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Tim Friede honoured with Susanne Dahms Medal

Presentation of the medal to Tim Friede by Anne-Laure Boulesteix, President of the IBS-DR.| © Studio85.de – Christine Beneke

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In clinical trials, new therapies or drugs are tested on a large number of patients or healthy volunteers: Nothing works without biometrics. This is because studies have to be statistically planned, systematically checked and carefully analysed. This is Tim Friede's speciality: he is Professor of Biostatistics at the University Medical Center Göttingen, where he leads the Institute of Medical Statistics. Friede, who is Principal Investigator at the DZHK site in Göttingen, has now been awarded the Susanne Dahms Medal for his achievements in the field of biometrics at the 70th Biometric Colloquium in Lübeck.

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The award, sponsored by the German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR), has been presented since 2009 to scientists in recognition of their outstanding achievements for the International Biometric Society or its German Region.

Everyone who has ever had to renew their passport photo has come across the keyword "biometric". But biometric data does not only play a role in areas where it is used as proof of identity. The science of biometrics can be found in every clinical study: how should the data collected during a study be organised in order to answer the study question? What statistical design does a study need in order to obtain findings quickly and avoid false results? Biometricians like Tim Friede use mathematical methods to answer these questions.

Together with physicians, he has statistically planned, systematically reviewed and evaluated numerous clinical studies in which the physical characteristics of the participants are measured and analysed - many of them in the field of cardiovascular medicine. "Only with the help of biometrics can we reliably determine how effective and how well tolerated new therapies or drugs really are," says mathematician and study statistician Tim Friede. He is in charge of the biometric part of seven clinical studies at the DZHK.

In her laudatory speech, Prof. Dr Anne-Laure Boulesteix, President of the IBS-DR, particularly emphasised Professor Friede's voluntary work for the professional association over 20 years, both nationally and internationally. He was President of the German Region of the IBS in 2015 and 2016 and was editor of the Biometrical Journal, which is supported by some regions of the IBS. He is currently Chairman of the Representative Council of the IBS, in which over 30 regions worldwide are represented.

More information on Tim Friede's research focus

Contact: Prof Dr Tim Friede, University Medical Center Göttingen, Director of the Institute of Medical Statistics, tim.friede(at)med.uni-goettingen.de