Medical Biometry: responsibilities of the department

The Medical Biometry Department is responsible for the biometric evaluation of studies and the statistical analysis of data. In this way, it supports the other departments in their projects.

The staff in the department:

  • are responsible for the biometry in Institute projects and also handle their own projects on specific research questions,
  • present and interpret study results,
  • develop statistical methods for the evaluation of services in health care,
  • keep up-to-date with current biometric journals, and
  • are responsible for offering training in statistics to colleagues in the Institute.

In addition, the department plays a leading role in encouraging interdisciplinary discussion from a biometric viewpoint on research questions related to commissions. New findings from IQWiG projects are published in scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Department staff

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bender, Dipl.-Stat.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Bender, Dipl.-Stat.

Professional profile

Statistician and epidemiologist. 1995: Certificate in Medical Biometry. 1998: Certificate in Epidemiology. Former Research Associate at the Universities of Hanover, Düsseldorf, Bochum, Bielefeld and Mainz. 2001: Habilitation (qualification for a professorship) in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University (2005: Habilitation at the Medical Faculty, University of Cologne). 2003 to 2004: Head of the Statistical Advisory Service, University Clinics of Mainz. Member of numerous scientific societies: e.g. International Biometric Society (IBS), (Head of the working group Statistical Methods in Medicine, IBS German Region); German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), (member of the GMDS certification commission "Medical Documentation”). Expert and advisor to the Cochrane Review Group "Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders” (since 2000); the German Commission for Radiation Protection (2001-2003); and the German Research Foundation (2002).

Responsibilities

  • Methodological work on statistical procedures that play a role in the evaluation of health care services.
  • Publication of results of the Institute's methodological work in scientific journals.
  • Further development of the Institute's methods.
  • Literature screening for statistical topics relevant to EBM.
  • Internal further training on statistical issues.
  • Data analysis for projects conducted by the Institute.

Dr. Guido Skipka, Dipl.-Stat.

Dr. Guido Skipka, Dipl.-Stat.

Professional profile

Statistician and biometrician. 1998 - 2002 Research Associate at the Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ruhr University, Bochum. 2003 - February 2005 Research Associate at the Institute for Mathematical Stochastics, University of Göttingen (2003: Certificate in Applied Statistics, Centre for Statistics, University of Göttingen. Doctorate in Biometry, University of Göttingen). Member of scientific societies: International Biometric Society (IBS-DR); International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB).

Responsibilities

  • Provision of statistical advice to other departments.
  • Internal further training on statistical issues.
  • Conduct of statistical data analyses.
  • Further development of the methodology of systematic reviews.
  • Development of computer programmes for meta-analyses.
  • Conduct of research projects (in particular in the fields of methodology,

Dr. Lars Beckmann, Dipl.-Math.
Dr. Anne Catharina Brockhaus, Dipl.-Stat.
Dr. Moritz Felsch, Dipl.-Stat.
PD Dr. Ulrich Grouven, Dipl.-Stat.
Dr. Charlotte Guddat, Dipl.-Stat.
Sandra Hamacher
Dr. Katharina Hirsch, Dipl.-Biomath.
Dr. Corinna Kiefer, Dipl.-Stat.
Kerstin van der Leck, MDA
Dr. Jona Lilienthal
Fabian Lotz, Dipl.-Stat.
Matthias Maiworm, MSc
Mattea Patt
Dr. Christoph Schürmann, Dipl.-Stat.
Dr. Anke Schulz, Dipl.-Math.
Ronja Schweers
Dr. Wiebke Sieben, Dipl.-Stat.
Dr. Sibylle Sturtz, Dipl.-Stat.