Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology

The institute is involved in both methodological and applied research. In medical informatics our focus lies on digital medicine, big data in medicine, translational information processing and information integration. Related to this, a further focus of the institute is information security and data protection.

An important current project is the “Medical Informatics” funding scheme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In this context, the institute is coordinating and leading the consortium DIFUTURE (Data Integration for Future Medicine). In the CRC 1321 the institute is developing a platform for data integration and analysis for translational research on pancreatic cancer. Moreover, we are involved in the EU project BBMRI-ERIC ADOPT. The open-source data anonymization tool ARX originated from a cooperation between TUM’s chairs for medical informatics, information security and database systems between 2011 and 2013. Since then, the software has been maintained and further developed under the leadership of the institute.

Between 2010 and 2015, the institute led the structural project “Data Integration System” (DIS) of the BMBF-funded leading edge cluster m4. Its underlying ethics and data protection concept has been approved by three ethics committees (TUM, LMU, Bavarian Medical Association), and it has been reviewed by the data protection officer of Bavaria (BayLfD). Today, the solutions developed are available as open source software with commercial support. From 2012 until 2016, the institute participated in the FP7 project BioMedBridges which aimed at building data bridges over twelve biomedical sciences research infrastructures of the ESFRI roadmap. In the preparatory phase of BBMRI and in the context of BBMRI-LPC (2013-2017), the institute implemented solutions supporting access to biosamples.

In statistics we work on prognostic factors, therapy research, clinical studies, statistical genetics and epidemiology.