The Statistics in Epidemiology group focuses on the design and analysis of a wide range of studies in epidemiology including observational studies and trials.
The group operates the data centre of the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA) and more recently for the COVCO-Basel study. We develop models for studying the long- and short-term effects of environmental exposures on population health and support analyses of these cohorts collaborating internationally.
We collaborate with and provide statistical support to researchers. We have particular interests in the analysis of cohorts, and in applications in non-communicable disease and infectious diseases such as malaria.
The group runs statistics courses in the Faculty of Science and contributes to postgraduate courses in the medical curriculum.
The SAPALDIA cohort investigates since 1991 the effects of life style and environment on the chronic diseases and aging in adults of the Swiss general population. To investigate causal biologic mechanisms a systematic prospective collection of population-based blood samples was started and the SAPALDIA biobank was established. SAPALDIA is one of the very few population-based adult longitudinal cohort studies in Europe examining the exposome of cardio-respiratory disease, multi-morbidity, and also healthy aging. Read more
By studying the impact of the Urban Exposome on the major contributors to Europe’s burden of disease: Cardio-Metabolic and Pulmonary Disease, the EXPANSE project will address one of the most pertinent questions for urban planners, policy makers, and European citizens: “How to maximize one’s health in a modern urban environment?” Read more
Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), or bed nets, are the mainstay of malaria control. However, more than 50% of people living in endemic areas are currently unprotected because LLINs often wear out sooner than their expected lifespan. The goal of the ViALLIN MUsAcc project is to develop a digital tool enabling national malaria control programmes to improve planning for programmatic LLIN distribution, monitoring of LLIN quality and selection of the best product for use according to contextual settings. Read more
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Latest PublicationsAll Publications
Daniore P et al. Interplay of digital proximity app use and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine uptake in Switzerland: analysis of two population-based cohort studies. Int J Public Health. 2023;68:1605812. DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2023.1605812
Fakih B.S et al. Risk of imported malaria infections in Zanzibar: a cross-sectional study. Infect Dis Poverty. 2023;12:80. DOI: 10.1186/s40249-023-01129-5
Harju E et al. Changes in healthcare utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic and potential causes : a cohort study from Switzerland. Int J Public Health. 2023;68:1606010. DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2023.1606010
Loiseau C et al. The relative transmission fitness of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a drug resistance hotspot. Nat Commun. 2023;14:1988. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-37719-y
Markevych I et al. Residential greenspace and lung function decline over 20 years in a prospective cohort: the ECRHS study. Environ Int. 2023;178:108036. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2023.108036