Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1978
    Studied statistics as a major subject, economics and social science as minor subjects at TU Dortmund University, Germany

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    Research associate in the Department of Statistics at TU Dortmund University, then at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO), in Lyon, France

  • 1985 – 1988
    Special expert in the field of radiation epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, USA

  • 1988 – 1989
    Lecturer in medical statistics at the Department of Statistics and Department of Community Health, University of Liverpool, UK

  • 1989 – 1997
    Statistician and epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1997 – 1999
    Visiting researcher at the IARC in Lyon, France

  • 1999
    C4 professor of epidemiology and medical statistics in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Since 2003
    Director of the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (IMBEI) at Mainz University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Cardis, E. et al.: Risk of cancer after low doses of ionising radiation – retrospective cohort study in 15 countries. In: British Medical Journal 331, 2005. S. 77-80.

  • Hammer, G.P. et al.: A cohort study of childhood cancer incidence after postnatal diagnostic X-ray exposure. In: Radiation Research 171, 2009. S. 504-512.

  • Kaatsch, P. et al.: Leukaemia in young children living in the vicinity of German nuclear power plants. In: International Journal of Cancer 1220, 2008. S. 721-726.

  • Blettner, M. et al.: Medical exposure to ionising radiation and the risk of brain tumours: Interphone study group, Germany. In: European Journal of Cancer 43, 2007. S. 1990-1998.


Selected projects

  • ISIMEP: Intrinsic radiation sensitivity – Identification, mechanisms and epidemiology

  • NPW: Cancer risk to employees of nuclear power plants

  • COSMIC: Cohort study on aviation personnel

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Biometrical Society: Member of the scientific council of the German Medical Association, since 2010

  • Member of the scientific council of the Institute for Quality and Cost-Effectiveness in Health Care (IQWIG), since 2009

  • Member of the scientific council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), since 2007

  • Vice chairperson, Rhineland-Palatinate Tumour Centre, since 2005

  • Member of the Mammography working group, German Radiation Protection Commission, 2002 – 2005

  • Member (committee 1) of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), since 2001

  • Member and vice chairperson of the Radar Commission (BMVg), 2000 – 2001

  • Chairperson of the German Radiation Protection Commission, 1999 – 2001

  • Member of the main commission of the German Radiation Protection Commission, 1998 – 2001

German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometrics and Epidemiology (GMDS):

  • Chairperson of the group Epidemiology, 1996 – 2000

  • Member of chair, 1996 – 2000

Activities in Radiation Research and Radiation Protection:

  • Member of the German Radiation Protection Commission (commission on risk assessment), 1996 – 1999

  • Member of the International Council, 1996 – 1999

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the German Region of the International Biometrical Society, 1993 – 1997

International Society of Epidemiologic Research:

  • Associate editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology, 1990 – 2000

  • Chairperson of the Epidemiological Methods working group, 1990 – 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Epidemiology Certificate of the German Society for Epidemiology (DgEpi)


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