The UMC Utrecht Julius Center has a specific interest in principles and methods for epidemiological research. The Methodology research program is one of the four research programs within the UMC Utrecht Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, coincides with the Utrecht University Focus Area ‘Epidemiology’, and is embedded in the UMC Utrecht research programs Cardiovascular Health, Cancer, Child Health, Infection and Immunity, Regenerative Medicine and Brain.
The co-ordinator of the research program is prof. K.G.M. Moons, PhD
The Methodology research program has a primary focus on theoretical and methodological aspects of epidemiological research. We improve existing and develop novel innovative methods for design, statistical analysis, bioinformatics, health economics and ethics of research. As such, we are intimately involved in numerous clinical and population-based studies. Introducing methodological innovations will improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of such studies in an era of scarce resources, both in terms of patients and funding. In the long term, our collaborative work will impact decision-making in medical practice, and consequently contributes towards improving patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care.
The research in this program is conducted by dedicated staff from the disciplines: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Technology Assessment, Bioinformatics, Public Health, and Research Ethics.
The research focuses on several methodological themes: