iHEART-SA Team Profiles:

Michael Laxy PhD

Dr. Laxy currently heads the research unit, Economics and Management of Diabetes, at the Institute of Health Economics and Health Care Management at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. This unit consists of an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the field of economics, epidemiology, public health, statistics and medicine. Dr. Laxy’s research concentrates on the description of chronic disease burden and on the evaluations of prevention and treatment strategies in the field of metabolic diseases, particularly related to physical activity, healthy diet and health behavior. Additional focus lies on the analysis of health policies targeting health behavior and on the identification of barriers and drivers for health behavior. He is a co-investigator of the population-based KORA Research Platform and responsible for the fields of health economics and global health at the German Center of Diabetes Research. In 2017/2018 he was awarded the Harkness Fellowship for Health Care Policy and Practice of the Commonwealth Fund/B. Braun Foundation where he analyzed with colleagues from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention the cost-effectiveness of diabetes prevention strategies (project description). Dr. Laxy received his doctorate in 2016 from the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München.

In joint work with EGDRC faculty, Dr. Laxy studies the economic implications of various US strategies for management and preventions of diabetes and leads economic evaluations of diabetes intervention studies in India (e.g., D-CLIP and INDEPENDENT).

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