Prof. Dr. Tim Friede

Head of the Department of Medical Statistics

telephone: +49 551 3965601

fax: +49 551 3965605

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) and serves on the Board of Directors of the SGISC since the beginning of 2020. He is also a member of the Campus-Institut Data Science (CIDAS) since 2023.

Main research areas

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.

He is trial statistician for a number of clinical studies. An overview over the ongoing research projects can be found under research.

Involvement in professional societies

  • Since 2024: member of the DFG review board for the subject 2.22-01 "Epidemiology and Medical Biometry/Statistics" in review board 2.22 "Medicine"
  • Since 2024: chair of representative council, International Biometric Society (IBS)
  • Since 2022: member of the board of the European Association of Data Sciences (EuADS)
  • Since 2021: elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM)
  • Since 2021: member of the "Cancer Therapy Studies" expert committee of the German Cancer Aid 
  • Since 2021: member of the "Clinical Trials" review group of  the German Research Foundation (DFG
  • 2021 - 2023: representative council, IBS
  • Since 2019: deputy member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lower Saxony Clinical Cancer Registry (KKN
  • 2019 ‑ 2022: chair, German Consortium in Statistics (DAGStat)
  • Since 2017: head of the commission for methodological aspects of the work of IQWiG and IQTIG
  • Since 2015: member of the German Cardiac Society (DGK) and a member of the committee for health technology assessment procedures
  • 2014 ‑ 2018: vice-/president, German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR)
  • Since 2012: principal investigator, German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)
  • 2008 - 2015: member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, IBS
  • 2008 - 2013: member of the international council, IBS
  • 2005 - 2009: member of the council of the German Region, IBS-DR

Activities in editorial boards


  • 2024: Susanne Dahms Medal for outstanding accomplishments for the International Biometric Society and its German Region (IBS-DR) 
  • 2023: David-Sackett Award of the Evidence Based Medicine Network for the project "UTI-IPD - Reducing antibiotic use in uncomplicated urinary tract infections in adult women: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis" in collaboration with the Department of General Practice and Family Medicine (UMG)  and under the direction of Prof. Dr Ildikó Gágyor from the University Hospital Würzburg
  • 2021: Paul-Martini-Prize to promote the development of scientific methods for the assessment of clinical-pharmacological and therapeutic measures of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) together with Dr Heinz Schmidli (Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland) Übersetzung prüfen
  • 2001: Young Scientist Award by the IBS-DR with Tim Friede’s PhD thesis on internal pilot trials
  • 1999: GMDS Student Prize for Tim Friede’s diploma thesis: "Adaptive case number planning in clinical trials in the t-test situation." 

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