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Forschungsinstitut der Diabetes-Akademie Bad Mergentheim (FIDAM)

The Diabetes Academy Bad Mergentheim is a non-profit organization with FIDAM as its own research institute. It is affiliated with the Diabetes Centre Mergentheim, the largest inpatient clinic specifically for diabetic patients with nearly 4,000 inpatients and nearly 18,000 outpatients each year.

The Research Institute of the Diabetes-Academy Bad Mergentheim (FIDAM) is specialized in the conduct of clinical trials and the development and evaluation of education and treatment programs for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. FIDAM has conducted several clinical trials to evaluate medical devices. Furthermore, FIDAM is specifically interestered in investigating the perspective of people with diabetes regarding those devices such as Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), components of insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. 

FIDAM has developed and evaluated several education and treatment programs like PRIMAS for people with type 1 diabetes, HyPOS for people with hypoglycaemia problems, INPUT for people with insulin pump therapy, and flash for people using continuous glucose monitoring devices. 

Focus of FIDAM is the improvement of psychological well-being as well as the enhancement of empowerment and self-management of people with diabetes. Thus, FIDAM will address the human factor within the project.

Norbert Hermanns

PI

Norbert Hermanns, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg since 2007. His current active research is focused on psychological aspects of technology use in diabetes, measurement of patient-reported outcomes, as well as distress and depression in diabetes. His research interests include behavioral modification and the development and evaluation of diabetes self-management-programs for people with diabetes, acute emotional effects of hypoglycemia, treatment of hypoglycemia unawareness and depression and diabetes. Professor Hermanns was also involved as a co-principal investigator in the DAWN 2 study and the European Image project, on prevention of type 2 diabetes. He was also involved in the HypoDE study as principal investigator studying the impact of CGM on incidence of clinical hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia problems. 

He is currently leading a longitudinal study using Ecological Momentary Assessment and CGM to analyse the association between mood and glycemia. He was chair of the Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group (PSAD) of the European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD) and is a member of several scientific associations including BRIDGE of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Prof. Hermanns is author of several publications in Journals like The Lancet, Diabetologia, Lancet, Diabetology and Endocrinology, Diabetes Care and Diabetic Medicine. He has authored over 355 articles, 10 books and 6 book chapters. He has a H-index of 39 and a total of  5994 citations according to the Scholar Search.

Research Group

Dominic Ehrmann

Dominic Ehrmann, PhD earned his doctoral degree in psychology with summa cum laude from the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg and recently finished his habilitation on the psychological aspects in the care of diabetes mellitus. He is also recipient of the advancement award of the German Diabetes Association based on his outstanding achievement in analyzing psychosocial factors in diabetes. In addition, he received the Science Award 2015 of the Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes study group, an official study group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. 

He was principal co-investigator of two randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of structured education in patients using insulin pump therapy and in patients using CGM. He is currently co-principal investigator of a longitudinal study using Ecological Momentary Assessment and CGM to analyse the association between mood and glycemia. He further has vast expertise in health services research, psychometrics, and the development and evaluation of assessment tools. Dr Ehrmann co-authored education and treatment programmes for people with type 1 diabetes.

Activities

  • FIDAM will coordinate the human factor research (leader of WP5 (Human Factors))
  • Identification of potential psychological barriers and pitfalls of system use and evaluate the impact on safety considerations
  • Develop an assessment tool to inform eligibility of the newly developed system.
  • Develop educational and training materials for patients and healthcare providers
  • Addressing ethical implications by developing a risk mitigations strategy for the use of the system. This will contain specific criteria for eligibility as well as a patient emergency card.

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