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Maria Blettner, Ph.D.
Director

Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics (IMBEI)
Johannes Gutenberg-University
Obere Zahlbacher Straße 69
55101 Mainz

Portrait Blettner

Career history

Prof. Blettner majored in statistics/economics/social sciences at the Universitiy of Dortmund, Germany. After completion of her diploma in Statistics in 1978, she was a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Statistics at the University of Dortmund. After working as statistician/programmer in Essen and the Word Health Organisation (Lyon, France), she moved to the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Program of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA), where she completed her Ph.D. thesis in 1987. After being a lecturer in medical statistics at the University of Liverpool, Prof. Blettner joined the Division of Epidemiology of the Germany Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg as Assistant Professor. From 1999 until 2001 she was full Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Bielefeld. In 2003 Prof. Blettner joined the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz and became Director of the Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics.

Selected References

  1. Langner, J., M. Blettner , M. Gundestrup, H. Storm, R. Aspholm, A. Auvinen, E. Pukkala, G.P. Hammer, H. Zeeb, J. Hrafnkelsson, V. Rafnsson, H. Tulinius, G. De Angelis, A. Verdecchia, T. Haldorsen, U. Tveten, H. Eliasch, N. Hammar, and A. Linnersjö. 2004. Cosmic radiation sand cancer mortality among airline pilots: results from a European cohort study (ESCAPE). Radiat. Environ. Biophys. 42:247-256.
  2. Boffetta, P., A. Soutar, J. Cherrie, F. Granath, A. Andersen, A. Anttila, M. Blettner, V. Gaborieau, S. Klug, S. Langard, D. Luce, F. Merletti, B. Miller, D. Mirabelli, E. Pukkala, H.-O. Adami, and E. Weiderpass. 2004. Mortality among workers employed in the titanium dioxide production industry in Europe. Cancer, Causes and Control 15:697-706.
  3. Berg, G., J. Schüz, F. Samkange-Zeeb, and M. Blettner.2004. The Assessment of Radio Frequency Exposure from Cellular Telephone Daily use in an Epidemiological Study. German Validation Study of the International Case Control Study of Cancers of the Brain – Interphone Study. International Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology 00:1-8.
  4. Samkange-Zeeb, F., G. Berg, and M. Blettner. 2004. Validation of self-reported celular phone use. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology 14:245-248.
  5. Little, M.P., M. Blettner, J.D. Boice, B.A. Bridges, E. Cardis, M.W. Charles, F. de Vathaire, R. Doll, K. Fujimoto, D. Goodhead, B. Grosche, P. Hall, W.F. Heidenreich, P. Jacob, S.H. Moolgavkar, C.R. Muirhead, O. Niwa, H.G. Paretzke, R.B. Richardson, J.M. Samet, Y. Sasaki, R.E. Shore, T. Straume, and R. Wakeford. 2004. Potential funding crisis for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. Lancet 364:557-558.
  6. Little, M.P., M. Blettner, J.D. Boice, B.A. Bridges, E. Cardis, M.W. Charles, F. de Vathaire, R. Doll, K. Fujimoto, D. Goodhead, B. Grosche, P. Hall, W.F. Heidenreich, P. Jacob, S.H. Moolgavkar, C.R. Muirhead, O. Niwa, H.G. Paretzke, R.B. Richardson, J.M. Samet, Y. Sasaki, R.E. Shore, T. Straume, and R. Wakeford. 2004. Potential funding crisis for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. Journal of Radiological Protection 24(3):195-197.
  7. Breckenkamp, J., M. Blettner, and U. Laaser. 2004. Physical activity, cardiovascular morbidity and overall mortality: Results from a 14 years follow-up of the German Health Interview Survey. Journal of   Public Health 12:321-328.
  8. Klug, S., R, Bender, M. Blettner, and S. Lange. 2004. Wichtige epidemiologische Studientypen. Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 129:T7-T10.
  9. Zeeb, H., and M. Blettner. 2004. Flugreisen und Strahlenrisiken – eine aktuelle Übersicht. Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis 6:349-360.
  10. Twardella, D., T. Bruckner, and M. Blettner. 2005. Statistische Methoden für gemeindebezogene Studien – Darstellung und Vergleich von Lösungsmöglichkeiten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung statistischer Verfahren der Meta-Analyse. Gesundheitswesen 67:48-55.
  11. Klug, S.J., S.J. Klug, M. Hetzer, and M. Blettner.2005. Screening for breast and cervical cancer in a large German City: participation, motivation and knowledge of risk factors. European Journal of Public Health 15:70-77.
  12. Victor, A., S. Klug, and M. Blettner. 2005. cDNA-Microarrays – bioinformatische und biometrische Aspekte bei der Bewältigung der Datenflut. Deutsches Ärzteblatt 6:A355-A360.
  13. Kaatsch, P., M. Blettner, C. Spix, and H. Jürgens. 2005. Follow Up of Long-Term Survivors After childhood Cancer in Germany. Klinische Pädiatrie 217:169-175.
  14. Reifenberg, K., H.A. Lehr, D. Baskal, E. Wiese, S.C. Schaefer, S. Black, D. Samols, M. Torzewski, K.J. Lackner, M. Husmann, M. Blettner, and S. Bhakdi. 2005. Role of C-Reactive Protein in Atherogenesis. Can the Apolipoprotein E Knockout Mouse Provide the Answer? Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
  15. Jungjohann, S.M., P.M. Luhrmann, R. Bender, M. Blettner, and M. Neuhauser-Berthold. 2005. Eight-year trends in food, energy and macronutrient intake in a smple of elderly German subjects. British Journal of Nutrition 93:361-378.
  16. Schlehofer, B., I. Hettinger, M. Blettner, S. Preston-Martin, A. Arslan, A. Ahlbom, W.N. Choi, G.G. Giles, G.R. Howe, J. Little, F. Ménégoz, P. Ryan, and J. Wahrendorf. 2005. Occupational Risk Factors for Low Grade and High Grade Glioma. Results from an International Case Control Study of Adult Brain Tumours. International Journal of Cancer 116:165.
  17. Bender, R., T. Augustin, M. Blettner et al. 2005. Generating Survival Times to Simulate Cox Proportional Hazards Models. Statistics in Medicine 24:1713-1723.
  18. Bauer, S., G. Kallischnigg, J. Lindert, H.M. Brenner, and M. Blettner. 2005. Postgraduate qualifications in epidemiology in Germany. Experiences in Berlin, the current situation and future prospects. Bundesgesundheitsblatt 48:346-354.
  19. Berg, G., J. Schuz, F. Samkange-Zeeb, and M. Blettner. 2005. Assessment of radiofrequency exposure from cellular telephone daily use in an epidemiological study: German Validation study of the international case-control study of cancers of the brain-INTERPHONE-Study. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology 15:217-224.
  20. Cardis, E. et al. 2005. Cancer risk following low doses of ionizing radiation – a retrospective cohort study in 15 countries. British Medical Journal (in press).
  21. Langner, I., R. Bender, H. Küchenhoff, and M. Blettner. 2005. Bias of Maximum-Likelihood Estimates in Logistic and Cox Regression Models: A Comparative Simulation Study. Communications in Statistics (submitted).

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