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Tobias Kurth

Tobias KurthTobias Kurth is a professor of public health and epidemiology and the director of the Institute of Public Health at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He is also the co-director of the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris - Berlin. He received his MD degree at the University of Tübingen, Germany, training in neurology at the University Hospital of Essen, Germany, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. He previously worked as a research director of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) in Paris and Bordeaux. His areas of research interests and expertise are in neuroepidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, and research methodology. He joined The BMJ in 2009 as editorial adviser and has served as consulting clinical epidemiology editor since 2010.

Competing interests

I declare that that I have read and understood the BMJ Group policy on declarations of interest. I hereby declare the following interests, according to the policy.

© I have the following interests to declare:


I am employed by the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

I am affiliated with and have received compensation from the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

I am a research methodology consultant for a project of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, for which the hospital has received a research grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

I have received honoraria for editorial services from The BMJ and Cephalalgia (until 2015).

As board of trustee member of the International Headache Society, I have received compensation of travel and accommodation expenses by the Society (until 2015)


The Charité has received a stipend by the Else-Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung / German Scholars Organization (GSO/EKFS 17) to support my research.

The Charité has received a stipend from the Stifterverband, Germany to support my position. The funds originated from Sanofi as an unrestricted grant to support French - German public health initiative (Centre Virchow - Villermé for Public Health Paris - Berlin).

In the past three years, part of my research was supported by a research grant in the framework of the call "Investments for the future" by the French government (project i-Share).

I have received a “Chair of Excellence” grant from the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, R09177DD).

Our research group has received an internal research grant from the University of Bordeaux.

I have received personal compensation from Eli Lilly, Newsenselab, Total S.E. (all for methodological advice) and from The BMJ for editorial services.

Unpaid positions (current)

I am an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health.