Institute of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

The Institute of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology / Chair for Medical Informatics are active in research and teaching in the areas of medical informatics, biometry and epidemiology.

Prof. K. A. Kuhn is coordinator of DIFUTURE.

Research

In medical informatics our focus lies on translational information processing, information integration, information security and data privacy. In statistics we work on prognostic factors, therapy research, clinical studies, statistical genetics and epidemiology.

From 2012 until 2016, the institute was participating 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), we implemented solutions supporting access to biosamples. Between 2010 and 2015, K. A. Kuhn chaired 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). The DIS software is currently being converted into an open-source project.

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, this internationally recognized software is being maintained and further developed under the leadership of the institute.

An important current project is placed under the umbrella of the “Medical Informatics” funding scheme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Here, the institute is coordinating and leading the consortium DIFUTURE (The Munich-Tübingen Alliance for Data Integration and Future Medicine). Moreover, we are involved in the EU project BBMRI-ERIC ADOPT.

Teaching

We offer courses for students of medicine, computer science and statistics. We teach basic principles of scientific work as well as modern methods of biometry and applied computer science.

We offer consulting services in all of our areas of expertise, including biometry for clinical studies as well as information technology for research projects. In addition to that we offer seminars and training workshops. We closely cooperate with the Munich Study Centre.