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Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sabine Gabrysch

Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sabine Gabrysch

Head of Department


Climate Resilience


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)


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P.O. Box 60 12 03
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Sabine Gabrysch is Head of Research Department 2 on Climate Resilience of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as Professor for Climate Change and Health at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Sabine studied medicine in Tübingen and Providence/Rhode Island (USA) and worked clinically in Sweden before completing an MSc and PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). After acting as head of the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) and deputy head of the Institute, she joined PIK and Charité in June 2019. She holds an Honorary Professorship at LSHTM and continues her affiliation with HIGH

Her research focus is maternal and child health in low-income settings, in particular early life malnutrition. Guided by the transdisciplinary concept of Planetary Health, she aims to assess health and nutrition impacts of global environmental change and evaluate win-win solutions for the transition towards climate-resilient, sustainable and healthy food systems. In 2018, she received the "Preis für mutige Wissenschaft" (Award for bold research) of the State of Baden-Württemberg for her research project FAARM (Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition) in Bangladesh.


• Community-based participatory interventions to improve human health and stabilize the natural systems on which we depend
• Impact evaluation and process evaluation of complex interventions, including cluster-randomized controlled trials and natural experiments
• Leveraging agriculture to improve nutrition and health while contributing to climate resilience, e.g. homestead gardening, biochar-based fertilizer
• Influence of climate change and agricultural change on diets and health
• Long-term consequences of nutritional and other impacts during pregnancy on health and development of the offspring (fetal programming)
• Links between malnutrition, gut infections, inflammation and microbiome
• Maternal and perinatal mortality, including quality of obstetric and newborn care in low-income settings


Wendt AS, Sparling TM, Waid JL, Mueller AA, Gabrysch S. (2019): Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM): protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a Homestead Food Production programme on undernutrition in rural Bangladesh. BMJ Open, 9(7):e031037. 

Gabrysch S, Nesbitt RC, Schoeps A, Hurt L, Soremekun S, Edmond K, Manu A, Lohela TJ, Danso S, Tomlin K, Kirkwood B, Campbell OMR. (2019): Does facility birth reduce maternal and perinatal mortality? A secondary analysis of two RCTs including 119,244 pregnancies in Brong Ahafo, Ghana. The Lancet Global Health, 7(8): e1074–87.

Schoeps A, van Ewijk R, Kynast-Wolf G, Nebié E, Zabré P, Sié A, Gabrysch S. (2018): Ramadan exposure in utero and child mortality in Burkina Faso: Analysis of a population-based cohort including 41,025 children. American Journal of Epidemiology; 187(10):2085-2092.

Gabrysch S. (2018): Imagination challenges in planetary health: re-conceptualising the human-environment relationship. The Lancet Planetary Health, Sep;2(9):e372-e373.

Waid JL, Sinharoy SS, Ali M, Stormer AE, Thilsted SH, Gabrysch S. (2018): Dietary Patterns and Determinants of Changing Diets in Bangladesh from 1985 to 2010. Current Developments in Nutrition, Nov 21;3(4):nzy091.  

Gabrysch S, Waid, JL, Wendt AS, Müller AA, Kader A, Gosh U. (2018): Nutritional effects of flooding due to unseasonably early monsoon rainfall in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study in an ongoing cluster-randomised trial. The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol. 2 Suppl. 1, p. S3.

Lorenz, E, Gabrysch, S. (2017): Covariate-constrained randomization routine for achieving baseline balance in cluster-randomized trials. The Stata Journal, 17(2):503-510.

All publications

  • 2019 Recruiting Grant, funded by Stiftung Charité
  • 2018 Award for Bold Research ("Preis für mutige Wissenschaft"), Land Baden-Württemberg
  • 2017 Suffrage Science Award, awarded biannually at the Royal Society in London to women scientists "for their scientific achievements and their ability to inspire others"
  • 2014 Early Career Scientist Award, CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council
  • 2012 Oral Presentation Award at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (DTG) in Heidelberg
  • 2012 Margarete von Wrangell fellowship, Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg and the European Social Fund
  • 2012 Daimler and Benz Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2011 Young Investigator Award at 19th IAE World Congress of Epidemiology in Edinburgh, for best oral presentation in the theme "Global Problems"
  • 2011 Baden-Württemberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2010 Rahel Goitein-Straus Fellowship, Medical Faculty Heidelberg
  • 2009 Maria Luisa Ricciardi Award at the 6th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Verona, 1st Prize for Best Oral Communication

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