Julia Berendt, researcher in the Department of Palliative Medicine (head: Prof. Dr. Christoph Ostgathe) at the University Hospital Erlangen, has received one of four awards for pioneering scientific dissertations in the field of preventive medicine and care research from the Hufeland Prize Foundation of the German Medical Practitioner Insurance (Deutsche Ärzteversicherung AG).
Julia Berendt was awarded the prize at the German Congress for Health Care Research in Berlin in October 2017 for her outstanding dissertation on the integration of palliative medicine into the Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCCs) funded by the German Cancer Aid Foundation. Julia Berendt has been working as a research assistant at the Research Unit of the Palliative Medicine Department of the University Hospital Erlangen since March 2014. Since January 2016 she has been working on her doctorate at the Department of Palliative Medicine of the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg under the supervision of Prof. Ostgathe.
Julia Berendt's doctoral project aims at integrating specialised palliative care into German CCCs in a structured manner using scientific methods. Her research project refers to defining and implementing recommended criteria for the (early) integration of palliative care, developing and evaluating quality indicators for palliative care and improving the public perception of palliative care. Julia Berendt is currently investigating how specialised palliative care is interlocking in patient care, teaching and research at a CCC and how it should interlock in the future.
The Hufeland Prize and the Hufeland Prize for the promtotion of Doctoral Studies
The Hufeland Prize, which was first awarded in 1959, is the most renowned prize in the field of preventive medicine and care research. Now, for the first time, the Hufeland Prize Foundation of Deutsche Ärzteversicherung AG is also supporting four excellent scientific dissertations from 2016 in the field of preventive medicine and health care research.
The tasks of the Hufeland Prize Foundation are performed by a board of trustees, which includes the founder of the prize, the German Medical Practitioner Insurance (Deutsche Ärzteversicherung AG), the German Medical Association, the German Dental Association and the German Association for Prevention and Health Promotion. For the first time, four of a total of 65 submitted doctoral theses were selected and honoured at the German Congress for Health Care Research in Berlin at the beginning of October 2017.