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Department of Medical Statistics

Discussion Paper "On the role of data, statistics and decisions in a pandemic"

This discussion paper was prepared with the participation of Prof. Tim Friede and published in the current issue of the journal "Advances in Statistical Analysis".
The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of decision-making processes during a pandemic and to make recommendations on this from a statistical perspective.
See article "On the role of data, statistics and decisions in a pandemic".

Statement on the systematic review "The serotonin theory of depression"

In a recent article of the NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Professor Friede comments on the systematic review "The serotonin theory of depression".

See article "Serotonin deficiency probably does not lead to depression after all" (in German, free registration required).

A highlight of the 5th Night of Knowledge on 9th of July 2022

What gummy bears can reveal about statistics and medical studies (and what this has to do with Corona vaccine research).
Anyone interested can find out this and more at the 5th Night of Knowledge at the Department of Medical Statistics.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., experiment / demonstration, hands-on activity, Prof. Dr. Tim Mathes and staff members

See UMG event programme.

Participation in the EARLY-PROTECT-ALPORT study

The EARLY-PROTECT-ALPORT study proves that children with Alport syndrome can be treated safely and effectively at an early age.

In an interview, Professor Tim Friede explains the importance of choosing the right statistical methods. Read the interview.

In a video contribution, the project is presented by the project leader, Professor Oliver Gross from the University Medical Center Göttingen. See the video.

Participation in the EU-funded project ESCAPE

The Institute of Medical Statistics is participating in the EU-funded ESCAPE project. The first issue of the ESCAPE project newsletter provides an up-to-date overview of news and project progress.

See ESCAPE project newsletter.

Neuroscience Yearbook 2021/2022

The yearbook 2021/22 of the Neuroscience program, of which Prof. Friede is member, is available. This booklet contains general information on the program as well as profiles of all students and faculty members of the program.

See neuroscience yearbook 2021/22.

Participation in the international pancreatic cancer study METAPANC

The Department of Medical Statistics is participating in the international pancreatic cancer study METAPANC of the UMG, which is funded by the German Research Foundation. The aim of this multi-centre study is to investigate whether a multimodal therapy, which includes chemotherapy and tumour and metastasis resection, can improve the survival and quality of life of pancreatic cancer patients.

Article in the Göttinger Tageblatt.

Adaptive Designs and Multiple Testing Procedures Workshop 2021

The Workshop ADMTP 2021 took place online on June 10th and 11th and was hosted by the Department of Medical Statistics. Local organizing Team: Dr. Thomas Asendorf, Marius Placzek, Anna-Maria Kloidt and Prof. Dr. Tim Friede.

The full program is available here.

The ADMTP Working Group

The Adaptive Designs and Multiple Testing Procedures working group has the aim to promote the development and
application of biostatistical procedures in the fields of multiple testing and group adaptive designs. The working group
organises an annual workshop, which offers presentations on state of the art research on adaptive designs and
multiple testing procedures and related fields, but also showcases of the practical implementation of these methods.

For further information on the working group see: www.biometrische-gesellschaft.de/arbeitsgruppen/adaptive-designs-multiple-testing-procedures.html

DAGStat-Symposium 2021

How data and statistics influence policy

Online panel discussion on the occasion of the Symposium of the German Working Group on Statistics (DAGStat) 2021 in cooperation with the German-American Institute Heidelberg on Thursday, 25 March 2021 from 20:00-21:30 hrs.


The current Corona pandemic has shown the important role that data and statistics play in political decision-making. In a panel discussion on the occasion of the DAGStat Symposium 2021, representatives from science and politics will use the example of the Corona pandemic to discuss which data must be collected in order to support political decision-making with suitable models and statistics.

 Participating in the discussion:

    Prof. Dr. Helmut Küchenhoff, statistician at the LMU Munich
    Dr. Walter Radermacher, former President of the Federal Statistical Office and Director General of Eurostat
    Christin Schäfer, founder of the Data Science Boutique acs plus and member of the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government

Moderation: Joachim Müller-Jung, Science Editor of the FAZ

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