Jacob Burns, Msc

Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in)


Early Stage Researcher at the IBE - Chair for Biometry and Bioinformatics


Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE), LMU,
Edmund-Rumpler-Str. 9,
80939 München

Raum: A026
Telefon: +49 (0)89 2180 7212 9


Biometrie und Bioinformatik / Evidence-Based Public Health

Research Interest

My PhD and research interests deal with the way to best synthesize evidence in systematic reviews. Specifically, I look to adapt existing and develop new methods for the evidence synthesis in systematic reviews of public health and environmental interventions. These types of systematic reviews often include a heterogeneous mix of evidence (e.g. different intervention components; multiple, potentially conflicting outcomes; different study designs), and bringing this together in a way that is meaningful to decision makers can be challenging.


PD Dr. Eva Rehfuess

Curriculum Vitae


2015-presentPhD of Medical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Munich
2010-2012 Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of Munich
2006-2010 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Arkansas, USA


2013-presentGraduate Research Assistant, University of Munich, Institute for Medical Informatics,
 Biometry and Epidemiology
2015-presentWHO, External advisor for the WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines
2011  Research intern, University of Munich, Institute for Statistics


Burns J, Polus S, Brereton L, Ward S, Chilcott J, Pfadenhauer L, Rehfuess E. Effectiveness of home-based and reinforced home-based palliative care: a systematic review with semi-structured expert consultations. In submission.

Pfadenhauer LM, Gerhardus A, Mozygemba K, Lysdahl KB, Booth A, Wahlster P, Rohwer A, Polus S, Burns J, Brereton L, Rehfuess EA. Making sense of complexity in context and implementation: The Context and Implementation of Complex Interventions (CICI) Framework. Submitted to Implementation Science.

Ward S, Chilcott J, Goyder E, Clark J, Burns J, Ingleton C, Brereton L. The economic impact of reinforced home-based palliative care: introducing a carer support intervention into a home palliative care service. Submitted to Palliative Medicine on April 20, 2016.

Philipsborn P, Stratil JM, Burns J, et al. Environmental interventions to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and their effects on health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (protocol – full review in progress)

Rohwer A, Pfadenhauer L, Burns J, et al. Use of logic models in systematic reviews and health technology assessments of complex interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2016.

Pfadenhauer LM, Burns J, Rohwer A, Rehfuess EA. Effectiveness of Interventions to Reduce Exposure to Lead through Consumer Products and Drinking Water: a Systematic Review. Environmental Research. 2016; 147:525-536.

Burns J, Chilcott JB, van Hoorn R, et al. Guidance for assessing effectiveness, economic, ethical, socio-cultural and legal aspects in complex technologies: Guidance to assess effectiveness aspects. Final report of EU-Funded FP7-programme INTEGRATE-HTA. 2016. Available from: http://www.integrate-hta.eu/downloads/

Burns J, Mason C, Mueller N, Ohlander J, et al. Asthma prevalence in Olympic summer athletes and the general population: An analysis of three European countries. Respiratory Medicine. 2015.

Pfadenhauer LM, Mozygemba K, Gerhardus A, Hofmann B, Booth A, Lysdahl KB, Tummers M, Burns J, Rehfuess EA. Context and implementation: A concept analysis towards conceptual maturity. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. 2015.

Burns J, Boogaard H, Turley R, Pfadenhauer LM, van Erp AM, Rohwer AC, Rehfuess EA. Interventions to reduce ambient particulate matter air pollution and their effect on health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (protocol – full review in progress)

Fenske N, Burns J, Hothorn T, Rehfuess EA. Understanding child stunting in India: boosting quantile regression as a novel approach towards a comprehensive analysis of socio-economic, nutritional and environmental determinants. Plos One. 2013; 8(11): e78692

Kumar A, Burns J, Hoffmann W, et al. Determination of hydrazines by chip electrophoresis with contactless conductivity detection. Electrophoresis. 2011 Apr; 32(8):920-5.