Head of Division:
The department EuB represents two main quantitative methodological fields in medical research and patient care. In addition, we also pursue our own projects targeting reseach questions in the field of health care and epidemiology. We are committed to the principles of evidence-based medicine in teaching and research and thus aim to contribute to better health care in the region and beyond. Our main areas of research are closely interlinked.
In the area of Clinical Epidemiology (Prof. A. Timmer), we conduct survey-based projects on the care of young and adult people with chronic diseases. We develop and validate suitable disease-specific instruments, technical solutions and innovative ways of analysis for this purpose. We have, in addition, long standing expertise in the field of systematic reviews (Cochrane),as well as in the validation of routine data. We preferentially work in multidisciplinary teams with participation of affected persons. We are particularly committed to the application of clinical epidemiology methods in research and teaching in cooperation with clinical and non-faculty partners. We are particularly interested in innovative study designs and surveys in the context of intervention studies in community settings. We are also happy to take on tasks in the area of field work and study support. Currently, we are co-PI in the Eu-funded project MIDDEL together with the Institute of Music.
The area of Cancer Epidemiology results from the cooperation with the Epidemiological Cancer Registry of Lower Saxony as well as the high relevance of oncology in everyday care in the region. Projects with cancer care data are currently underway with the Clinic for Hematology and Oncology and the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the Pius Hospital Oldenburg. Since 2023 our team is being supported by Julia Beckhaus, who is currently doing her PhD in pediatric oncology. With her we will be able to plan new projects and pick up old threads again. Feel free to contact us for collaborations – we are looking forward to it!
In the focus area Biometrical Methods (Dr. Fabian Otto-Sobotka), methods for modeling patient-relevant measurements in the context of health services research are applied and further developed. Examples of application are mobility measures in the project Äquipa, or patient satisfaction from the project Transition. The progression-free survival times of patients with mutated lung cancer beyond a mean value were also investigated in our own DFG project VREIZEIT using data from the University Clinic for Haematology and Oncology at the Pius Hospital Oldenburg.