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Heidelberg Research to Practice Group Coordination Team

Privatdozent Dr. Olaf Horstick, FFPH (UK)

apl. Prof. Dr. Volker Winkler

Privatdozent Dr. Valerie Louis

Dr. Peter Dambach

Dr. Andreas Deckert

The Heidelberg Research to Practice Group is focusing on systematic reviews as a tool to present research for policy recommendations, but also as a concept for gap analysis.
We are considering all sub-types of reviews in the "family" of systematic reviews, depending on the research question. This may be evidence mapping, scoping reviews, systematic reviews, meta reviews and meta-analysis, for example.

We are particularly working with our MSc and PhD candidates, who like to answer research questions with the abovementioned methodology. In particular, systematic reviews are an especially well-suited tool to grasp the whole current picture of a specific research topic when starting a PhD

But we are also working with our partners, such as the World Health Organization, to answer relevant research questions that are important for current global health issues, through systematic reviews.

This also defines our organisational structure, we have a coordination team, presented here, and we create subgroups of researchers ad hoc and in relation to the topics to be addressed, for each systematic review.
We consider ourselves as partners in the field of linking research to practice, using clear and sound scientific methododology to help this process.

Recent publications of the Heidelberg Research to Practice group

· Dambach P, Mahenge B, Mashasi I, Muya A, Barnhart DA, Bärnighausen TW, et al. Socio-demographic characteristics and risk factors for HIV transmission in female bar workers in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic literature review. BMC Public Health. 2020;20:697. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32414352/

· Antia K, Boucsein J, Deckert A, Dambach P, Račaitė J, Šurkienė G, Jaenisch T, Horstick O, Winkler V (2020) Effects of international labour migration on the mental health and well-being of left-behind children: A Systematic Literature Review, International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health, 2020

· Buhler C, Winkler V, Boyce R, Runge-Ranzinger S, Horstick O (2019)  Environmental methods for dengue vector control: a systematic literature review, PLOS NTD July 2019, http://www.plosntds.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pntd.0007420

· Horstick O, Runge-Ranzinger S (2019) Multisectoral approaches for the control of vector-borne diseases, with particular emphasis on dengue and housing, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene March 2019 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/trz020

· Runge-Ranzinger S, Morrison A, Manrique P, Horstick O (2019) Zika transmission patterns, a meta-review, TMIH February 2019, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/tmi.13216

· Horstick O, Boyce R, Runge-Ranzinger S (2019)  Dengue vector control: linking research and practice, Pathogens and Global Health 2019.


· Espinal MA, Andrus JK, Jauregui B, Waterman SH, Morens DM, Santos JI, Horstick O, Francis LA, Olson D (2019) Emerging and re-emerging Aedes-transmitted arbovirus infections in the Region of the Americas: implications for health policy, American Journal for Public Health 2019 Mar;109(3):387-392. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304849. Epub 2019 Jan 24.

· Wilder Smith A, Ooi EE, Horstick O, Wills B (2019) Dengue: Lancet clinical seminars Lancet. 2019 Jan 26;393(10169):350-363. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32560-1.

· Horstick O, Runge Ranzinger S (2018)  Vector control with a focus on household as allocation unit: A systematic literature review of its effectiveness, Lancet ID, http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/laninf/PIIS1473-3099(17)30422-X.pdf

· Horstick O, Boyce R, Runge-Ranzinger S (2017) Dengue vector control: assessing what works? South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 2017 Vol 48, Supplement 1, pp 181 – 195, http://asianpids.org/file/AW%20SAJ%202017v48n1%20(Book)_Servere%20Dengue.pdf

· Horstick O, Runge-Ranzinger S (2017)  WHO 2009 guidelines and case classification: an update and short report, South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 2017 Vol 48, Supplement 1, pp 68 – 74, http://asianpids.org/file/AW%20SAJ%202017v48n1%20(Book)_Servere%20Dengue.pdf

· Maoz D, Ward T, Samuel M, Mueller P, Runge Ranzinger S, Toledo J, Boyce R, Velayudhan R, Horstick O (2017) Community Effectiveness of Pyriproxyfen as a Dengue Vector Control Method: A Systematic Review, PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11(7): e0005651. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005651

· Samuel M, Maoz D, Manrique P, Ward T, Runge Ranzinger S, Toledo J, Boyce R, Velayudhan R, Horstick O (2017) Community Effectiveness of Indoor Spraying as a Dengue Vector Control Method: A Systematic Review (in print PLOS NTD 2017)

· Ward T, Samuel M, Maoz D, Runge Ranzinger S, Toledo J, Boyce R, Velayudhan R, Horstick O (2017) Dengue surveillance in Tanzania: A Systematic Review, TMIH 2017, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tmi.12903/full

· Henley P, Elango V, Horstick O, Ahmad RA, Maure C, Launois P, Merle C, Nabieva J, Mahendradhata Y (2017)  Good Health Research Practice: the missing link to ensuring quality across all health research in humans, Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:28

· Runge-Ranzinger S, Kroeger A, Olliaro P, McCall PJ, Sánchez Tejeda G, Lloyd L, Hakim L Bowman LR, Horstick O, Coelho G (2016) Dengue contingency planning: from research to policy and practice, PLOS NTD, September 21, 2016


· Mahendradhata Y, Nabieva J, Ahmad RA, Henley P, Launois P, Merle C, Maure C, Horstick O, Elango V (2016)  Promoting   Good   Health   Research   Practices   in   Low-   and   Middle- Income Countries, Global Health Action 05.08.2106 http://www.globalhealthaction.net/index.php/gha/article/view/32474

· Saadatian-Elahi M, Horstick O, Breiman R, Gessner B, Gubler DJ, Louis J, Parashar U, Tapia R, Picot V, Zinsou JA, Nelson CB (2016)  Beyond efficacy: The full public health impact of vaccines, Vaccines January 2016

· Toledo J, George L, Martinez E, Lazaro A, Han WW, Coelho GE, Runge Ranzinger S, Horstick O (2016)  Relevance of non-communicable comorbidities for the development of the severe forms of dengue: a systematic literature review, PLOS NTD 2016

· Horstick O, Martinez E, Guzman MG, Cruz O, San Martin JL, Runge Ranzinger S, supported by the PAHO expert panel on dengue case classification (2015) WHO Dengue Case Classification 2009 and its usefulness in practice: an expert consensus in the Americas. Pathogens and Global Health, 2015, Vol 109, No 1, pp 19 – 25

· George L, Lenhart A, Han WW, Lazaro A, Toledo J, Velayudhan R, Runge Ranzinger S, Horstick O (2015) Community-effectiveness of Temephos for dengue vector control: a systematic review, PLOS NTD 2015

· Han WW, McCall P, Lazara A, George L, Toledo J, Velayudhan R, Runge Ranzinger S, Horstick  (2015)  Larvivorous fish for dengue vector control: a systematic review, TMIH 2015

· Lazaro A, Han WW, Manrique Saide P, George L, Toledo J, Velayudhan R, Runge Ranzinger S, Horstick O (2015) Copepods for dengue vector control: a systematic review, TMIH, Vol 20, Issue 6, pp 685 – 706 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tmi.12485/abstract 

· Horstick O, Tozan Y, Wilder-Smith A (2015) Reviewing dengue: Still a neglected tropical disease? PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4) http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003632

· Horstick O, Runge Ranzinger R (2015) Reviewing the evidence for dengue vector control. An interim analysis of the contribution of high level evidence - such as systematic literature reviews - for dengue vector control, South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 2015 Vol 46, Supplement 1, pp 131 – 137

· Horstick O, Runge Ranzinger R (2015) Reporting progress on the use of the WHO 2009 dengue case classification. South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. 2015 Vol 46, Supplement 1, pp 49 – 54

· Horstick O, Jaenisch T, Martinez E, Kroeger A, See LL, Farrar J, Ranzinger SR (2014) Comparing the Usefulness of the 1997 and 2009 WHO Dengue Case Classification: A
Systematic Literature Review. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Sep 3;91(3):621-34 ,


· Runge Ranzinger S, Marx M, Kroeger A, Horstick O (2014) Dengue diseases surveillance: an updated systematic literature review, TMIH Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 1116-60, September 2014


· Louis VR, Phalkey R, Horstick O, Ratanawong P, Wilder-Smith A, Tozan Y, Dambach P (2014) Modelling tools for dengue risk mapping – a systematic review, International Journal of Health Geographics, 2014 13;50

· Horstick O, Morrison A (2014) Dengue surveillance globally, what are the issues?, PLOS NTD, PLOS NTD September 2014  http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003311

· Lu W, Zhou S, Horstick O, Wang X, Liu J, Mueller O (2014) Malaria outbreaks in Chin (1990 – 2013): a systematic review, Malaria Journal August 2014, 13/269

· Camacho S, Horstick O, Sax S (2014) Orphans from the Mexican drug war conflict – a public health problem? Revista de la Organizacion Panamericana de Salud, October 2014, 36(2) 20114 94-100

· Boyce R, Lenhart A, Kroeger A, Velayudhan R, Horstick O (2013) Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) for the control of dengue vectors: A systematic review, TMIH Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 564–577, May 2013