The study portfolio of the institute comprises innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the field of clinical epidemiology and biometry for defined disease areas. These projects are implemented in close cooperation with departments as well as research infrastructure of the University Hospital and the University of Würzburg, e.g. the Comprehensive Heart Failure Centre or the Centre for Clinical Studies. These research projects are developed in particular at the interface between clinical medicine and clinical epidemiology using up-to-date epidemiological and statistical methods.
The main research strategy of the IKE B includes: investigating natural course, causes and patterns of disease occurrence; improving the diagnosis at various disease states; developing new models for predicting prognosis and outcome at different stages of the disease continuum; defining strategies for the prevention of defined stages of the disease; and improving adequacy and quality of medical care.
Another focus is the methodological research on the development and application of new methods in the field of clinical epidemiology and biometry such as: new approaches in intervention studies; new methods for confounder control in observational studies; use of routine data for scientific questions; raising the research profile of register studies; and developing new methods for implementing clinical research into clinical care.
Thematically, the research activities of the institute are divided into the three main research areas of clinical research, clinical epidemiology and health services research.
A number of independent research projects are currently performed at the Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry in different disease areas. These projects include for example:
- SICFAIL cohort study
- Euroaspire IV
- Euroaspiere V
- Prospective cohort study on obesity and heart failure
- COMT Studie
- Quali Pa
- Updating of interdisciplinary S3 guideline for diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of breast cancer
In addition, we have recently established a dedicated Survey Unit for performing comprehensive epidemiological examinations for large scale prospective studies in cooperation with the research group clinical epidemiology of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center Würzburg.