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MEDIASRES - Novel Statistical Methodology for Diagnostic/Prognostic and Therapeutic Studies and Systematic Reviews

MEDIASRES is an international PhD programme for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training programme. The network is funded by  the European Community’s Seventh Framework programme FP7/2011. The European Commission wants to make research careers more attractive to young people and therefore offers early-stage researchers the opportunity to improve their research skills, join established research teams and enhance their career prospects via the so-called Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. The scientific network goal of MEDIASRES is to develop tailor-made statistical methodology for meeting specific current and future challenges in diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic research and systematic reviews. MEDIASRES is coordinated by the University Medical Center Freiburg (notably Professor Martin Schumacher from the Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics), has started on January 1, 2012 and will be carried out over a period of 4 years. The network consists of seven academic partner institutions (red dots) and three partners from industry (yellow) plus 1 Associate Partner from the USA (not on the map).

What MEDIASRES will deliver

The main goal of the project is to establish a joint research-training programme by an interdisciplinary and intersectoral network for providing early-stage researchers with deep insight into cutting-edge statistical methodology. Europe-wide exchanges will be ensured to meet the need for mobility in today’s globalised society and the integration of full industry partners and clinical advisors in the network enables optimal conditions for research driven by application.

The network will build up, strengthen and structure initial training of researchers at a European level based on a combination of the particular local education programmes, but also extending education beyond this. The aim is to create an inspiring and productive environment on an international competitive level for the training of a new generation of highly educated biostatistical researchers, who will significantly contribute to, e.g., the design of trials and experiments, the analysis of complex or high-dimensional data and knowledge translation.

Partner Institutions

University Medical Center Freiburg (UKL-FR), Germany (Coordinator)

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom

University of Bern (UBERN), Switzerland

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway

University of Vigo (UVIGO), Spain

Department of Biostatistics, Gillings school of global public health, USA (Associate Partner)


Partners from Industry

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), United Kingdom

H. Lundbeck A/S, Denmark

Novartis, Switzerland


by Dr. Radut