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.

The research activities of Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot focus on use of secondary data in the research of pharmaceutical drug safety as well as primary prevention and its evaluation, especially of childhood obesity, graphical models, and genetic epidemiology. In recent years, she has widened the spectrum of her research to include digital public health as well as statistical and privacy issues related to research data infrastructure.

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. She was awarded the "Award for Outstanding Doctoral Supervision" for her professional and encouraging support of doctoral candidates in 2019. In 2010, the IBS-DR awarded her the Susanne-Dahms medal for special accomplishments in the field of biometry.

She serves among others as a member of the supervisory board of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, as a member of the scientific advisory board of ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, 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.

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

  • Ahrens W, Greiser KH, Linseisen J, Pischon T, Pigeot I. Erforschung von Erkrankungen in der NAKO Gesundheitsstudie. Die wichtigsten gesundheitlichen Endpunkte und ihre Erfassung. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(4):376-384.
  • Bogl L-H, Mehlig K, Ahrens W, Gwozdz W, De Henauw S, Molnár D, Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Russo P, Solea A, Veidebaum T, Kaprio J, Lissner L, Hebestreit A, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia. Like me, like you – relative importance of peers and siblings on children’s fast food consumption and screen time but not sports club participation depends on age. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2020;17:50.
  • Dijkstra L, Garling M, Foraita R, Pigeot I. Adverse drug reaction or innocent bystander? A systematic comparison of statistical discovery methods for spontaneous reporting systems. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 2020;29(4):396-403.
  • Intemann T, Mehlig K, De Henauw S, Siani A, Constantinou T, Moreno LA, Molnár D, Veidebaum T, Pigeot I, on behalf of the I.Family consortium. SIMEX for correction of dietary exposure effects with Box-Cox transformed data. Biometrical Journal. 2020;62(1):221-237.
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), in collaboration with Pigeot I, Ahrens W. National trends in total cholesterol obscure heterogeneous changes in HDL and non-HDL cholesterol and total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio: A pooled analysis of 458 population-based studies in Asian and Western countries. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2020;49(1):173-192.
  • Rauch G, Hafermann L, Mansmann U, Pigeot I. A comprehensive survey among statistical members of medical ethics committees in Germany on their personal impression of completeness and correctness of biostatistical aspects of submitted study protocols. BMJ Open. 2020;10:e032864.
  • Schipf S, Schöne G, Schmidt B, Günther K, Stübs G, Greiser KH, Bamberg F, Meinke-Franze C, Becher H, Berger K, Brenner H, Castell S, Damms-Machado A, Fischer B, Franzke C-W, Fricke J, Gastell S, Günther M, Hoffmann W, Holleczek B, Jaeschke L, Jagodzinski A, Jöckel K-H, Kaaks R, Kauczor H-U, Kemmling Y, Kluttig A, Krist L, Kurth B-M, Kuß O, Legath N, Leitzmann M, Lieb W, Linseisen J, Löffler M, Michels K, Mikolajczyk R, Pigeot I, Mueller U, Peters A, Rach S, Schikowski T, Schulze MB, Stallmann C, Stang A, Swart E, Waniek S, Wirkner K, Völzke H, Pischon T, Ahrens W. Die Basiserhebung der NAKO Gesundheitsstudie: Teilnahme an den Untersuchungsmodulen, Qualitätssicherung und Nutzung von Sekundärdaten. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(3):254-266.
  • Wolters M, Dejanovic GM, Asllanaj E, Günther K, Pohlabeln H, Bramer W, Ahrens J, Nagrani R, Pigeot I, Franco OH, Ahrens W, Muka T, Glisic M. Effects of phytoestrogen supplementation on intermediate cardiovascular disease risk factors among postmenopausal women: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2020;27(9):1081-1092.
  • Zeeb H, Pigeot I, Schüz B. Digital Public Health - ein Überblick. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(2):137-144.
  • Buchner B, Hase F, Borchers D, Pigeot I. Aufgaben, Regularien und Arbeitsweise von Ethikkommissionen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(6):690-696.
  • Buck C, Eiben G, Lauria F, Konstabel K, Page A, Ahrens W, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia. Urban moveability and physical activity in children: Longitudinal results from the IDEFICS and I.Family cohort. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019;16:128.
  • 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, on behalf of the DEDIPAC consortium. 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, Molnár 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 Bewertung von Studien am Menschen außerhalb des regulatorischen Rahmens: Nicht bindend, aber von großer Wichtigkeit. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(6):722-728. (Erratum: Pigeot I, Foraita R, Frömke C, Haller B, Hoffmann VS, Zapf, A. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2019;62(10):1276-1277.
  • Wirsik N, Otto-Sobotka F, Pigeot I. Modeling physical activity data using L0-penalized expectile regression. Biometrical Journal. 2019;61(6):1371-1384.
  • 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. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2019. S. 1-24.
  • Ahrens W, Kreienbrock L, Pigeot I. Epidemiologische Methoden in den Gesundheitswissenschaften. In: Haring R, editor. Gesundheitswissenschaften. Berlin: Springer. 2019. 103-117.
  • 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. 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. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2019. S. 25-45.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences (invited)

  • Pigeot I. Data Sharing: Best Practice oder Mission Impossible? Kolloquienreihe des Instituts für Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemiologie und Informatik (IMBEI), 16. Januar 2020, Mainz.
  • 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. The German Pharmacoepidemiological Research Database: Can it provide RWE? 73. Workshop der AG Pharmazeutische Forschung der Deutschen Region der Internationalen Biometrischen Gesellschaft, 29. November 2019, Ludwigshafen.
  • Pigeot I. Arzneimittelanwendungsforschung: Data Linkage und Data Sharing bei der Nutzung von Routinedaten der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherungen. 26. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Arzneimittelanwendungsforschung und Arzneimittelepidemiologie (GAA), 21.-22. November 2019, Bonn.
  • 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.
  • Other presentations/speechs (invited)

  • Pigeot I. Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen fragen Sie Ihren Arzt oder Apotheker... Treffen des DGB Arbeitskreises Senioren Verden, 25. Februar 2019, Verden.
  • 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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