Department of Public Health


Main axes of research

The department is composed of the following units:

  • Centre for Health Studies
  • European Medicines Agency
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction- Luxembourg Focal Point
  • Laboratory of Emotional Disorders
  • Sports Medicine Research Laboratory

The objective of the Public Health Department is to become a benchmark centre for public authorities in the field of epidemiological studies concerning the general population and assessing public health programmes, so as to offer useful information for defining health policies and financing health services.

The development of public health research is a priority objective in order to contribute to the development of knowledge in this field, particularly in terms of researching the determining factors and biomarkers that have a favourable influence on health.

The research themes of the department are the diseases prevalent in Europe and in Luxembourg:

  • Cardio-cerebrovascular diseases and their risk factors: diabetes, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, nutrition and physical activity
  • Cancer
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases during the ageing process
  • Treatment of Emotional Disorders

Measuring the prevalence and incidence of pathologies and their risk factors, measuring whether healthcare and resources meet the standards required for the population’s health needs, identifying vulnerable populations due to major risk factors for their health, and equal access to healthcare are our research objectives.

Resources and collaborations


  • Centre for Health Studies: a methodology unit with biostatistics and computer abilities
  • Laboratory of Emotional Disorders: a virtual reality platform
  • EMAGIN Z800 (Head Mounted Display)
  • MATROX TripleHead2go digital edition (Display)
  • DELL 3008WFP (Display)
  • LOGITECH G25Wheel (Peripheral)
  • EDIMENSIONAL G-Pad pro (Peripheral)
  • CRATIVE Gigaworks S750 (Sound)
  • POLHEMUS Fastrack (Tracker)
  • INTERSENSE EnertiaCube3 (Tracker)
  • NATURAL POINT TrackIR Pro4 (Tracker)
  • SCHUHFRIED BioFeedback2000 (Biofeedback)
  • PREVI Virtual Flight (Flying Software)
  • ATARI TestDriveUnlimited (Adapted Video Game)

PREVI Virtual Body (Body image assessment program)

Sports Medecine Research Laboratory:

  • 3-D movement analysis system
  • Force plate
  • Instruments to perform knee laxity measurements
  • Pedal force analysis system for cycloergometry
  • Different instruments used in collaboration with the Clinique d’Eich of the Centre Hospitalier du Luxembourg

Products and services

Epidemiological studies

  • Statistical treatment
  • Assessment studies
  • Specific software development in the field of public health
  • Studies
  • Methodology
  • Norms
  • Software

Major partnerships and collaborations

Information not available

Additional information

The Public Health Department is the leader for the:

  • European project EUROLIGHT;
  • Nutrition, Environment and Cardiovascular (NESCAV) INTERREG project;
  • Prevention and Promotion in Mental Health (PPSM) INTERREG project.

It is also partner in the:

  • Therapeutic education of adults and adolescents who are suffering from diabetes or are obese  (EDUDORA2) INTERREG project;
  • Lung Cancer Project with American partners with a focus on health economics.

For major parts of its activities, the Public Health Department prepares an ISO certification.

Human resources

  • 28 Researchers (Prof., ass. Prof., Post-docs, PhD)
  • 0 Doctoral students and students
  • 0 Engineers
  • 14 Technicians
  • 0 Other

Business sector(s)

  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences, health and biotechnology


Department of Public Health
1A-B, rue Thomas Edison, L-1445 Strassen
Phone: +352 26 97 01
Fax: +352 26 97 07 19

R&D Contact

Ms LAIR Marie-Lise
Member of the Board of Management for Public Health
Phone: +352 26 97 07 52

  • Updated 29-06-2015