Prof. Dr. Gabriele Doblhammer

Group Leader
Professor for Empirical Methods in Social Sciences and Demography at the University of Rostock

c/o Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Soziologie und Demographie
University Rostock
Ulmenstr. 69
D - 18057 Rostock

+49 (0) 381 / 498-4393 (University Rostock)

Group members

Name Phone
M. Sc. Anne Fink, Research Associate +49 (0)381 / 498-4070
M. Sc. Thomas Fritze, Research Associate +49 (0) 381 / 498-4071
M. Sc. Michael Nerius, Research Associate +49 (0) 381 / 498-4399


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

I. Population Ageing and its Impact on Dementia Trends

Dementia in Germany – Past Trends and Future Developments
In collaboration with the DZNE Bonn

On the basis of a large data set with more than 2 million people from the German public sickness funds (GKV), administrative prevalences and incidences of dementia are calculated. Results are used for projection assumptions. In addition, the costs of dementia are analyzed and static cost projections of people with dementia are performed.

Handbook: Demography of Dementia
In collaboration with the DZNE Bonn

There is a long list of books on dementia and the epidemiology of dementia. However, literature on the demography of dementia is less common. With this book we want to give an overview of dementia within a demographic context: Why is dementia so important against the background of increasing life expectancy and worldwide population aging? How did health in general develop over the last decades and what can we learn from these trends in terms of dementia? Data for the analysis of dementia prevalence, incidence and risk factors for Germany and internationally will be described and critically discussed. Projections of people with dementia will be shown and evaluated against their projection assumptions. Furthermore, the costs of dementia, one of the most expensive disorders, will be reviewed and cost projections for Germany will be presented. Finally, the consequences for the society will be discussed.

II. Care Need and Quality of Life

Quality of Life (QoL) of People in Need of Care
In collaboration with the Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change, Rostock

Using the SHARE Survey we explore the QoL of people in need of care with special emphasis on the family situation, the type of care, the welfare regime and people with cognitive impairments. A social network usually enhances QoL. Questions are whether parent-child relations are always supportive and whether different welfare states with different institutional settings influence the care type and the QoL?

DelpHi-MV-Study (Demenz – lebenswelt- und patientenzentrierte Hilfen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) 
In collaboration with the Institute for Community Medicine, Greifswald

In the framework of the DelpHi-MV-Study we compare the results with data from national and international studies.

III. Trends and Patterns in Cognitive Impairment

The Effect of the Business Cycle at the Time of Birth on Cognitive Impairment Later in Life
In collaboration with Gerard van den Berg, University of Mannheim

The effects of early life conditions on late-life health and mortality have been repeatedly demonstrated. The question whether early life conditions influence cognitive functioning later in life is unresolved albeit there is some indication from nun studies about the correlation between early life linguistic ability and late life cognitive function, and neuropathology. We use the first two waves of the SHARE survey to study the effect of the business cycle at the time of birth on cognitive function at age 50+.

Trends and Determinants of Severe Cognitive Impairment (SCI)

Using the SHARE survey this study explores risk factors of SCI: socio-demographic, socio-economic, physical and mental health, lifestyle variables and several illnesses.

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