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Professional appointments

  • Professor in general practice in general practice with main focus on addiction research and clinical epidemiology at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (D), with honorary appointments at:
  • Maastricht University (NL)
  • University College London (UK)
  • University of Edinburgh (UK)

Training and education (selection)

  • PhD degree, Maastricht University, 2008
  • Master’s degree Epidemiology (cum laude), Maastricht University, 2006
  • Master’s degree Health Sciences, Maastricht University, 2003
  • Diploma Physiotherapy, University of Professional Education Arnhem and Nijmegen, 2000

Management positions and memberships (selection)

  • Head, Addiction Research and Clinical Epidemiology unit, 2015-present (www.uniklinik-duesseldorf.de)
  • President, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe, 2017-present (www.srnteurope.eu)
  • Co-founder and member of the steering committee, Netherlands Network of Tobacco Research, 2013-present (www.nnvt.org)
  • Member, International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme, 2008-present  (www.phc.ox.ac.uk)

Main research interests

  • Tobacco addiction: effectiveness of behavioural and pharmacological treatments
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): prediction modelling, early detection, prevention
  • Clinical epidemiology: research methodology and reporting

Current major funding programs

  • NRW Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research: “Treating tobacco addiction: new clinical approaches” (PI: €1,250,000)
  • EU Horizon 2020: “Tobacco cessation within TB programmes” (Co-PI: €2,999,829)
  • German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG): “Training general practitioners in brief stop-smoking advice” (PI: €399,804)

Contributions to scientific meetings (selection)

  • Scientific program committee chair: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Europe, Munich (D), 06-09-2018
  • Scientific program committee: German Society for General Practice and Family Medicine (DEGAM). Düsseldorf (D): 21-09-2017
  • Conference co-chair: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Florence (IT), 08-03-2017Keynote lecture: congress of the Netherlands Network of Tobacco Research (NNvT), Utrecht (NL), 10-03-2017

Editorial work and review

  • Senior Editor of Addiction, 2013-present (www.addictionjournal.org)
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2009-2017 (www.jclinepi.com)
  • Expert reviewer for 43 different journals (incl. Ann Intern Med, BMJ,  ERJ, Lancet ) and 10 different funding agencies

Awards (selection)

  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Best Reviewer Award, 2013
  • Netherlands School for Primary Care Research Lecturer of the Year Award, 2010
  • European Respiratory Society Young Scientist Sponsorship, 2008

Key publications

Number of publications in international, peer-review, indexed journals: 125 (H-Index: 21). Key publications (chronological order):

  1. Kotz D, Böckmann M, Kastaun S. The use of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and methods to quit smoking in Germany—a representative study using 6 waves of data over 12 months (the DEBRA study). Dtsch Arztebl Int 2018; 115:235-242
  2. van Rossem C, […] Kotz D. Effectiveness of intensive practice nurse counselling versus brief general practitioner advice, both combined with varenicline, for smoking cessation. Addiction 2017; 112:2237-2247
  3. Kotz D, Viechtbauer W, Simpson C, et al. Cardiovascular and Neuropsychiatric Risks of Varenicline: a retrospective cohort study using a national general practice database The Lancet Respiratory Medicine; 2015;3(10):761-768.
  4. Kotz D, Brown J, West R. Prospective Cohort Study of the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Treatments Used in the “Real World”. Mayo Clin Proc 2014; 89:1360-1367
  5. Brown J, Beard E, Kotz D, et al. Real-world effectiveness of e-cigarettes when used to aid smoking cessation: a cross-sectional population study. Addiction 2014; 109:1531-1540
  6. Kotz D, Wesseling GJ, Huibers MJH, van Schayck CP. Efficacy of confronting smokers with airflow limitation for smoking cessation. Eur Respir J 2009; 33:754-762
  7. Kotz D, West R. Explaining the social gradient in smoking cessation: it’s not in the trying but in the succeeding. Tob Control 2009; 18: 43-46
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