Dhayana Dallmeier, MD PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

MD, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg
PhD, Boston University School of Public Health

Aging is complex. Over the last years I have focused on epidemiology of aging, which includes getting a better understanding on how to address and consider heterogeneity of older adults in different research questions like the determination of biomarkers reference values for older adults as well as the treatment of medical conditions such as arterial hypertension. Currently I am focusing on the concepts of biological age and frailty, and contrasting them with respect to the characterization of heterogeneity among older adults as part of the Collaborative Research Center "Aging at Interfaces" at the Ulm University in Germany (https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/einrichtungen/sfb-1506-aging-at-interfaces/). The role of diverse biomarkers such as high sensitive Troponins, Brain Natriuretic Peptides, GDF-15 and Cystatin C, as risk predictors for cardiovascular events, aging related comorbidities (falls, fractures, cognitive dysfunction), frailty and mortality and the possible presence of effect modifiers for these associations are also relevant questions of interest. In addition, the evaluation of strategies to prevent sedentary behavior as well as the onset of delirium in older adults in the settings of clinical trials has also been an important area of research. As part of the EU-Project JOIN4JOY we are developing an intervention to promote physical activity among nursing home patients (https://www.join4joy.eu/).

Examining the heterogeneity of aging requires an interdisciplinary approach, which has allowed me to work and grow personally and professionally with great nurturing cooperation partners. Lastly, teaching and providing mentoring to doctoral and master students has become an important way to create awareness about the complexity of ageing research and provide adequate analytical skills to the coming generation.

I graduated from medical school at the Ruprecht- Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany, trained in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and was fellow at the academic fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center. I hold a PhD in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. I am currently member at the Society of Epidemiologic research, the German Society of Epidemiology, the German Society of Internal Medicine, and the German and European Geriatrics Society.

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  1. Leinert C, Fotteler M, Kocar TD, Dallmeier D, Kestler HA, Wolf D, Gebhard F, Uihlein A, Steger F, Kilian R, Mueller-Stierlin AS, Michalski CW, Mihaljevic A, Bolenz C, Zengerling F, Leinert E, Schütze S, Hoffmann TK, Onder G, Andersen-Ranberg K, O'Neill D, Wehling M, Schobel J, Swoboda W, Denkinger M. Supporting SURgery with GEriatric Co-Management and AI (SURGE-Ahead): A study protocol for the development of a digital geriatrician. PLoS One. 2023; 18(6):e0287230. PMID: 37327245; PMCID: PMC10275448; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0287230;
  2. Steenblock J, Braisch U, Brefka S, Thomas C, Eschweiler GW, Rapp M, Metz B, Maurer C, von Arnim CAF, Herrmann ML, Wagner S, Denkinger M, Dallmeier D. Frailty index and its association with the onset of postoperative delirium in older adults undergoing elective surgery. BMC Geriatr. 2023 Feb 11; 23(1):90. PMID: 36774453; PMCID: PMC9921654; DOI: 10.1186/s12877-022-03663-7;
  3. Brefka S, Eschweiler GW, Dallmeier D, Denkinger M, Leinert C. Erratum to: Comparison of delirium detection tools in acute care. Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2022 Jul; 55(4):349. PMID: 35583668; PMCID: PMC9213338; DOI: 10.1007/s00391-022-02071-1;
  4. Deidda M, Coll-Planas L, Tully MA, Giné-Garriga M, Kee F, Roqué I Figuls M, Blackburn NE, Guerra-Balic M, Rothenbacher D, Dallmeier D, Caserotti P, Skjødt M, McIntosh E. Cost-effectiveness of a programme to address sedentary behaviour in older adults: results from the SITLESS RCT. Eur J Public Health. 2022 Jun 01; 32(3):415-421. PMID: 35426903; PMCID: PMC9159313; DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckac017;
  5. Fotteler ML, Mühlbauer V, Brefka S, Mayer S, Kohn B, Holl F, Swoboda W, Gaugisch P, Risch B, Denkinger M, Dallmeier D. The Effectiveness of Assistive Technologies for Older Adults and the Influence of Frailty: Systematic Literature Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. JMIR Aging. 2022 Apr 04; 5(2):e31916. PMID: 35377322; PMCID: PMC9016506; DOI: 10.2196/31916;
  6. Paluch AE, Bajpai S, Bassett DR, Carnethon MR, Ekelund U, Evenson KR, Galuska DA, Jefferis BJ, Kraus WE, Lee IM, Matthews CE, Omura JD, Patel AV, Pieper CF, Rees-Punia E, Dallmeier D, Klenk J, Whincup PH, Dooley EE, Pettee Gabriel K, Palta P, Pompeii LA, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Spartano N, Ballin M, Nordström P, Nordström A, Anderssen SA, Hansen BH, Cochrane JA, Dwyer T, Wang J, Ferrucci L, Liu F, Schrack J, Urbanek J, Saint-Maurice PF, Yamamoto N, Yoshitake Y, Newton RL, Yang S, Shiroma EJ, Fulton JE. Daily steps and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis of 15 international cohorts. Lancet Public Health. 2022 03; 7(3):e219-e228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35247352; PMCID: PMC9289978; DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00302-9;
  7. Braisch U, Koenig W, Rothenbacher D, Denkinger M, Friedrich N, Felix SB, Ittermann T, Dörr M, Dallmeier D. N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide reference values in community-dwelling older adults. ESC Heart Fail. 2022 Jun; 9(3):1703-1712. PMID: 35199488; PMCID: PMC9065825; DOI: 10.1002/ehf2.13834;
  8. Klimek M, Peter RS, Denkinger M, Dallmeier D, Rapp K, Rothenbacher D, Klenk J. The relationship of weather with daily physical activity and the time spent out of home in older adults from Germany - the ActiFE study. Eur Rev Aging Phys Act. 2022 Feb 12; 19(1):6. PMID: 35151273; PMCID: PMC8903592; DOI: 10.1186/s11556-022-00286-0;
  9. Brefka S, Eschweiler GW, Dallmeier D, Denkinger M, Leinert C. Comparison of delirium detection tools in acute care : A rapid review. Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2022 Mar; 55(2):105-115. PMID: 35029755; PMCID: PMC8921069; DOI: 10.1007/s00391-021-02003-5;
  10. Sansano-Nadal O, Giné-Garriga M, Rodríguez-Roca B, Guerra-Balic M, Ferri K, Wilson JJ, Caserotti P, Olsen PØ, Blackburn NE, Rothenbacher D, Dallmeier D, Roqué-Fíguls M, McIntosh E, Martín-Borràs C. Association of Self-Reported and Device-Measured Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity with Health-Related Quality of Life among European Older Adults. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Dec 16; 18(24). PMID: 34948861; PMCID: PMC8706726; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182413252;
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2022 German Society of Hypertension: Best Poster
2019 European Geriatric Medicine Society: Best Poster
2018 German Society Evidence Based Medicine: Best Poster
2016 Rolf-und-Hubertine-Schiffbauer-Stiftung : Promotion prize
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Epidemiology of Aging
Observational Studies
Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Biological Age
Arterial Hypertension in older adults
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