different categories of computerized tests I How they should be integrated in healthcare I Why digitizing existing pencil and paper tests is not enough I The role of new hardware and why the latest technology is not always the best
  • Participate in a focus group aimed at generating feedback concerning the usability of a new computerized instrument for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) detection with the further aim of understanding: The importance of usability assessment in the development of a new computerized instrument I The ways in which a researcher can extract qualitative data concerning the usability of a novel instrument from a panel of experts
  • Understand the development process for a new instrument and the ways in which health experts and older adults can both participate in the design process I Discuss existing good practices from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and how they can be transferred to other institutions
  • Gain an overview of the operations of the two day centers of the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Relative Disorders in Thessaloniki with the aim of understanding: The process of establishing a day center in collaboration with stakeholders and state authorities I How a day center functions I Ties between the day center, the community and healthcare services I The day center as a hub for research activity

08.00 - Welcome I M. Tsolaki, S. Zygouris
08.30 - Introduction to the use of information and communication technology with patients with cognitive disorders Opening new avenues and avoiding dead-ends I (presentation & discussion) I S. Zygouris
09.40 - Screening for dementia in the digital age. Are we doing all we can? A transatlantic perspective. I S. Zygouris
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - ICT solutions for supporting patients and caregivers I S. Pantelopoulos
12.00 - Lunch break
13.00 - Focus group - evaluating the usability of the Virtual Supermarket I Test S. Zygouris
14.30 - Coffee break
14.45 - Our experiences from the two day centers of the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Relative Disorders in Thessaloniki (presentation & discussion) I M. Tsolaki
 16.30 - End


NAR summer outing

Date - 23.06.2017 I NAR summer outing

Dear Summer School participants,
We would like to invite you to join us for a trip to Schwetzingen which is planned for Friday, June 23rd, from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
We will travel together to Schwetzingen and have a guided tour of the beautiful palace gardens (start at 10.15 am). You will also have a chance to stroll through the gardens independently. After that, we will have lunch in the “Brauhaus zum Ritter” (, which is located very close to the Schwetzingen Palace. We will end the day back at the NAR, where we will enjoy a nice cup of coffee.This trip is an exceptional opportunity to meet your colleagues in a friendly environment and discuss your current and future research projects. Therefore, we would like to invite you all to join this event. We look forward to the opportunity for us all to get together on the 23rd June to exchange ideas, network and form new collaborations.


Date - 26.06.2017
Topic - Introduction to Epidemiology, Reliability of Screening Tests and Issues in Study Designs/ Analysis  
Responsible - Ute Mons, Laura Perna, Tobias Möllers


  • Basic knowledge of Epidemiology: What does Epidemiology do? Disciplines of Epidemiology
  • Knowing different measures for occurrence of disease: Prevalence/Incidence I Mortality
  • Being able to differentiate measures of risks and associations: Relative Risk/ Odds Ratio I Attributable Risk
  • Be aware of measures of reliability of screening tests: Sensitivity and specificity I ROC Curve I Practical example
  • Difference between Bias I Confounding I Interaction (and solutions)

08.30 - Welcome I U. Mons
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - Risks and Associations I T. Möllers
12.00 - Lunch break
13.00 - Screening Tests for Dementia I L. Perna
14.30 - Coffee break
14.45 - Bias, Confounding, Interaction I T. Möllers
16.30 - End


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Date - 27.06.2017
Topic - Architecture of Dementia-sensitive Hospitals   
Responsible - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gesine Marquardt, Julia Kirch, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uta Pottgiesser, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. L. Hofrichter


  • Specify the challenges in the medical care situation of patients with dementia in the acute care hospital
  • Outline common research methods used in the architectural discipline and discuss their chances and limitations
  • Describe the basic design principles of a dementia-sensitive environment in acute-care setting
  • Characterize main conceptual criteria of a specialized geriatric ward including relevant environmental aspects (site visit GISAD)

09.00 - Welcome I J. Kirch
09.15 - Research in Architecture I U. Pottgiesser
10.15 - Coffee break
10.30 - Dementia-sensitive Architecture in Acute-care Settings I G. Marquardt
11.15 - Die Versorgungssituation von Menschen mit Demenz im Akutkrankenhaus - Untersuchung anhand von Routinedaten (in German) T. Motzek
12.00 - Lunch break
13.00 - Healthcare Building Design (in German) I L. Hofrichter  
15.00 - Guided tour „GISAD“ I T. Zieschang
15.30 - Final Discussion I J. M. Bauer


Date - 28.06.2017
Topic - Advance Care Planning (ACP) Detection of Delirium  
Responsible - Henrike Voß, Claudia Eckstein


  • Basics of Advance Care Planning
  • Inside view of an ACP-interview
  • Self-awareness by an ACP-value-sheet
  • Knowledge about multifactorial development of delirium
  • Insight into testing-aspects
  • Apply of the latest testing-manual (4AT, 2014)

08.00 I Welcome I K. Beyreuther, B. Teichmann
08.30 I Presentation I H. Burkhardt
10.00 I Coffee break
10.30 I Workshop I: “Testing of Delirium” I C. Eckstein
12.00 I Lunch break
13.00 I Workshop II: “Values and Attitudes towards Death” I H. Voß
14.30 I Coffee break
14.45 I Presentation I A. Kruse
16.30 I End


Date - 29.06.2017
Topic - Care of People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals  
Responsible - Mara Gkioka, Julia Schneider


  • Overview of current findings of aging in Germany
  • Insight into approaches of dementia care in Acute-care Hospitals in different countries
  • Get to know educational programs in Greece and Germany
  • What can we learn from a specialised geriatric ward?
  • Features of an outpatient geriatric rehabilitation

08.00 - Welcome I M. Gkioka, J. Schneider
08.30 - The 7th aging report of the German government – Results and Findings I A. Kruse
10.00 - Coffee break
10.30 - Impressions of the Robert-Bosch Study Tours to Great Britain and Norway I B. Teichmann
11.00 - Current approaches of Dementia Care and Research in Greece I M. Gkioka
11.30 - Overview of Dementia Training Programs in German hospitals – current status I J. Schneider
12.00 - Lunch break
12.50 - Half day trip to the Diakonissenkrankenhaus Karlsruhe Departure time 13.04 (Bismarckplatz)
14.30 - Guided tour of the geriatric ward and the outpatient geriatric rehabilitation day clinic of the Diakonissenkrankenhaus Karlsruhe
16.30 - End


Date - 30.06.2017
Topic - Dementia
Responsible - Prof. Dr. Hans Förstl, Apl. Prof. Dr. Klaus Hauer

LEARNING TARGETS (to be announced)

08.00 - Welcome
08.30 - Interaction with patients at the Bethanien Hospital
12.30 - Lunch break
13.30 - Dementia I H. Förstl
16.30 - End

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Vita in alphabetical order

I Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Konrad Beyreuther
Konrad Beyreuther is Director of the Network Aging Research (NAR) of Heidelberg University (since 2007 – present), Senior Professor at Heidelberg University (since 2009) and Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology at the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg University (ZMBH). Prof. Beyreuther‘s research interests include the molecular and clinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, with special emphasis on Alzheimer‘s disease and other dementia disorders. He has published over 400 papers on these subjects. Prof. Beyreuther is the recipient of the 1990 Potamkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology, the 1991 MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, the 1991 Prix de Fondation IPSEN pour la Recherche Thérapeutique la Maladie d‘Alzheimer & les Démences Sénile, the 1995 Klaus-Joachim-Zuelch-Prize for Neurology, the 1997 King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, the 2002 Alzheimer’s Association’s Lifetime Achievements Award, and the 2006 Lenox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine . In 2004 his achievements were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a recipient of the Honours Doctoral Degree in Medicine from University of Kuopio, Finland and was elected as member of EMBO, the Heidelberg Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2007 he was appointed as Founding Director, Network Aging Research and in 2009, Senior Professor of Heidelberg University, Germany.

I Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen M. Bauer
In September 2016, Juergen M. Bauer took over the newly established chair for geriatric medicine at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 2010 he had been appointed director of the newly formed Geriatrics Centre Oldenburg, Germany, which since 2012 forms part of the medical campus of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked as assistant medical director at the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. His research work and academic career was supported by a four-year scholarship of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation. Before moving into the field of geriatric medicine Juergen M. Bauer was trained in gastroenterology and as a specialist in clinical nutrition. In recent years, Juergen M. Bauer’s research interest has focused on nutrition and its relationship with functionality in older persons. He has been a member of several international expert groups that worked on the definitions of sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. Between 2012 and 2015 he contributed to various consensus and research papers that focused on protein intake and amino acid supplementation in older adults. Juergen M. Bauer is a member of several national and international medical societies including the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). In 2010 he was honored to become a member of the ESPEN faculty.
Since 2015 he has been working as a co-editor of Clinical Nutrition. From 2007 until 2015 he was a member of the executive board of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS). Since 2015 Juergen M. Bauer has been a member of the committee of the scientific advisors of the International Osteporosis Foundation (IOF) and in September 2016, Juergen M. Bauer was elected president of the German Geriatrics Society (DGG). Already in 2007 Juergen M. Bauer had been awarded the honorary prize of the German Geriatric Society.

I Nacera Belala
2009 - 2014    Study of Sports Science, Potsdam University and Hildesheim University  
2013 - 2014    Research assistant at the department of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Potsdam University
since 2013     Certified personal trainer, Academy of Sports and Health, Berlin  
2014 - 2015    Research assistant at the department of Sports Science, Hildesheim University
2015 - 2016    Sports referent, KSB Nienburg e.V. and LSB Niedersachsen e.V., Lower Saxony
since 2016     Doctoral student at the Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University

I Dr. Rainer Beurskens
Background: PhD in Sports Science
Expertise: Intervention studies in the field of exercise in (frail) older adults, biomechanics
of gait and posture in medical patients, systematic reviews, meta-analysis

I Dr. Heinrich Burkhardt
since 2011     Director of the Geriatric Centre, Medical Department of Universitätsmedizin Mannheim
2009 - 2011   Senior Consultant in the Medical Department of Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, primarily geriatrics, last provisional director
since 2000     Member of the Center for Gerontopharmacology of Universitätsmedizin Mannheim    
2009               Qualification to lecture in Internal Medicine (Habilitation), „Pharmacotherapy by the eldery“, Medical Faculty of Mannheim, Heidelberg University
1999 - 2009  Senior Physician of the Geriatric Centre, Medical Department of Universitätsmedizin Mannheim
2004               Qualified in Clinical Geriatrics
1998 - 1999  Assistant Physician in the Medical Department of Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, primarily Geriatrics
1998               Specialist for Internal Medicine
1995 - 1998  Professional activity in Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation Clinic Heidelberg - Königstuhl
1993               Doctorate with the psychosomatic thesis „Bulimia nervosa and metabolism of cortisol“, Gießen, Justus-Liebig-Universität
1990 - 1995  Professional activity in Internal Medicine at the Protestant hospital of Gießen
1989               Research Assistant at the Differential Psychology Institut, Justus-Liebig-University
1981 - 1989  Study of Medicine, Gießen, Justus-Liebig-Universität University

I Claudia Eckstein
since 2017       Member of the Graduate Program „People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals”, NAR, Heidelberg University
2015 - 2016     Research Assistant in the project OPEN, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart (DHBW)
2014 - 2015     Student Assistant in the project ANKOM, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences     
2014 - 2015     Master´s Study Program „Nursing Science“, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences      
2010 - 2014     Bachelor’s Study Program „Nursing Education“, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
1999 - 2015     Professional activity as a Nurse (Emergency Room, Intermediate Care) and Clinical Instructor at the School for Nursing Professions at the Ludwigsburg Clinic (Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Clinic for Neurosurgery and Clinic of Gastroenterology)
1996 - 1999     Training as a Nurse at the Ludwigsburg Clinic

I Prof. Dr. Hans Förstl
1976 - 1982    Studium der Humanmedizin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
1983 - 1987    Weiterbildung in Klinischer Neurologie, Städtischen Krankenhaus Bogenhausen
1987 - 1989    Weiterbildung in Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, ZI Mannheim
1990                 Arzt für Neurologie
1991                 Arzt für Psychiatrie
1992                 Habilitation in Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universität Heidelberg
1993 - 1996    C3-Professur, ZI Mannheim
1996 - 1997    Lehrstuhl für Psychiatrie, Charles Gairdner University of Western Australia, Perth
seit 1997         Direktor der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der Technischen Universität München

I Prof. Dr. Lutz Frölich
Lutz Frölich studied medicine at the Universities of Kiel, Heidelberg and Kentucky, and completed his doctoral studies in 1982. After his post-doctoral qualification, he became a Professor (apl.) of Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Frankfurt am Main. Since 2003 he is Head of the Department for Geriatric Psychiatry at the ZI Mannheim, and Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Medical Faculty of Mannheim (University of Heidelberg). Since 2002, he has been a member of the board and Chief Organizing Officer at Kompetenznetz Demenzen e.V.; since 2007 he has been a founding member, and member of the executive board at the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium EADC; since 2010, he has been a member of the steering committee for the dementia guidelines at DGPPN as well as at WFSBP. Also, since 2010, he has been part of the WHO’s “Advisory Group for Diseases of the Nervous System and mental and Behavioural Disorders”.

I Mara Gkioka
since 2016    Member of the NAR „Graduate Program “People with Dementia  in Acute-care Hospitals”, Heidelberg University
since 2014    Researcher collaborator with Prof. Magda Tsolaki, Neuropsychiatrist of School of Medicine, Aristotle University Thessaloniki
2015 - 2016  Researcher at “Masitinib’s effect on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Evaluate efficacy and safety of masitinib combination with cholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine to placebo in combination with cholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine. A 24-week prospective, multicentre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 3-parallel group”
2014 - 2016   Researcher at NILVAD, “A European multicentre double-blind placebo-controlled phase III trial of nilvadipine in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease”
2014 - 2015    Researcher at: ‘’ARCHIMIDIS’’ project. “Dementia and Diabetes”
2014 - 2015    Researcher at: JPND research. “Biomarkers in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease” (BIOMARKAPD)
2012 - 2014    Psychologist Counselor in children with or without special needs
2008 - 2008    Psychologist Counselor in vulnerable groups, Department of Health, Prefecture of West Attica – Elefsina, Greece
2008 - 2011    Aristotle University – Thessaloniki, Greece Master`s Degree Program in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
2002 - 2007    Aristotle University – Thessaloniki, Greece Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

I Patrick Heldmann
Background: M.Sc. in Physical Therapy
Expertise: Systematic reviews in acutely hospitalized patients, clinical trials in Health Related-Patient Reported Outcomes (HR-PRO), certified physical therapist.

I Apl. Prof. Dr. Klaus Hauer
Background: PhD in Sports Science and Medicine
Expertise: Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, clinical studies in the field of exercise in frail older adults. DKV National Cochrane award winner 2006 for evidence-based medicine (systematic review).

I Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Linus Hofrichter
Linus Hofrichter ist Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der sander.hofrichter architekten GmbH, Gesellschaft für Architektur und Generalplanung. Das Büro verwirklicht Projekte im Bereich der sozialen Infrastruktur mit den Schwerpunkten Gesundheit und Bildung. Allein in den letzten 10 Jahren sind 60 Krankenhäuser und Bauten des Gesundheitswesens und 40 Einrichtungen für Menschen mit Einschränkungen, Sozialpädiatrische Zentren, Wohn- und Tagesförderstätten, Werkstätten, Therapieeinrichtungen realisiert worden. Herr Hofrichter beschäftigt sich neben dem Entwurf und der Planung intensiv mit der Betriebsorganisation von Krankenhäusern und ist in diesem Bereich auch als Berater tätig. Er ist Professor an der Technischen Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM), Campus Gießen im Fachbereich Life Science Engineering (LSE) für Krankenhausplanung. Seit 2008 Mitglied im Expertenausschuss für DIN-Normung im Krankenhausbau (EDK), Berlin. Seit 2003 Mitglied des Vorstandes des Vereins „Architekten für Krankenhausbau und Gesundheitswesen AKG” Berlin.

I Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Kruse
Studies in Psychology, Philosophy (Universities of Aachen and Bonn) and Music (State Conservatory, Cologne). Doctoral degree in Psychology (Bonn University, summa cum laude et egregia). Habilitation treatise in Psychology (Heidelberg University).
1982 - 1986    Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Psychology (Universität Bonn)
1986 - 1991    Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Gerontology (Heidelberg University)
1991 - 1993    Visiting professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Heidelberg University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Copenhagen, and the University of Lund
1993 - 1997    Professor (chair) in Developmental Psychology and founding director of the Institute of Psychology (Greifswald University)
since 1997     Professor (chair), director of the Institute of Gerontology (Heidelberg University)
2007 - 2011    Dean of the Faculty for Behavioural and Cultural Studies (Heidelberg University)

I Ute Mons
Ute Mons is an epidemiologist at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), where she heads the Cancer Prevention Unit. She holds an M.A. in Sociology and Economics from the University of Heidelberg, and a doctorate in Epidemiology (Dr. sc. hum.) as well as the venia legendi in Epidemiology and Public Health from the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg. Ute Mons has co-authored more than 75 publications, mostly in her main research areas tobacco control, cancer prevention and chronic disease epidemiology.

I Tobias Möllers
Tobias Möllers holds a B.A. in Public Health and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Bremen. During his master studies he worked at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (Department: Prevention & Evaluation, Research group: Applied Health Intervention Research). He is currently a doctoral student at the Network Aging Research in the Graduate Program “People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals”.

I Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gesine Marquardt 
Gesine Marquardt is an Architect and Professor for Social and Health Care Buildings and Design at TU Dresden and head of the Emmy Noether Research Group „Architecture Under Demographic Change“. She investigates ways to design environments for people with specific needs, such as patients in hospitals or people with dementia receiving care. These environments need to be designed in a way that people with disabilities, older adults, and people from different backgrounds can orient themselves easily, interact with each other and at the same time feel comfortable. In 2001, Professor Marquardt cofounded the architectural office Cooperation_4 Architects Dresden which engages in a wide range of design projects, focusing on creating healthy and accessible environments for all users. Also, she consults healthcare businesses, thereby applying her research results to our society. Professor Marquardt was honored with the Kurt Beyer Price and the Georg Helm Price from the TU Dresden in 2007, and with the Deutscher Studienpreis of the Körber foundation in 2008. She was a Postdoc the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore (United States) and a visiting researcher at the University of Stirling (Great Britain). Gesine Marquardt received her PhD at the TU Dresden, after she studied architecture in Stuttgart and New York City.

I Tom Motzek
Tom Motzek, M.Sc studied Gerontology and Health Sciences. His main research topics are living for elderly, dementia-sensible architecture and health care for people with dementia in acute hospitals. From 2010 to 2011 he worked at the Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health at the University of Leipzig. Since 2012, he is research assistant at the research group “Architecture Under Demographic Change”, TU Dresden. He is doctoral candidate at the Center for Evidence-Based Healthcare, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TU Dresden.

I Laura Perna
MSc) works as an epidemiologist at the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). She is a psychologist and holds a Master of Public Health (M.P.H. postgrad.) from the University of Munich (LMU). She is the author of numerous publications and her main areas of research include blood biomarkers of cognitive impairment and dementia.

I Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uta Pottgiesser
Societal Awareness in Architecture and Interior Architecture I Architectural Product Development I Adaptive Re-use of Modern Heritage I Innovative Approaches in Building Construction
since 2017     Professor of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp
2012 - 2016   Dean, Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, HS OWL
2006 - 2011    Vice-President for Research, Development and Internationalisation, HS OWL
since 2004     Professor of Building Construction and Materials, Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, HS OWL,
1998 - 2004   Research and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, TU Dresden and 2002 Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) on “Multilayered Glass Constructions. Energy and Construction”
since 1991     Diploma in Architecture, TU Berlin, Architect and member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects.

I Anton Schönstein
Anton Schönstein is a doctoral student in the Graduate Program “People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals” at the Network Aging Research of Heidelberg University, Germany. He received his Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2017 at the University of Innsbruck. During his studies he completed several internships in clinical, neuropsychological and forensic settings. He also worked as a research assistant in the field of learning and memory. His research interests include diagnostic testing for dementia, psychological diagnostics in general as well as clinical psychology.

I Julia Schneider
since 2016    Scholarship holder at the Postgraduate Program „People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals“, University of Heidelberg
2011 - 2016   Teaching student for Physical Education and Health and Gerontology/ Care, University of Heidelberg
2012               Student assistant at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Heidelberg
2010 - 2011   Volunteer social year at the Kliniken Schmieder, Heidelberg

I Eva-Luisa Schnabel
Eva-Luisa Schnabel is a doctoral student in the Graduate Program “People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals” at the Network Aging Research of Heidelberg University, Germany. She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2014 at the University of Bamberg. After graduating from university, she was working as a research assistant at the Department of Psychological Aging Research at Heidelberg University in the project “Long-Term Care in Motion”. Her research interests include dementia, ageism, communication, and pain.

I Prof. Dr. Martina Schäufele
Martina Schäufele is a Professor at the University of Mannheim. She has expertise in qualitative and quantitative social research, social work, research in long-term care settings as well as survey methodology and analysis. Furthermore, she contributed to the General Hospital Study (GHoSt) which aimed to investigate the prevalence of cognitive impairment among older general hospital patients with a primary somatic diagnosis.

I Dr. Michael Schwenk
2001 - 2007   Study of Sports Science, Heidelberg University  
2011                Doctorate in Exercise Science/ Gerontology, Heidelberg University
2011 - 2012   Postdoc, Bethanien-Hospital, Geriatric Center at Heidelberg University, Germany
2012 - 2014   Postdoc, interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
since 2012    Appointment, Arizona Center on Aging, University of Arizona, AZ, USA
since 2014    Research Associate at the Department of Clinical Gerontology, Robert-Bosch Hospital Stuttgart, Germany
since 2016    Junior Research Group Leader at the Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University, Germany

I Dr. Birgit Teichmann
studied biology and completed her doctoral thesis at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg. Since 2007, when the Network Aging Research was established, she has been working as scientific manager at the Network Aging Research B. Teichmann is one of the scientific directors of the Graduate Program „People with dementia in Acute-care Hospitals“.

I Prof. Dr. Magda Tsolaki
She was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is Professor of Neurology since 2010, Neuropsychiatrist since 1983, and she has worked at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1982. Magda Tsolaki has been the main author of 37 Books, 372 abstracts in Greek Conferences, 296 abstracts in English International or European Conferences, she is the first author or co-author in 178 Papers in Greek and in 298 International Journals with h-index=41, and more than 7805 citations (Scopus). She founded Greek Alzheimer Association in 1995, Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and she is scientific director of two Units for outpatients with all stages of dementia.

I Henrike Voss
Henrike Voß is a doctoral student in the Graduate Program “People with Dementia in the Acute-care Hospitals” at the Network Aging Research. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sport and Movement Gerontology from the German Sport University Cologne (2015) and B.A. in Nursing Education and Theatre Pedagogy from the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg (2011). Prior to her enrollment at Freiburg Henrike worked as a nurse in Germany and Switzerland. She further completed palliative care program at the Maltser Hospital Bonn-Hardtberg. Her main area of research is Advance Care Planning.

I Prof. Dr Hans-Werner Wahl
Hans-Werner Wahl is Senior Professor of the Department of Psychological Aging Research at the Institute of Psychology and co-director of the Network Aging Research of Heidelberg University, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Free University of Berlin in 1989. His research activities include the understanding of the role of physical-technological environments for aging well, adaptational processes in the context of age-related chronic functional loss, processes of awareness of aging in a lifespan perspective, and intervention research.

I Christian Werner
Christian Werner is currently a research associate and  PhD candidate at the Research Department of the Agaplesion Bethanien-Hospital/Geriatric Center at the University of Heidelberg. He obtained his Master of Arts in Sport Science in 2012 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. His research interest is focused on methodological research, development and validation of motor-cognitive assessment methods, development and evaluation of motor-cognitive exercise interventions, and physical activity in geriatric patients with mild to moderate dementia.

I Dr. Tania Zieschang
Forschungsschwerpunkte: Körperliches Training und Sturzerfassung bei Menschen mit Demenz I Behandlung akuterkrankter Menschen mit Demenz im Krankenhaus I Delir bei älteren Krankenhauspatienten. Studium der Humanmedizin in Bochum. Facharztausbildung für Innere Medizin am Bethanien Krankenhaus und an der Medizinischen Klinik der Universität Heidelberg. Zusatzbezeichnung in Klinischer Geriatrie und Palliativmedizin am AGAPLESION Bethanien Krankenhaus Heidelberg. Von 2006 bis 2009 Stipendiatin des Forschungskollegs Geriatrie der Robert Bosch Stiftung.

I Stelios Zygouris 
Stelios Zygouris was born in Thessaloniki on 19 November 1982. He studied psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) before pursuing an MSc in psychoanalysis at University College London (UCL). His clinical experience includes neuropsychological assessment, activity groups for psychiatric in-patients and supportive psychotherapy. Currently he is mostly focused in research, specializing in the use of serious games for the detection of pre-clinical cognitive decline. He is a PhD candidate in a joint program of the AUTH and the Network Aging Research (NAR) of the University of Heidelberg. He receives a scholarship for his PhD studies from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He is also an Atlantic Fellow for equity and brain health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI). He collaborates with the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Relative Disorders (GAADRD), the Information Technologies Institute/ Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH/ ITI) and Cannot Not Design + (CND+) design research organization.
His broader research interests include: design and psychology, computerized neuropsychological assessment, pre-clinical cognitive screening, virtual reality applications and games, and low cost activity monitoring systems for older adults.


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