Prof. Dr. Tim Friede

Head of the Department of Medical Statistics

telephone: +49 (0) 551 394991

fax: +49 (0) 551 394995

e-mail address: tim.friede(at)

location: Humboldtallee 32, EG 124


[Translate to Englisch:] Prof. Tim Friede an seinem Schreibtisch

Short biography

Since January 2010 Tim Friede is Professor of Biostatistics at the University Medical Center Göttingen where he heads up the Department of Medical Statistics. He graduated in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) from the University of Karlsruhe and obtained a PhD ( from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Heidelberg. In 2001 he joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University as NHS Training Fellow in Medical Statistics and was later promoted to Lecturer in Biostatistics. From 2004 on he worked for Novartis Pharma AG, Basel before joining Warwick Medical School as Associate Professor of Medical Statistics in October 2006. In 2014 he was awarded the certificate “Biometry in Medicine” by the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) and the German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR)  demonstrating his qualification as trial statistician.

Since 2015 Tim Friede is member of the Sino-German Institute for Social Computing (SGISC) which deals with interdisciplinary research in the fields of social networks and BIG DATA. The SGISC was founded jointly by the Universities of Göttingen, Germany and Nanjing, China. Since the beginning of 2020 Tim Friede serves on the Board of Directors of the SGISC. 

Since 2021 Tim Friede serves on the Representative Council of the International Biometric Society and since 2022 on the Board of the European Association of Data Sciences (EuADS). Furthermore, he is a member of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) where he serves on the Biometry board and chairs the commission for methodological aspects of the work of IQWiG and IQTIG. From 2019 - 2022 Tim Friede was President of the German Consortium in Statistics (DAGStat) an association of learned and professional societies and the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. From 2015-2018 he was Vice-/President of the German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR). Previously he served the German Region in various functions (as member of the international council from 2008-2013, as member of the Editorial Advisory Committee from 2008-2015 and as member of the council of the German Region from 2005-2009). Furthermore, Tim Friede is a member of the German Cardiac Society (and thereby a member of the European Society of Cardiology, ESC). Also, he is an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM).

Tim Friede is Associate Editor of Statistics in Medicine (since 2021), ESC Heart Failure (since 2019), Annals of Applied Statistics (since 2018) and Biometrical Journal (since 2012). From 2013-2015 he was Associate Editor and until 2020 Section Editor of PLoS ONE. From 2011-2016 he was also Associate Editor of BMC Medical Research Methodology. Between 2009-2011 Tim Friede was jointly with Prof. Dr. Leonhard Held (Zürich) Editor-in-Chief of the Biometrical Journal. From 2003-2011 he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Drug Information Journal.

He is principal investigator in the DZHK, the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research, and also serves as trial statistician for a number of clinical studies. An overview over the ongoing research projects can be found under Research.

Tim Friede's methodological research interests are in clinical biostatistics including designs for clinical trials (in particular flexible adaptive designs) and generalized evidence synthesis (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses) as well as applications in rare diseases and cardiovascular medicine.

In 1999 Tim Friede was awarded the GMDS Student Prize for his diploma thesis: "Adaptive case number planning in clinical trials in the t-test situation." Shortly after in 2001 he won the Young Scientist Award by the IBS-DR with his PhD thesis on internal pilot trials.
In 2012 he was awarded the Paul-Martini-Prize promoting the development of scientific methods for the evaluation of clinical-pharmacological and therapeutic measures of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) jointly with Dr Heinz Schmidli (Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland).

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