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Heidelberg Health Economics Summer / Winter School

Health Economics Winter School 2023

It was another success! The Division of Health Economics (DKFZ), along with the University of Heidelberg, organized once again—after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic—a well-received "summer school", this time in winter. The Health Economics Winter School 2023 took place from February 6-10 at Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. Participants with various backgrounds met with top leaders from the health care sector (i.e., academia, public institutions and industry) to share views on the most relevant challenges in health economics.

A major branch of health economics is concerned with the study of how scarce healthcare resources are allocated among competing health care programs and by implication, among different groups in society. The Winter School offered the theoretical underpinnings as well as practical application of conventional health economic evaluations, in particular health technology assessments, which are used to inform health care decision makers in charge of allocating scarce resources.

This Winter School comprised two modules. Module A provided an introduction to the discipline of health economics, providing participants with an overview of the economics of health and health care. Module B was based on a mix of state of the art lecture presentations and interactive discussion sessions with faculty. It highlighted current issues in the use of health economics to inform market access and reimbursement decisions.

More detailed information regarding the speakers and presentations can be found here, and images from the event are here.

International Speakers

Prof. Amanda Adler, NICE, London & Oxford University, UK

Dr. Richard Baird, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Andrew Bruce, Amgen, International Health Policy, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Thomas Butt, BioMarin, London, UK

Dr. Cinzia Brunelli, National Cancer Institute of Milan, Italy

Prof. Heiner Bucher, University of Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Søren Holm, University of Manchester, UK & University of Oslo, Norway

Gergő Merész, National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Budapest, Hungary

Ass. Prof. Jorge Mestre-Ferrandiz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Prof. Daniel Ollendorf, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

Prof. Ulf Persson, Swedish Institute of Health Economics (IHE), Lund, Sweden

Prof. Maarten Postma, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Prof. Gérard de Pouvourville, ESSEC Business School, Paris, France

Prof. Jeffrey Richardson, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Michael Schlander, DKFZ & University of Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Nils Wilking, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Health Economics Summer School 2019

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) Division of Health Economics in collaboration with Hochschule Heilbronn and University of Heidelberg organized the Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2019. It was held at the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg during the first week of July 2019.

In the Summer School 2019 the need for broader or alternative concepts that capture citizens’ social norms and preferences and the search for alternatives were the focus of the discussion. Potential implications for cost value assessments of orphan medicinal products, gene and CAR-T cell therapies, and “personalized medicine” were addressed by a group of international experts in Health Technology Assessment, evidence-based medicine, health economics, and medical ethics.

International speakers

Prof. Silvio Garattini, IRCCS – Istituto di Richerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy

Dr. Ansgar Hebborn, Head European Access Policy Affairs, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland

Prof. Søren Holm, University of Manchester, UK & University of Oslo, Norway

Dr. Mohit Jain, London, UK

Prof. Maarten Postma, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Prof. Gérard de Pouvourville, ESSEC - École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciale, Paris, France

Prof. Jeffrey Richardson, Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Wendelin Schramm, University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn, Germany

Prof. Michael Schlander, DKFZ & University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Oriol de Sola-Morales, IISPV & Universitat Internacional Catalunya (UIC), Spain

Prof. Adrian Towse, The Office of Health Economics, London, UK


We invite you to take a look at photos from the HESS 2019

For more information, here you can find HESS 2019 agenda.

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