Daniel Kotz appointed professor at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
(CAPHRI) has been appointed professor in general practice with a main focus on
addiction research and clinical epidemiology at the Institute of General
Practice of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.
In 2013, Daniel was granted €1.25
million from the ‘NRW Rückkehrerprogramm’, which is an incentive scheme funded
by the Ministry of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
allows postdoctoral researchers currently working abroad to return to an NRW
university in order to develop their own research programme and to set up a new
research group. The theme of Daniel Kotz' research programme is ‘Treating
tobacco addiction: new clinical approaches’.
It focuses on increasing the
effectiveness and impact of smoking cessation interventions and covers three
key topics: providing the evidence base for behaviour change techniques in
smoking cessation counselling; assessing the emerging role of the electronic
cigarette as an aid in smoking cessation; and evaluating the safety of existing
pharmacological smoking cessation treatments.
The future home base of Daniel will
be the Institute of General Practice at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf,
but he will stay formally affiliated for a small part with the Department of