Methods seminar

What is it about?

The methods seminar is not only an important part of the curriculum but also very important for interdisciplinary exchange between the students of the different labs. It is the only course all students independent of the lab have to take. This is the place where students meet each other and get to know each other. It is not a classical lecture but very often a group of students is responsible for one session. Therefore students of the different labs have to collaborate and organize a lecture. Contentwise we are looking at very broad topics such as visualization, regression, personalized medicine, reproducibility & ethics, spatial epidemiology, biomedical & research ethics.

How to get the ECTS?

In order to be awarded the ECTEs you have to book the EB methods seminar via the UZH module booking system (OLAT is not a booking system, it is an e-learning system into which the students who booked the module are imported).

We expect that you only book the module if you actively participate in the preparation of a group session and we rely on your responsibility and on peer pressure to prevent abuse of this simple system of awarding credit points. If you are late in booking or if you need to book a spring/fall semester version for the second time, contact the Program Coordinator. Even if you don't book the module you are invited to come to the sessions and/or to actively participate in their preparation: you will learn nothing non-useful for your future career!

Spring 2022 "Personalized Medicine"

Time: Wednesdays, 14.00 – 16.00  Venue: KOL-H-321   Lead: Milo Puhan


Date Topic Lead
March 2 Group Session: Concepts of PM and overview of research areas Puhan
March 16 Group Session: Designing trials for PM and interpreting results Puhan/Held
March 23 Group Session: novel approaches to subgroup analyses Hothorn
April 6 Online Faculty Talk with Niko Beerenwinkel  
April 13 Group Session: Digital biomarkers/Wearables as opportunities for PM von Wyl
May 4 Group Session: Concept of Digital Twins Serra
May 11 Group Session: HTA/regulatory approval of PM technologies Schwenkglenks


Outlook Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Fall 2022 Mixed Methods


Previous Methods Seminars

Year Topic Lead
Fall 21 Causal Interpretations from Randomised Trials: The Devil is in the Detail Torsten Hothorn
Spring 21 Visualization Milo Puhan
Fall 20

Misconceptions and Misspecifications in the interpretation of evidence

Torsten Hothorn
Spring 20 Introduction to Maschine Learning Mark Robinson
Fall 19 Reproducibility Eva Furrer
Spring 19

Biomedical and Research Ethics

Milo Puhan
Fall 18 Spatial Epidemiology Oliver Grübner
Spring 18 Regression Torsten Hothorn
Fall 17 Visualization Milo Puhan
Spring 17 Reproducibility & Ethics Torsten Hothorn
Fall 16 Misconceptions and Missspecifications in the interpretation of evidence Leonard Held
Spring 16 Personalized Medicine Milo Puhan
Fall 15 Visualization Milo Puhan
Spring 15 Reproducibility and Ethics Torsten Hothorn & Milo Puhan
Fall 14 Introduction to Epidemiology Milo Puhan