Dr. PH Iris Brandes, MPH
Institute for Epidemiology, Social Medicine, and Health Systems Research Hannover Medical School Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1 D-30625 Hannover
✔️Business graduate, Master Public Health, PhD Public Health
Scientific Staff Member at Hannover Medical School’s Institute for Epidemiology, Social Medicine, and Health Systems Research since 2001.
Research Group Prevention and Health Care of Specific Target Groups
Research Group Health Economics and Health Policy
Evaluation studies in the area of rehabilitation and prevention as well as health services research with a focus on specific target groups, health economic evaluation of preventive and rehabilitative measures
Regarding Endometriosis the focus rests on endometriosis-related costs of illness, quality of life, rehabilitation, patient education and patient experiences throughout the course of disease
✔️Selected studies with focus on endometriosis
EndoHealthCare study 2013 – 2015: qualitative study on the quality of life and care of women with endometriosis
Rehabilitation study to characterize patients with endometriosis in rehabilitation 2011
CLoE study 2010 – 2011: disease trajectories in women with endometriosis from a health economic perspective
EVA study 2008 – 2011: Evaluation of a training program for patients with endometriosis
EndoCost Study 2008 – 2010: EU study to survey the costs of illness and quality of life in endometriosis under routine care
EVD study to survey the quality of life of members of the Endometriose Vereinigung Deutschland e.V. 2003-2007
✔️Selected scientific publication with focus on endometriosis
Zeppernick F, Zeppernick M, Janschek E, Wölfler M, Bornemann S, Holtmann L, Oehmke F, Brandes I, Scheible CM, Salehin D, Vingerhagen Pethick S, Boosz AS, Krämer B, Sillem M, Bühler K, Keckstein J, Schweppe KW, Meinhold-Heerlein I, for the QS Endo Working Group of the Endometriosis Research Foundation (SEF) (2020). QS Endo Real – A Study by the German
Endometriosis Research Foundation (SEF) on the Reality of Care for Patients with Endometriosis in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Geburtsh Frauenheilk 2020; 80: 179-189
Brandes I, Kruckenberg B (2020). Relationship between onset of symptoms and diagnostic delay in women with endometriosis. Arch Clin Obs Gyn Res. 2020;1(1):1-7.
Brandes I, Neuser M, Kopf A, Chiantera V, Sehouli J, Mechsner S.
Endometriosis-associated pain in patients with and without hormone therapy. J Endometr Pelvic Pain Disord 2017; 9(3): 200 – 205. DOI:
Brandes I, Hillemanns P, Schippert C. Differences in the time of course of disease progression, quality of life and health service utilization in women with endometriosis. J Endometr Pelvic Pain Disord 2017; 9(1): 50-55. DOI:10.5301/je.5000265.
Kundu S, Wildgrube J, Hillemanns P, Brandes I. Supporting and inhibiting factors when coping with endometriosis from the patients‘ perspective. Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd 2015; 75(5):462-469. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1546052
De Graaff AA, D’Hooghe TM, Dunselman GAJ, Dirksen CD, Hummelshoj L, WERF EndoCost Consortium, Simoens S. The significant effect of endometriosis on physical, mental and social wellbeing: results from an
international cross-sectional survey. Human Reproduction 2013;
28(10):2677-2685. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/det284
Prast J, Oppelt P, Shamiych A, Shebl O, Brandes I, Haas D. Costs of endometriosis in Austria: a survey of direct and indirect costs. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013; 288(3):569-576. DOI: 10.1007/s00404-013-2793-0
Simoens S, Dunselman G, Dirksen C, Hummelshoj L, Bokor A, Brandes I, Brodszky V, Canis M, Colombo GL, DeLeire T, Falcone T, Graham B, Halis G, Horne A, Kanj O, Kjer JJ, Kristensen J, Lebovic D, Mueller M, Vigano P, Wullschleger M D’Hooghe T (2012). The burden of endometriosis: costs and
quality of life of women with endometriosis and treated in referral centres. Human Reproduction. 27: 1292-1299. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/des073
Simoens S, Hummelshoj L, Dunselman G, Brandes I, Dirksen C, D’Hooghe T, EndoCost Consortium. Endometriosis cost assessment (the EndoCost study): a cost-of-illness study protocol. Gynecol Obstet Invest 2011, 71(3): 170-176. DOI: /10.1159/000316055.