Department of Medical Statistics, University Goettingen

Prof. Tim Friede

Head of Department
Office room:
Humboldtallee 32, GF 124

Short biography

Since January 2010 Tim Friede is Professor of Biostatistics at the University Medical Center Göttingen where he heads up the Department of Medical Statistics. He graduated in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) from the University of Karlsruhe and obtained a PhD ( from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Heidelberg. In 2001 he joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University as NHS Training Fellow in Medical Statistics and was later promoted to Lecturer in Biostatistics. From 2004 he worked for Novartis Pharma AG, Basel before joining Warwick Medical School as Associate Professor of Medical Statistics in October 2006. In 2014 he was awarded the certificate „Biometry in Medicine“ by the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) and the German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR) which demonstrates his qualification as trial statistician.

Since 2011 Tim Friede is also director of the Centre for Informatics, Statistics und Epidemiology that comprises of four departments, namely the Department of Medical Informatics, the Department of Medical Statistics, the Department of Genetic Epidemiology and the Department of Bioinformatics. In 2015 he joined the newly founded Sino-German Institute for Social Computing (SGISC). At the heart of the new Institute of the Universities of Göttingen, Germany and Nanjing, China lies interdisciplinary research on social networks and BIG DATA.

Since March 2015 Tim Friede is President of the German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR). Previously he was Vize-President for one year and served the German Region as well as the international society in various funtions including as member of the international council from 2008 – 2013, as member of the Editorial Advisory Committee from 2008 – 2015 and as member of the council of the German Region from 2005 – 2009.

Tim Friede is Section Editor of PLoS ONE as well as Associate Editor of Biometrical Journal and BMC Medical Research Methodology. From 2009 to 2011 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Biometrical Journal jointly with Professor Leonhard Held (Zurich). From 2003 - 2011 he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Drug Information Journal.

He is principal investigator in the Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung (DZHK, German centre for cardiovascular research) and in the EU funded „Innovative methodology for small populations research“ (InSPiRe) project. He also serves as trial statistician for a number of clinical studies including the EU-CERT-ICD cohort, several DZHK studies, the DZNE Phase 1 dose-escalation study VostatAD01, and the EARLY PRO-TECT Alport study. An overview over the ongoing research projects can be found under Research.

Tim Friede's methodological research interests are in clinical biostatistics including designs for clinical trials (in particular flexible adaptive designs), systematic reviews / meta-analyses (see Systematic Review Unit) and generalized evidence synthesis as well as applications in rare diseases.

In 1999 Tim Friede was awarded the GMDS Student Prize for his master thesis. In 2001 he won the Young Scientist Award by the IBS-DR with his PhD thesis. In 2012 he was awarded the Paul-Martini-Prize of the GMDS jointly with Dr Heinz Schmidli (Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland).

Selected Publications