Research fellow

Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot

Curriculum vitae

Professor Iris Pigeot has been the director of the today’s Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS since March 2004 and has been in charge of the Department of Biometry and Data Management of the institute since September 2001.

Having finished her studies in statistics and sociology at the University of Dortmund in 1985, she worked as a scientific assistant, earned her doctorate with a dissertation on the topic “Estimators of common odds ratios in sparse contingency tables” in 1989, and earned a professorship for statistics with a post-doctoral dissertation entitled “Multiple tests in outlier detection” in 1993.

She was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Dortmund and as a full professor at the University of Munich. She also held positions as a visiting lecturer and a visiting professor in Mainz, Zurich (Switzerland), Aalborg (Denmark), and Bern (Switzerland). In September 2001 she accepted a full professorship for “Statistics with a Focus on Biometry and Methods in Epidemiology” at the University of Bremen.

Her research activities focus on the fields of graphical models, and genetic epidemiology. In recent years, she has widened the spectrum of her research to include the use of secondary data in the research of pharmaceutical drug safety as well as primary prevention and ist evaluation, especially for childhood obesity.

She received several teaching awards: the “Medal for Excellent Teaching” from the University of Dortmund in 1994, the “Award for Quality Teaching” from the Friends of the University of Munich in 1996, and the “Berninghausen Award for Excellent Teaching and ist Innovation” by the Friends of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen (so-called unifreunde) in 2008. In 2010, the IBS-DR awarded her the Susanne-Dahms medal for special accomplishments in the field of biometry.

She serves as a member of the supervisory board of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, as a member of the advisory board of the Federal Health Journal (Bundesgesundheitsblatt), as a member of the scientific council of the research data centres of the Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the federal states and as an editor of the book series on Epidemiology and Public Health published by Springer. Since 2015 she has been a member and since 2018 chair of the Representative Council of the International Biometric Society (IBS).

Research interests

  • Biometrical methods
  • Graphical models
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Primary prevention and ist evaluation (especially of childhood obesity)
  • Use of secondary data in drug safety research



Selected publications

  • Articles with peer-review

  • Buchner B, Hase F, Borchers D, Pigeot I. Aufgaben, Regularien und Arbeitsweise von Ethikkommissionen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(6):690-696.
  • Buck C, Loyen A, Foraita R, Van Cauwenberg J, De Craemer M, MacDonncha C, Oppert J-M, Brug J, Lien N, Cardon G, Pigeot I, Chastin S. Factors influencing sedentary behaviour: A system based analysis using Bayesian networks within DEDIPAC. PLOS ONE. 2019;14(1):e0211546.
  • Intemann T, Pigeot I, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Lissner L, Krogh V, Deren K, Molnar D, Moreno LA, Russo P, Siani A, Sirangelo I, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Pala V, on behalf of the I.Family consortium. Urinary sucrose and fructose to validate self-reported sugar intake in children and adolescents: Results from the I.Family study. European Journal of Nutrition. 2019;58(3):1247-1258.
  • Pigeot I, Foraita R, Frömke C, Haller B, Hoffmann VS, Zapf A. Ethische Bewertungen von Studien am Menschen außerhalb des regulatorischen Rahmens: nicht bindend, aber von großer Wichtigkeit. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(6):722-728.
  • Wirsik N, Otto-Sobotka F, Pigeot I. Modeling physical activity data using L0-penalized expectile regression. Biometrical Journal. 2019; (Epub 2019 June 6).
  • De Craemer M, Chastin S, Ahrens W, Bernaards C, Brug J, Buck C, Cardon G, Capranica L, Dargent-Molina P, De Lepeleere S, Hoffmann B, Kennedy A, Lakerveld J, Lien N, Ling FCM, Loyen A, MacDonncha C, Nazare J-A, O'Donoghue G, O'Gorman DJ, Perchoux C, Pigeot I, Simon C, Stierlin A, van der Ploeg H, Van Cauwenberg J, Oppert J-M. Data on determinants are needed to curb the sedentary epidemic in Europe. Lessons learnt from the DEDIPAC European Knowledge Hub. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018;15(7):1406.
  • Enders D, Engel S, Linder R, Pigeot I. Robust versus consistent variance estimators in marginal structural Cox models. Statistics in Medicine. 2018;37(24):3455-3470.
  • Enders D, Kollhorst B, Engel S, Linder R, Pigeot I. Comparison of multiple imputation and two-phase logistic regression to analyse two-phase case-control studies with rich phase 1: A simulation study. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. 2018;88(11):2201-2214.
  • Foraita R, Dijkstra L, Falkenberg F, Garling M, Linder R, Pflock R, Rizkallah Issak MR, Schwaninger M, Wright MN, Pigeot I. Aufdeckung von Arzneimittelrisiken nach der Zulassung: Methodenentwicklung zur Nutzung von Routinedaten der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherungen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2018;61(9):1075-1081.
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), in collaboration with Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Contributions of mean and shape of blood pressure distribution to worldwide trends and variations in raised blood pressure: A pooled analysis of 1018 population-based measurement studies with 88.6 million participants. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2018;47(3):872-883i.
  • Books

  • Bammann K, Lissner L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors, Instruments for health surveys in children and adolescents. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019.
  • Fahrmeir L, Heumann C, Künstler R, Pigeot I, Tutz G. Statistik: Der Weg zur Datenanalyse. 8. Auflage. Heidelberg: Springer; 2016.
  • Ahrens W, Pigeot I, editors, Handbook of epidemiology. 2nd edition. New York: Springer; 2014.
  • Kreienbrock L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W. Epidemiologische Methoden. 5. Auflage. Berlin: Springer; 2012.
  • Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors, Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents - Prevalence and etiology. New York: Springer; 2011.
  • Caputo A, Fahrmeir L, Künstler R, Lang S, Pigeot I, Tutz G. Arbeitsbuch Statistik. 5. verbesserte Auflage. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
  • Hauschke D, Steinijans V, Pigeot I. Bioequivalence studies in drug development - Methods and applications. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons; 2007.
  • Book chapters

  • Ahrens W, Pigeot I, Bammann K. The IDEFICS/I.Family studies: Design and methods of a large European child cohort. In: Bammann K, Lissner L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Instruments for health surveys in children and adolescents. Springer series on epidemiology and public health. Ahrens, Wolfgang; Pigeot, Iris, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019. S. 1-24.
  • Ahrens W, Kreienbrock L, Pigeot I. Epidemiologische Methoden in den Gesundheitswissenschaften. In: Haring R, editors. Gesundheitswissenschaften. Springer Reference Medizin & Pflege - Therapie - Gesundheit. Berlin: Springer; 2019.
  • Ahrens W, Lauria F, Formisano A, Moreno LA, Pigeot I. Pre- and postnatal factors obtained from health records. In: Bammann K, Lissner L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Instruments for health surveys in children and adolescents. Springer series on epidemiology and public health. Ahrens, Wolfgang; Pigeot, Iris, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019. S. 175-188.
  • Reineke A, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, Rach S. MODYS - A modular control and documentation system for epidemiological studies. In: Bammann K, Lissner L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Instruments for health surveys in children and adolescents. Springer series on epidemiology and public health. Ahrens, Wolfgang; Pigeot, Iris, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019. S. 25-45.
  • Zeeb H, Pischke CR, Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Anforderungen an die Evaluation lebensweltbezogener Ansätze der Übergewichtsprävention. In: Dadaczynski K, Quilling E, Walter U, editors. Übergewichtsprävention im Kindes- und Jugendalter. Grundlagen, Strategien und Interventionskonzepte in Lebenswelten. Bern: Hogrefe; 2018. S. 229-240.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences (invited)

  • Pigeot I. Data sharing: Best practice oder mission impossible? 23. Konferenz der SAS Anwender in Forschung und Entwicklung (KSFE 2019), 7.-8. März 2019, Berlin.
  • Pigeot I, Pohlabeln H, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Pregnancy-induced hypertension and other early life influences in the development of ADHD: Results from the IDEFICS study. 7th World Congress on ADHD, 25-28 April 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Pigeot I. Sekundärdaten in der pharmakoepidemiologischen Forschung: Können moderne statistische Verfahren Limitationen der Daten ausgleichen? 2. Frühjahrssymposium des Fachverbands für Dokumentation und Informationsmanagement in der Medizin (DVMD), 2. März 2018, Duisburg.
  • Pigeot I. Biometrie im Antrag: Biometrische Planung von Tierversuchen. Fortbildung Versuchstierkunde, 23. April 2018, Bremen.
  • Pigeot I. Nutzung großer Datenmengen in der Pharmakovigilanz. 6. Pharmakovigilanz-Infotag des Bundesverbands der Pharmazeutischen Industrie (BPI), 26. April 2018, Berlin.
  • Pigeot I. Nutzung von Sekundärdaten für die pharmakoepidemiologische Forschung: Lassen sich Limitationen der Daten durch moderne statistische Verfahren oder Datenlinkage ausgleichen? Forschungsseminar des Bundesinstituts für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM), 8. Mai 2018, Bonn.
  • Pigeot I, Kollhorst B. Beispiele für die Verknüpfung verschiedener Datenquellen mit den Daten der gesetzlichen Krankenkassen. 7. StatistikTage Bamberg/Fürth, 19.-20. Juli 2018, Bamberg.
  • Pigeot I, Mansmann U. Die Rolle medizinischer Ethikkommissionen in Deutschland aus der Perspektive der Biometrie. Kolloquium "Statistische Methoden in der empirischen Forschung" des Instituts für Veterinär-Epidemiologie und Biometrie der Freien Universität Berlin, 16. Oktober 2018, Berlin.
  • Other presentations/speechs (invited)

  • Pigeot I. Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen fragen Sie Ihren Arzt oder Apotheker…. Treffen des DGB Arbeitskreis Senioren Verden, 25. Februar 2019, Verden.
  • Pigeot I. Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen fragen Sie Ihren Arzt oder Apotheker... Universität der 3. Generation, 26. April 2018, Bremen.
  • Letters

  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), in collaboration with Ahrens W, Pigeot I, Pohlabeln H. Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults. Nature. 2019;569(7755):260-264.

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Prizes and awards

  • Preis für herausragende Promotionsbetreuung
    University of Bremen (2019)
    Award for Outstanding Doctoral Supervision
  • 1st Prize in Oral Communication modality in the area of Metabolism (W. Ahrens, C. Börnh., I. Pigeot)
    European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) (2018)
    Oral presentation "Trajectories of overweight and metabolic syndrome in the IDEFICS/I.Family cohort"
  • Nominiert für den L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science
    Leibniz Association (2015)
    Outstanding contribution to the general advancement of science
  • Nominiert für AcademiaNet
    Leibniz Association (2015)
  • Susanne-Dahms-Medaille
    German Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS-DR) (2010)
    for special accomplishments in the field of biometry
  • Berninghausen-Preis für ausgezeichnete Lehre


Study course Mathematics (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

  • Statistics 1 (estimation and testing)
  • Statistics 2 (advanced lectures on nonparametric statistics, multiple testing, multivariate statistics or graphical models)

Study course Medical Biometry/Biostatistics (M.Sc.)
  • Lectures on statistical modeling (e.g. regression analysis)

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