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Dr Peter von Philipsborn, MD, MSc, MA

Junior Research Group Leader, Team Lead


Junior Research Group Planetary Health Nutrition
Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6, D-81377 Munich, Germany

Room: U032
Phone: +49 (0)89 231 538 61 / +49 (0)178 49 83 817

This page in German | Website of the Public Health Nutrition Team

I’m a medical doctor and public health professional working at the crossroads of research, policy and practice. With a background in medicine, political science, economics and law, I specialise on planetary health nutrition, defined as the art and science of promoting healthy and sustainable diets on a population level. I’m passionate about research with policy impact, teaching, and public engagement with science.

Current projects

  • FoodPlanetH - Food Environments for Planetary Health (2022-2027, BMBF Junior Research Group, PI & Research Group Leader; Website)
  • FoodSAMSA - Food environments in Africa: Addressing Malnutrition using a Syndemics Approach (2021-2024, BMEL, Co-PI with Eva Rehfuess; Website)
  • YAHEE - Young Adults in Health-Enhancing Equitable Environments (2024-2027, ERA4Health/BMBF, co-PI with Eva Rehfuess)
  • MensaPlus - Healthy, Sustainable, Participatory (2023-2024, BMBF, PI, project brief in German)
  • INFORMAS - International Network for Food, Obesity and NCD Research, Monitoring and Action Support) (since 2017, PI for LMU Munich; Website)
  • Evidence- and Consensus-based Guideline on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity (since 2020, lead author and coordinator for prevention; Details)

Completed projects

  • PEN - Policy Evaluation Network for Policies affecting Dietary and Physical Activity (2019-2022, JPI HDHL/BMBF, Co-PI for LMU Munich with Eva Rehfuess; Website)

Areas of interest

  • Public and Planetary Health Nutrition
  • Prevention of obesity and diabetes mellitus
  • Implementation of population-level health promotion policies
  • Germany's public health system

Methodological expertise

  • Evidence syntheses (systematic reviews with and without meta-analysis, rapid reviews, clinical and public health guidelines)
  • Policy, Stakeholder and Framing Analysis
  • Mixed-methods evaluations of public health interventions
  • Integrated knowledge translation, science communication and stakeholder engagement

Selected Publications

  • Leibinger A, Holliday N, Huizinga O, von Philipsborn P: Reach and public health implications of proposed new food marketing regulation in Germany: an updated analysis. Europen Journal of Public Health 2024, online ahead of print. (Online, open access)
  • Holliday N, Leibinger A, Huizinga O, Klinger C, Okanmelu E, Geffert K, Rehfuess Ea, von Philipsborn P. Use of the WHO Nutrient Profile Model for food marketing regulation in Germany: feasibility and public health implications. Obesity Facts 2024, 17(2): 109–120. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Huizinga O, Leibinger A, Rubin D, Burns J, Emmert-Fees K, Pedron S, Laxy M, Rehfuess E. Interim Evaluation of Germany’s Sugar Reduction Strategy for Soft Drinks: Commitments versus Actual Trends in Sugar Content and Sugar Sales from Soft Drinks. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2023, 79(3):282-290. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Geffert K, Klinger C, Hebestreit A, Stratil J, Rehfuess EA: Nutrition Policies in Germany: A Systematic Assessment with the Food Environment Policy Index. (Food-EPI). Public Health Nutrition 2022, 25(6):1691-1700. (Online, open access).
  • von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM, Burns J, Busert LK, Pfadenhauer LM, Polus S, Holzapfel C, Hauner H, Rehfuess E. Environmental interventions to reduce the consumption of sugar‐sweetened beverages and their effects on health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012292. (Online, open access)
A list of current preprints, conference abstracts and study protocols is provided on the website of the Public Health Nutrition Team.

Work Experience

  • since 10.2022: Research Group Leader, Junior Research Group Planetary Health Nutrition
  • since 10.2021: Lead, Public Health Nutrition Team, Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
  • 02.2018-09.2021: Research Associate, Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
  • 09.2020-12.2021: Junior Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, LMU Klinikum, Munich, Germany 
  • 09.2018-08.2019: Junior Doctor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Municipal Hospital Mühldorf am Inn, Germany 


  • 09.2020: Doctorate in Medicine, Summa cum laude, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Supervisors: Prof. Eva Rehfuess and Prof. Hans Hauner. Title: Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases: International Evidence and Implementation in Germany; Link)
  • 12.2017: Medical Licensing Examination, Technical University Munich
  • 07.2011: MA Political Science, Economics and Law, University of Freiburg
  • 10.2009: MSc Global Politics, with Distinction, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)



  • Research Award, German Obesity Society (2023)
  • Teaching Award, Medical Faculty of the Technical University Munich (2015)
  • Scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
  • Scholarship, Bavarian State Government Scholarship for Talented Students

Editorships and peer reviewer activities

  • Editorships: Public Health Nutrition (Cambridge University Press; Deputy Editor), Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Karger; Associate Editor)
  • Peer Reviewer Activities: Lancet Planetary Health, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Obesity,  Obesity Reviews, Food Policy, Health Policy, Journal of Public Health, Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews, among others. (Selected verified reviews on Web of Science)
  • Grant reviews: Swiss National Science Foundation, Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (Austria), ZonMW (Netherlands)

Board and Committee Memberships


Science Communication 

  • Stuttgarter Zeitung (01.02.2024): Flüge, Autos, tierische Lebensmittel Ist eine Belohnung für Klimasünden noch zeitgemäß? (Online, €)
  • ZEIT Online (22.11.2023): Zuckersteuer: "Es ließen sich 160.000 Lebensjahre gewinnen" (Online)
  • RiffReporter (07.10.2023): Lauterbachs Präventionspläne: „Das Robert Koch-Institut wird de facto zerschlagen“ (Online, €)
  • Tagesspiegel (26.09.2023): Einmal süß, immer süß: Wie Zucker in der Kindheit der Gesundheit dauerhaft schadet (Online, €)
  • ZEIT ONLINE (27.04.2023): Lieber beschweren, als Zucker reduzieren (Online)
  • (21.02.2023): Zuckergehalt in Softdrinks sinkt kaum. (Online)
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung (21.02.2023): Die freiwillige Zuckerreduktion ist weit vom Kurs entfernt (Online, €)

Further media reports on research by the Public Health Nutrition Team, as well as interviews, blog posts, podcasts and commentary by team members can be found here.

Last updated: 20.05.2024