Bio: Christian Apfelbacher

With a background in health sciences and public health, and a PhD in epidemiology (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and health services research (Brighton and Sussex Medical School), I am currently Acting Professor of Medical Sociology at the Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Regensburg, Germany and Visiting Research Fellow at the Division of Public Health and Primary Care in Brighton, U.K.

I am also a Steering Group member of the European Dermato-Epidemiology Network (EDEN).

One of my research interests is centred around the epidemiology of skin and allergic diseases, both from a population-based and a clinical perspective. In population-based studies, I have a particular interest in the role of psychosocial cofactors of eczema in causing and maintaining disease. In clinical epidemiology, I am interested in the use of routine and registry data to understand the complexities of real-world treatment effectiveness in allergic diseases and have contributed significantly to the German hand eczema registry.

More recently, I have developed a strong methodological interest in patient-reported outcome measurement and lead the Quality of Life Working Group within the Harmonising Outcome Measures in Eczema (HOME) initiative. I believe that existing quality of life measures need to be improved both in terms of patient involvement and the robustness of psychometric validation.