Prof. Dr. Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter

Group Leader

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
Konrad-Zuse-Str. 1
18057 Rostock

+49 (0) 381 / 498-4393 (Uni Rostock)
+49 (0) 381 / 2081-124 (Rostocker Zentrum)

Group memebers

Name Phone
Anne Fink, M.Sc. Demography, Research Associate +49 (0)381 / 208-1237
Thomas Fritze, Research Associate +49 (0) 381 / 494-9477


In press: 

Doblhammer, G., Fritze, T. (2015): Month of Birth and Dementia Late in Life, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, in press. 

Heneka, M. T., Fink, A. & Doblhammer, G. (2015): Effect of pioglitazone medication on the incidence of dementia. Annals of Neurology, in press. 

Teipel, S., Fritze, T., Ovari, A., Buhr, A., Kilimann, I., Witt, G., Pau, HW, Doblhammer, G. (2015): Regional pattern of dementia and hearing impairment prevalence in Germany, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, in press. 

Fink, A. & Doblhammer, G. (2015): Risk of long-term care dependence for dementia patients is associated with type of physician – An analysis of German health claims data for the years 2006 to 2010. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, in press.

Peer-reviewed journals:


Doblhammer, G., Fink, A., Fritze, T: Short-Term Trends in Dementia Prevalence in Germany Between the Years 2007 and 2009, Alzheimer’s & Dementia (2015): 11(3) 291–299 


Fritze, T., Doblhammer, G., van den Berg, G.J.: Can individual conditions during childhood mediate or moderate the long-term cognitive effects of poor economic environments at birth?, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 119 (2014): 240-248, 


Doblhammer, G., van den Berg, G.J., Fritze, T. (2013): Economic Conditions at the Time of Birth and Cognitive Abilities Late in Life: Evidence from Ten European Countries, PLOS ONE, 

Doblhammer, G., Fink, A., Fritze, T. (2013) The Demography and Epidemiology of Dementia, Geriatric Mental Health Care 1(2): 29-33; DOI: 10.1016/j.gmhc.2013.04.002 


Bach, J.-P., Ziegler, U., Deuschl, G., Dodel, R., Doblhammer-Reiter, G. (2011): Projected numbers of people with movement disorders in the years 2030 and 2050, Movement Disorders, Vol. 26, Issue 12 (2011), p2286 - 2290  


Christensen, K., Doblhammer, G., Rau, R., Vaupel, J.W. (2009): Ageing populations: the challenges ahead, Lancet 374: 1196–208. 

Ziegler, U., Doblhammer, G. (2009): Prävalenz und Inzidenz von Demenz in Deutschland. Eine Studie auf Basis von Daten der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherungen von 2002, Das Gesundheitswesen, 71: 281-290.   


Doblhammer, G., Schulz, A., Steinberg, J., Ziegler, U. (2012): Demografie der Demenz,  Hans-Huber Verlag, Bern.  

Doblhammer, G. (2004): The Late Life Legacy of Very Early Life, Springer Verlag,  Online-Version: 

Edited Volumes:  

Doblhammer, Gabriele (Ed.) (2015): Health among the Elderly in Germany: New Evidence on Disease, Disability and Care Need. Series on Population Studies by the Federal Institute for Population Research, Volume 46, Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich. 

Book Chapters: 


Fink, A. (2014): Dementia and Long-Term Care – An Analysis Based on German Health Insurance Data, in Doblhammer, G. (Ed.) (2015): Health among the Elderly in Germany: New Evidence on Disease, Disability and Care Need. Series on Population Studies by the Federal Institute for Population Research, Volume 46, Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich. 

Doblhammer, G., Fritze, T., Teipel, S. (2015): Regional Patterns of Dementia in Germany and Their Relationship with Chronic Disease, in Doblhammer, Gabriele (Ed.) (2015): Health among the Elderly in Germany: New Evidence on Disease, Disability and Care Need. Series on Population Studies by the Federal Institute for Population Research, Volume 46, Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich. 


Ziegler, U., Doblhammer, G. (2010): Projections of the Number of People with Dementia in Germany 2002 through 2047. In: Doblhammer, G., Scholz, R. (ed.): Ageing, Care Need and Quality of Life, VS Verlag, Wiesbaden, S. 94 – 113

Curriculum Vitae

Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter studied Statistics at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in 1997 in the fields of demography and statistics. She worked as a research scientist from 1995 to 1998 at the Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. From 1995 to 1996, she was a guest scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg (Austria), yet also in 1996-1997 at the Institute for Family Research in Vienna. As senior research scientist and science coordinator, she worked  at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, in the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity from 1997 to 2004. In 2002, Doblhammer-Reiter has been visiting Associate Professor at the Stanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, North Carolina. Since 2004, she is Professor for Empirical Methods in Social Sciences and Demography at the University of Rostock. She is Executive Director of the Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change (since 2006) and is distinguished research scholar at the MPIDR (since 2008). Among other things, she is a reviewer for professional journals (e.g. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) or Social Science and Medicine) and reviewer for funding organizations (e. g. German Research Foundation (DFG), Fund for Scientific Research (FWF)). Since 2009 Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter is working for the DZNE in Bonn and Rostock / Greifswald.

Areas of investigation/research focus

Background and Aim:
Since more and more people reach high ages, neurodegenerative diseases, especially dementia, become an important issue of our society.
Valid data sources for the estimation of the temporal and spatial extent as well as of the costs of dementia hardly exist. However, a reliable data base of the present number of demented people is indispensable for projections of the future number of people with dementia and the associated medical costs and care need.
Therefore, we aim to establish a national dementia registry which should be preferably based on data from the German public health insurance funds. Further, we aim to create a legal base for the construction of the dementia registry which regulates permanently regulates the access to the data from the German public health insurance funds.

In a joint study with the “Wissenschaftliches Institut der AOK”, (WIdO) we use routine data for research in the field of dementia. In this study, we firstly check the validity of the routine data. Secondly, we use the data for an estimation of administrative dementia prevalence and incidence of the insured population of the AOK. Further aims of the study are to identify demographic and disease-related risk factors of dementia diagnosis and to generate reliable estimates of the medical costs of dementia. Additionally, we intend to analyze the transition into care need and into institution after having received the diagnosis “dementia”. 
A second project is initiated in collaboration with the „Medizinischer Dienst des Spitzenverbandes Bund der Krankenkassen (MDS)”. In Germany, the ascertainment of care need, which is associated with the right to benefits from the statutory nursing care insurance, is performed by an expert assessment of the “Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung (MDK)”. The expert decides whether a person is entitled to receive benefits and documents the diagnosis. The MDS collects the data of the assessment from all regional offices and provides statistics about care need for total Germany. This data, covering all applications in Germany, will be analyzed exploring the question to what extent the entitlement of care need is correlated with the diagnosis of dementia.

Further Studies in Collaboration with the DZNE Rostock/Greifswald:
1. Population Aging and its Impact on Dementia Trends

  • Health Registers – Past Trends and Future Developments of Dementia
  • Handbook: “Demography of Dementia”

2. Care Need and Quality of Life (QoL)

  • Quality of Life (QoL) of People in Need of Care with Special Emphasis on People with Cognitive Impairments (SHARE Data)
  • Comparison of Results from the DelpHi-MV-Study with national and international data

3. Trends and Patterns in Cognitive Impairment

  • Trends and Determinants of Severe Cognitive Impairment (SHARE Data)
  • Early Life Conditions and Cognitive Impairment Later in Life (SHARE Data)