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

    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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