Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Medical University of Graz


Student Paper Award
Best Student Paper Award at the MedInfo 2017
A paper by Zdenko Kasác, scientific student assistant at the IMI, has won the third Student Paper Award at the 16th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo 2017; August 21-25, 2017, Hangzhou, China): "Analysis of historical medical phenomena using large n-gram corpora" (co-author: Stefan Schulz).
Methodic Seminar for Biostatistics
Also during the winter term 2017/18 we offer - as an optional seminar - a methodic seminar for biostatistics. This seminar is scheduled for students who need assistance concerning statistical aspects of their diploma thesis. Within the seminar the students have to present their projects. A registration, including the usual personal data, is necessary. The data for the Methods Seminar are published on this website.
Recent publications of staff members of the institute
  • Baik-Schneditz, N; Pichler, G; Schwaberger, B; Mileder, L; Avian, A; Urlesberger, B: Peripheral Intravenous Access in Preterm Neonates during Postnatal Stabilization: Feasibility and Safety.
    Front Pediatr. 2017; 5: 171.
  • Marotti, M; Ebeleseder, KA; Schwantzer, G; Jauk, S: A retrospective study of isolated fractures of the alveolar process in the permanent dentition.
    Dent Traumatol. 2017; 33(3): 165-174.
  • Poggenburg, S; Reinisch, M; Höfler, R; Stigler, F; Avian, A; Siebenhofer, A: General practitioners in Styria - who is willing to take part in research projects and why? : A survey by the Institute of General Practice and Health Services Research.
    Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2017 [published online ahead of print August 9, 2017].
  • Robier, C; Körber, C; Quehenberger, F; Neubauer, M; Wölfler, A: The frequency of occurrence of fish-shaped red blood cells in different haematologic disorders.
    Clin Chem Lab Med. 2017 [published online ahead of print July 21, 2017].
  • Schwab, C; Mayer, C; Zalaudek, I; Riedl, R; Richtig, M; Wackernagel, W; Hofmann-Wellenhof, R; Richtig, G; Langmann, G; Tarmann, L; Wedrich, A; Richtig, E: Iris Freckles a Potential Biomarker for Chronic Sun Damage.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017; 58(6): BIO174-BIO179.

Archive 2009 -2016

Publication elected for Best Paper Selection
The Editorial Board of the 2016 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics has selected the article entitled: Kreuzthaler M, Schulz S, Berghold A. Secondary use of electronic health records for building cohort studies through top-down information extraction. J Biomed Inform 2015 Feb;53:188-95 for listing in the Yearbook as one of the best articles from the literature in the "Clinical Research Informatics" subfield of medical informatics published in 2015.
Seminar 2016
In November 2016, the IMI, in cooperation with the CeMSIIS, BSSK, and WBS, invited to a seminar. Additionally, a short course on "Adaptive Designs" took place.
Visiting professor at Alpen-Adria-Universität 2016/2017
The Rector of Studies of the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt appointed Prof. Michael G. Schimek as a visiting professor at the Institute for Mathematics and Statistics for the winter term 2016/2017. He will be engaged in teaching Master's students.
Reelection as Chair for 2016/2017
Prof. Andrea Berghold has been re-elected as Chair of the Representative Council of the International Biometric Society for another period of two years.
OSG-Award 2015 for Applied Statistics
This year’s Award for Applied Statistics of the Austrian Statistical Society (OSG) was awarded to Regina Riedl for her graduate thesis "On the use of balancing scores in cohort and matched case-control studies"
Poster Awards at the "Pain Management Day" 2015
Pain Management Day
At this year’s "Pain Management Day" in Graz, September 29th, 2015, two graduates of the of this institute were awarded with poster awards. Fabian Veigl won first place with his poster about the comparison of self-perception and the perception of others concerning postoperative nausea and vomiting in infants. Julian Kammel won third place for his poster regarding postoperative sleep quality in children and adolescents. Second place was awarded to a poster that illustrated results from the QUIPSinfant pain register (Co-author: Alexander Avian).
Best Paper Award
Best Paper Award at the ICBO 2015
A Paper by Pablo López-García and Stefan Schulz has won the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (July 27-30, Lisbon): "Can SNOMED CT be Squeezed Without Losing its Shape?".
ISNPS Meeting 2015
Biosciences, Medicine, and novel Non-Parametric Methods.
Prof. Schimek: Chartered Statistician
In May 2014, the London-based Royal Statistical Society awarded Prof. Michael Schimek with the status of Chartered Statistician for a further 5 years. The qualification was extended after an exhaustive examination of Prof. Schimek's qualifications as university lecturer and professional consultant. The Royal Statistical Society defines the status as: "Chartered Statistician is the Society's highest professional award. It provides formal recognition of an individual's statistical qualifications and professional training and experience." As yet, Prof. Schimek is the first and only Austrian to be awarded the title of CStat from the society, one of the most noted statistical organisations in the world.
TopKLists released
May 2014: The TopKLists software package, which is used for the integration of ranked data, particularly for omics applications, has been released on CRAN – the Comprehensive R Archive Network. The package was developed by Prof. Michael Schimek in collaboration with an international team over the past several years. It is available under the terms of the LGPL-3 licence and runs on all operating systems.
Special Issue JDOCE
5th International Meeting on Methodological Issues in Oral Health Research, Graz, Austria, 2012:
Special Issue of The Journal of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Epidemiology, Vol 1, No 3, 2013 available.
At the 28th ROeS Meeting, Regina Riedl won the Arthur-Linder-Award. This award is offered at the biannual ROeS Meeting for outstanding research in the field of biometrics. It is granted in recognition of excellent applied as well as theoretical research studies. The prize was awarded to Regina Riedl for her research study concerning balancing scores und their application ("Blood transfusions and the subsequent risk of cancers in the United States elderly", Transfusion 2013).
Picture: Gudrun Pregartner, Sereina Herzog, Regina Riedl, Andrea Berghold, Gerold Schwantzer.
July 2013: Two events concerning "Big Data"
SouthCHI 2013 and 3rd Special Session HCI-KDD
Multiple comparisons for non-Gaussian distributed endpoints - using R
Prof. Dr. Ludwig A. Hothorn, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies
At the 4th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies, which took place at Montreal, Canada, Catalina Martínez Costa and Stefan Schulz won the Best Paper Award with the paper "Ontology-based Reinterpretation of the SNOMED CT Context Model". The Award was submitted by the U.S. National Center for Biomedical Ontology.
Intelligent Environments:
A Promising Solution for an Active and Socially Included Life in Old Age
Prof. Carsten Röcker,
Human-Computer Interaction Center, RWTH Aachen
ICBO & FOIS 2012
3rd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2012) and 7th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2012)
5th International Meeting on Methodological Issues in Oral Health Research
Theme: Population based studies and surveys
USAB 2011 - Information Quality in eHealth
7th Conference of the Austrian Computer Society
Workgroup: Human-Computer Interaction
Visiting professor at HumTec
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzinger visited the eHealth-group at HumTec. HumTec is an interdisciplinary project house at RWTH Aachen University.
Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICE-B 2010 Conference
At the IEEE ICE-B 2010 Conference, which took place at the University of Piraeus, Athens (410 contributions, 11 % acceptance rate), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzinger, Head of the Research Unit HCI4MED of the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation of the Medical University of Graz, won the Best Paper Award with the paper "Preferences of Handwriting Recognition on Mobile Information Systems in Medicine - Improving Handwriting Algorithm on the Basis of Real-life Usability Research" (by Andreas Holzinger, Martin Schlögl, Bernhard Peischl and Matjaz Debevc).
A Colorectal Cancer Risk Prediction Tool
Dr. Ruth Pfeiffer, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA
Basic science in modern human factors
Dr. Marino Menozzi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Expanding concerns for HCI - interfacing with everyday life
Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology
Poster Award at GMA-Conference
At the conference of the GMA (Association for Medical Education), which took place in Freiburg from October 8th until October 10th, 2009, one of the three Poster Awards for exceptional research activities was awarded to Johannes Bernhardt. He presented his Poster entitled "Simulation of a mycological KOH-preparation - two e-learning studies and their results".
Multiple Testing Schemes for Feature Selection in Neural Network Models
Prof. Michele La Rocca, PhD,
Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno, Italy
Poster-Award at the 26th ROeS-Seminar
At the 26th ROeS-Seminar (Austrian-Swiss Region of the International Biometric Society), which took place at the Johannes-Kepler-University in Linz from September 14th to September 17th, 2009, Thomas Mendlik presented the Poster entitled "Different Computational Methods for the Analysis of Generalized Linear Models for Binary Longitudinal Data". This excellent contribution was rewarded with a Poster-Award!
OSG-Award for Applied Statistics
On June 24th, 2009, this year’s Award for Applied Statistics of the Austrian Statistical Society (OSG) was awarded to Regina Riedl for her diploma thesis "Linear Mixed Models for Longitudinal Data".
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