Prof. Dr. Maria Blettner

Collaborative researcher


Until 2018Director of the Institute of Medical Biostatistics , Epidemiology and Informatics at University Medical Centre, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Research associate in national and international cancer research institutes (DKFZ, WHO, NCI)


Diploma in Statistics (TU Dortmund), Habilitation in Biometrics and Epidemiology (Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg)


Committee work: e.g. member of the medical-scientific advisory board of Deutsches Ärzteblatt (until 2018, responsible for the section Biometrics and Epidemiology), member of the scientific advisory board of the German Medical Council, member of the ethics committee of the Rhineland-Palatinate Medical Council, several committees on radiation protection


More than 300 scientific publications, reviewer for journals and research funding institutions (amongst others DFG, DKH, BMBF), scientific focus: statistical methods in epidemiology, cancer and radiation epidemiology


Selected publications

Kaiser JC, Blettner M, Stathopoulos GT: Biologically based models of cancer risk in radiation research. Int J Radiat Biol 2021; 97(1): 2–11.


Gianicolo E, Riccetti N, Blettner M, Karch A: Epidemiological measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117(19): 336–42.


Gianicolo EAL, Eichler M, Muensterer O, Strauch K, Blettner M: Methods for evaluating causality in observational studies. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 116(7): 101–7.


Seibold P, Auvinen A, Averbeck D, et al.: Clinical and epidemiological observations on individual radiation sensitivity and susceptibility. Int J Radiat Biol 2020; 96(3): 324–39.


Wellek S, Donner-Banzhoff N, König J, Mildenberger P, Blettner M: Planning and analysis of trials using a stepped wedge design. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2019; 116(26): 453–8. .


Kuss O, Blettner M, Börgermann J: Propensity score: an alternative method of analyzing treatment effects. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2016; 113(35-36): 597–603.