Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPID)

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Epidemiology and biostatistics are methods. With a methodological perspective, the scope of the research Pole EPID is in line with the NHS definition of "clinical research", involving patient-oriented research, epidemiological- and behavioral research, and evaluation of results and impact of care and health services.

• In patient-oriented research, EPID provides and participates in the design of clinical trials that can be implemented by other teams, data collection, epidemiological- and statistical analysis, and the writing of publication papers. From clinical series, EPID develops new methods to improve the diagnosis of diseases and EPID conducts follow-up studies to assess risk and prognosis of patients.

• In the field of epidemiological- and behavioral research, EPID implements or participates in an original work on the following topics: early detection of cardiovascular risk, control of infectious diseases, malnutrition and micronutrients deficiencies, environmental health, and priority health-related problems in developing countries.

• In the field of results-oriented health care, EPID addresses the following topics: evidence-based medicine, telemedicine, occupational health, maternal- and child health, urban health, and health system assessment.

Research topics of EPID are conducted in industrialized countries or in developing countries, with collaborations as a common denominator in all research projects.

Because of its large involvement in the teaching of research methods for Master degrees and for PhD degrees in health sciences, EPID works in close connection with many diseases-oriented research teams. These collaborations are mentioned with project presentation.

Research projects reported below are divided according to the three pillars of the NIH definition but many of these projects are overlapping two axes of this definition. For example, epidemiological studies are often linked to disease control programs in the health system. We choose to report each project according to its main axis.