Prof. Pitani  was awarded with a Fulbright fellowship and visited the East-West Center, Hawaii, USA and University of California, Berkeley and also got Population Reference Bureau (PRB) travel fellowship to participate in the workshop on communicating population-health-environment research to policy makers held in Bangkok, Thailand. He is well published and presented at international conferences. During the winter term visit, Prof. Pitani works in the clinical research and epidemiology team to complete a joint research project titled: Geriatric Population in Germany and India: Health finance Care Issues and Economic Aspects. Prof. Pitani´s stay at our university is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Arts.