Dr. Michael Laxy
Head of research group 2

Phone: +49 89 3187-4175 (please contact currently Dr. Reneé Stark, +49 89 3187-4176)
Fax: +49 89 3187-3375
Building/Room: 56/123b


  • 2012 - 2016: PhD - PubmedPublic Health & Epidemiology, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
  • Since 2014: Master in Clinical & Genetic Epidemiology (M.Sc.), Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
  • 2010 - 2012 Master of Public Health (MPH), Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
  • 2006 - 2010 Bachelor in Sports Science (B.A.), Technische Universität München
  • Since 2008: Study of Economics, Fernuniversität Hagen


  • Currently, Sabbatical: Harkness Fellowship for Health Care Policy and Practice (The Commonwealth Fund/B. Braun Stiftung) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
  • Since 2017: Head of Research Group 2
  • 2015 - 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IGM, Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • 2015 - 2017: Visiting Scientist, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
  • 2012 - 2015: Doctoral Research Fellow, IGM, Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • 2012: Intern, Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • 2011: Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Populations Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2010 – 2012: Coordinator, Health Care Management, General Electric Global Research – Europe, Munich

Research interests and current research projects

  • Comparative effectiveness research: within trial- and model-based evaluation of diabetes prevention and treatment strategies
  • Health services research: trends in quality of diabetes care, impact of disease management programs on quality of care and health outcomes, impact of reimbursement changes on quality of (self-)care, cost of obesity/diabetes and its complications
  • Outcomes research: impact of obesity/diabetes on health related quality of life, methodological aspects of QALY assessment
  • Behavioral Economics: development of questionnaire modules, identification of drivers for health behavior


  • Economic evaluation, Lectures & tutorials: Summer term, Master of Public Health, LMU München (since 2013)
  • Health systems research, Lectures & tutorials: Summer term, Master of Public Health, LMU München (since 2016)
  • Clinical Epidemiology, Lectures & Tutorials: Winter term, MSc Epidemiology, LMU München (since 2016)
  • Public Health and Health Care, Lectures: Winter term, BA Social Work, Hochschule München (since 2014)
  • Research Methodology, Tutorials: Winter/Summer term, BA Sports Science, TU München (2008-2010)

Selected publications

  • Laxy, M., Wilson, E., Boothby, C., Griffin, S.: Incremental costs and cost-effectiveness of intensive treatment in patients with screen-detected type 2 diabetes in the ADDITION-UK trial: An update with empirical trial-based cost data. Value in Health (2017)
  • Laxy, M., Wilson, E., Boothby, C., Griffin, S.: How good are GPs at adhering to a pragmatic trial protocol in primary care? Results from the ADDITION-Cambridge cluster-randomized pragmatic trial. BMJ Open (2017, in print)
  • Laxy, M., Yates, N., Hauner, H., Holle, R., Teuner, C., The non-linear association between BMI and health care costs and the resulting cost fraction attributable to obesity in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2017, in print)
  • Luzak, A, Heier, M., Thorand, B., Laxy, M., Nowak, D., Peters, A., Schulz, H.: Physical activity levels, duration pattern and adherence to WHO recommendations in German adults. PloS One 12 (2), e0172503 (2017)
  • Yates, N., Hunger, M., Laxy, M., Hauner, H., Holle, R., Wolfenstetter, S.B.: The cost of obesity in Germany: Results from the population based KORA studies. Obesity Facts 9 (6), 397-409 (2017)
  • Ulrich, S., Holle, R., Wacker, M., Stark R., Icks, A., Thorand, B., Peters, A., Laxy, M.: The Cost Burden of Type 2 Diabetes – Results from the Population-based KORA Studies in Southern Germany. BMJ Open 6 (11), e012527 (2016)
  • Laxy, M., Stark, R., Meisinger, C., Kirchberger, I., Heier, M., von Scheidt, W., Holle, R.: The effectiveness of German disease management programs (DMPs) in patients with type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome 7, 77 (2015)
  • Laxy, M., Hunger, M., Stark, R., Meisinger, C., Kirchberger, I., Heier, M., von Scheidt, W., Holle, R.: The burden of diabetes mellitus in patients with coronary heart disease: A methodological approach to assess quality adjusted life years (QALY) based on individual-level longitudinal survey data. Value Health. 18(8), 969-76 (2015)
  • Laxy, M., Malecki, K.C., Givens, M.L., Walsh, M.C., Nieto, F.J.: The association between neighborhood economic hardship, the retail food environment, fast food intake and obesity: Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. BMC Public Health 15, 237 (2015)
  • Laxy, M., Mielck, A., Hunger, M., Schunk, M., Meisinger, C., Rückert, I.M., Rathmann, W., Holle, R.: The association between patient-reported self-management behavior, intermediate outcomes and mortality in type 2 diabetes patients: Results from the KORA-A study. Diabetes Care 37, 1604-12 (2014)
  • Laxy, M., Holle, R., Döring, A., Peters, A., Hunger, M.: The longitudinal association between weight-change and health-related quality of life: Findings from the population-based KORA S4/F4 cohort study. International Journal of Public Health 59, 279-88 (2014)