Researcher Spotlight: Katharina Diernberger


Katharina is currently working as a Research Fellow for Health Economics at the Clinical Trials Unit Edinburgh and part time as a Doctoral Fellow at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.

She is a Masters Graduate in European Health Economics and Management (EU-HEM) which included studying at the Management Center Innsbruck, University of Bologna and the University of Oslo.

She has working experience as a fully trained nurse in the Austrian health and social sector and did her BSc in Nursing.

Research Interests

Katharina’s research interests are wide spread and include Dementia and Cardio-Oncological studies as well as methodological questions such as expert elicitation for economic evaluation of diagnostic tests. Currently her main focus is in the area of end of life care. She is working with English and Scottish routine data and is involved in several Clinical Trials.


Katharina developed and taught the Health Economics module for the MSc in Clinical Trials. Currently the module is refined and subsequently offered again in the coming academic years. She managed to involve colleagues from Edinburgh as well as health economists from Leeds and is seeking further collaboration with experts in related fields.

She is in her last few month of training for her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice which she enjoyed and recommends for all (early career) researchers who strive to get involved in teaching.

Further, Katharina has supervised students from various masters programs and is having some ongoing and lined up commitments for supervision.

Current work

Currently, Katharina is doing a part time PhD on a University of Edinburgh staff scholarship. Several of the projects that Katharina is involved in feed directly into the development of her PhD.

Ongoing projects:

Cardiac Care, Allocative Efficiency in End of Life Care, ENeRgy Trial, Mabel Trial, EPAT Trial, TVT Trial


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