Rafael T Mikolajczyk



  1. Caputo M, Stumpe V, Rübsamen N, Mikolajczyk R, Karch A. Implementation of preventive measures against tick-borne infections in a non-endemic area for tick-borne encephalitis-Results from a population-based survey in Lower Saxony, Germany. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2019;: pubmed publisher
    ..TBE vaccination was not associated with a reduced uptake of non-specific prevention measures. ..
  2. Caputo M, Zoch Lesniak B, Karch A, Vital M, Meyer F, Klawonn F, et al. Bacterial community structure and effects of picornavirus infection on the anterior nares microbiome in early childhood. BMC Microbiol. 2019;19:1 pubmed publisher
    ..Studies following infants over a longer time with frequent swab sampling would allow investigating whether certain parameter of the bacterial community, such as the temporal variability, could be related to viral infection. ..
  3. Caputo M, Horn J, Karch A, Akmatov M, Becher H, Braun B, et al. Herpes zoster incidence in Germany - an indirect validation study for self-reported disease data from pretest studies of the population-based German National Cohort. BMC Infect Dis. 2019;19:99 pubmed publisher
    ..Possible reasons for observed differences in incidence rates are recall bias in self-reported data or overestimation in health insurance data. ..
  4. Horn J, Hoodgarzadeh M, Klett Tammen C, Mikolajczyk R, Krause G, Ott J. Epidemiologic estimates of hepatitis E virus infection in European countries. J Infect. 2018;77:544-552 pubmed publisher
    ..Our analysis revealed a high heterogeneity regarding data availability and HEV-seropositivity across EU/EEA countries. Determinants of HEV-estimates including assay are to be considered when interpreting HEV-epidemiology and its burden. ..
  5. Akmatov M, Rübsamen N, Deyneko I, Karch A, Mikolajczyk R. Poor knowledge of vaccination recommendations and negative attitudes towards vaccinations are independently associated with poor vaccination uptake among adults - Findings of a population-based panel study in Lower Saxony, Germany. Vaccine. 2018;36:2417-2426 pubmed publisher
    ..This information can be provided during general practitioner visits or through media campaigns. ..
  6. Lehne G, Zeeb H, Pischke C, Mikolajczyk R, Bewick B, McAlaney J, et al. Personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards use of non-prescribed prescription sedatives and sleeping pills among university students in seven European countries. Addict Behav. 2018;87:17-23 pubmed publisher
    ..Interventions addressing perceived social norms may prevent or reduce NPPSSP use among university students. Final trial registration number: DRKS00004375 on the 'German Clinical Trials Register'. ..
  7. Timotewos G, Solomon A, Mathewos A, Addissie A, Bogale S, Wondemagegnehu T, et al. First data from a population based cancer registry in Ethiopia. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018;53:93-98 pubmed publisher
    ..However, our finding of colorectal cancer as the most commonly-diagnosed cancer in males is novel and requires further investigation. ..
  8. Horn J, Damm O, Greiner W, Hengel H, Kretzschmar M, Siedler A, et al. Influence of demographic changes on the impact of vaccination against varicella and herpes zoster in Germany - a mathematical modelling study. BMC Med. 2018;16:3 pubmed publisher
  9. Rübsamen N, Akmatov M, Castell S, Karch A, Mikolajczyk R. Factors associated with attrition in a longitudinal online study: results from the HaBIDS panel. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2017;17:132 pubmed publisher
    ..We found predictors of attrition, which can be identified already in the early phase of a panel so that countermeasures (e.g. special incentives) can be taken. ..

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  1. Bakuli A, Klawonn F, Karch A, Mikolajczyk R. Effects of pathogen dependency in a multi-pathogen infectious disease system including population level heterogeneity - a simulation study. Theor Biol Med Model. 2017;14:26 pubmed publisher
    ..Future household cohort studies identifying multiple pathogens will provide useful data to verify the interaction processes in such an infectious disease system. ..