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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Division of Clinical Research Methods

Head: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Held

The Division Clinical Research Methods supports clinical research projects of the four University hospitals Zurich (USZ, Children’s Hospital, Balgrist, and PUK) and of the four partner hospitals of the Medical Faculty (Cantonal Hospitals Baden, St. Gallen, Winterthur, and City Hospital Zurich). The Division is involved in the translation from methodological research to clinical research, meaning that current methodology in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology are applied to answer clinical research questions. The development and validation of clinical prediction models, the design and analysis of RCTs, design and analysis of observational studies, as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses are our main areas of research.

If you are interested in working with us, please visit our Clinical Research Methods page to learn how we operate and to register with your information.

We offer statistical programming courses using the free software environment R to increase programming skills, biostatistics knowledge and to promote good research practice. These courses are tailored to applications in medical research. Courses take place regularly (4-5 times per year), and they are free of charge for UZH members.

Further, we are developing and teaching advanced statistical programming courses in the Digital Skills 4 You initiative, (DISK4U) with funding provided by swissuniversities. Currently, we are offering three Get-R_eady courses, please find details here (link:


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