Epidemiology and Biometry

Unit of Epidemiology and Biometry

The Division of Epidemiology and Biometry represents two essential methods disciplines within the Department of Health Services Research.

In our work, we are committed to the principles of Evidence based Medicine. In research and teaching, we aim to decrease knowledge gaps, advance methods and promote research integrity and transparency in order to improve the quality of health care within our catchment region and beyond. Current exemplary projects focus on the quality of health care for children and young adults with chronic disease, in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS) in Bremen.

We have specific expertise and interest in clinical epidemiology. Close collaboration with our clinical partners is therefore considered essential. Cancer epidemiology also features prominently in our port-folio. We have formed a close working relationship with the Cancer Registry for Lower Saxony (Epidemiologischen Krebsregister Niedersachsen) and other partners, such as the Departments of Urology, Visceral Surgery and Oncology in Oldenburg University Hospitals and the University Medical Center in Groningen.

We also put a special emphasis on researching methods in biometry. Distributional regression methods are applied to geriatric mobility data from the AEQUIPA project, but also researched for time to event data from lung cancer patients of the University Clinic for Oncology at the Pius-Hospital in Oldenburg. Further, we investigate mixed models for longitudinal data and the impact or circumvention of missing values with applications to EEG data from the Division of Systems in Medical Engineering.

Other collaborative projects include the German Cochrane Center in Freiburg and the Institute for Information Technology (OFFIS) in Oldenburg.