Institute for Biometrics and Epidemiology

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Population-based studies to improve prevention and care

The Institute for Biometrics and Epidemiology conducts population-based studies on the descriptive epidemiology of the two types of diabetes and its complications to improve prevention and early detection, as well as medical care of patients with diabetes.

The Institute for Biometrics and Epidemiology (IBE) with its two Research Groups Biometrics, Epidemiology and the Junior Research Group Systemic Reviews works on the population-based aspects of diabetes. This work covers a wide spectrum from only apparently simple questions on the frequency of diabetes (How many people have been diagnosed with diabetes? How many are newly diagnosed each year?) over risk factors for the disease (Which characteristics or behaviors increase diabetes risk?) to questions of diabetes treatment (How effective and safe are current glucose-lowering treatments?)

To answer these questions, the IBE collects own data, but also cooperates with external partners like population-based cohorts or providers of routine data. The IBE advises all research groups of the DDZ on methodical issues (Which study design is appropriate to study my hypothesis? How large should my study sample be? Which statistical methods can I use for the analysis?), and also develops new statistical methods for diabetes research.

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