August 2017  

Personal data

Oliver Kuss (Prof. Dr. sc. hum)

Born on July, 16th, 1969, in Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Married, 1 son




Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum (DDZ)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Diabetes-Forschung an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Institut für Biometrie und Epidemiologie

Auf'm Hennekamp 65

40225 Düsseldorf

Tel.: +49 (0)211 3382-259

Fax: +49 (0)211 3382-677

Email: oliver.kuss#§$ (replace "#§$" with "@")



1975-1979:    Fichtenau Primary School

1979-1988:    Crailsheim High School (Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, Abitur)

1990-1996:    Study of Mathematics and Geography at the University of Heidelberg (Masters Degree, “Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien”, Master thesis: “A time series model for the prediction of ozone concentrations”, Supervisor: Prof. Dahlhaus)

3/2003:           Doctoral degree (Dr. scientiarum humanarum) from the University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty (Thesis: “Global Goodness-of-Fit Tests in Logistic Regression with Sparse Data, Supervisor: Prof. Diepgen, “magna cum laude”) PDF

6/2010:           Habilitation from the Medical Faculty of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with the permission for lecturing (Venia legendi) for medical biometrics, epidemiology, and informatics (Thesis: “Regressionsmodelle für nichtstetige Zielgrößen und korrelierte Beobachtungen") PDF



Professional experience

8/1994  – 3/1997:      Student Scientific Assistant („Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft“) at the Department of Medical Biometry, University of Heidelberg

4/1997  – 12/1999:    Assistant (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the Department of Dermatology, University of Erlangen

1/2000  – 12/2000:    Assistant (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the Department of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg

1/2001  – 09/2013:    Assistant (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the Institute of Medical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Informatics, University of Halle-Wittenberg

10/2013 –                  Professor for Biometrics, Epidemiology, and Health Outcome Research at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and
  Head of the Institute of 
Biometrics and Epidemiology at the German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Institute for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf 

10/2016 – 12/2019:   Acting Director of the Institute of Medical Statistics, Düsseldorf University Hospital and Medical Faculty of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Scientific activity

All Publications (PubMed)

First Authorships (PubMed)

Senior Authorships (PubMed)

Citations (via Google Scholar)


Other publications and preprints

Kuss OVon Geburten und Störchen – Eine Analyse der bundeslandspezifischen deutschen Daten von 1993 bis 2020   Zugehöriger Datensatz 

Kuss O, Hoyer A. A Proportional Risk Model for Time-to-event Analysis in Randomized Controlled Trials. (Submitted to Statistical Methods in Medical Research)

Hoyer A, Kuss O. Meta-analysis of full ROC curves with flexible parametric distributions of diagnostic test values. (Submitted to Research Synthesis Methods)

Hoyer A, Kuss OMeta-analysis of full ROC curves: Additional flexibility by using semiparametric distributions of diagnostic test values. (Submitted to Research Synthesis Methods)

Kuss O, Blettner M, Börgermann J. Propensity Score: an Alternative Method of Analyzing Treatment Effects. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2016; 113(35-36): 597-603; DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2016.0597. German Version

Medenwald D, Kuss O. Mortality on match days of the German national soccer team: a time series analysis from 1995 to 2009  has been picked as the Editor's Choice in the September 2014 issue of J Epidemiol Community Health. Editor Jim Dunn interviewed D. Medenwald for a Podcast.

Kuss O, Landenberger M, Jahn P. Cluster-randomised Trials in Nursing Research: An Overview, an Example and some Recommendations. (unpublished)

Kuss O. On the association of inrun velocity and jumping width in ski jumping. (rejected by the Journal of Biomechanics)

Kuß O, Jahn P, Renz P, Landenberger M. Cluster-randomisierte Studien in der Pflegewissenschaft. Hallesche Beiträge zu den Gesundheits- und Pflegewissenschaften 2009; 8(1):302-310.

Bornkamp B, Fritsch A, Kuss O, Ickstadt K: Penalty Specialists Among Goalkeepers: A Nonparametric Bayesian Analysis of 44 Years of German Bundesliga. (To appear in: Schipp B, Kräer W [eds.]: Statistical Inference, Econometric Analysis and Matrix Algebra, Festschrift in Honour of Götz Trenkler. Physica, Heidelberg, 63-76, 2009)

The paper has received some attention in the media, see for example
ARD Morgenmagazin

Kuss O, Kuehn A: Lunar Cycle and the Number of Births: A Spectral Analysis of 4,071,669 Births from South-Western Germany (accepted, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica)

The paper has received some attention in the media, see for example
FAZ, Mitteldeutsche ZeitungFrankfurter Rundschau, Tagesspiegel, Die Welt, WDR 2, WDR 4, MDR (Sachsen-Anhalt heute), Radio SAW,

Kuss O, Kluttig A, Stoll O: "The fouled player should not take the penalty himself": An empirical investigation of an old German football myth.
The paper has received some attention in the media, see for example
SPIEGEL, SZ, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Bolzen, MDR Info, MDR Sputnik, Neon

Kuss, O: A SAS/IML-Macro for Goodness-of-Fit Testing in Logistic Regression Models with Sparse Data. Proceedings of the 26th Annual SAS Users Group International Conference, CD-Rom Version, 2001, Paper 265-26.

Kuss, O: How to Use SAS for Logistic Regression with Correlated Data. Proceedings of the 27th Annual SAS Users Group International Conference, CD-Rom Version, 2002, Paper 261-27.
Kuss O: Modelling Physicians' Recommendations for Optimal Medical Care by Random Effects Stereotype Regression. In: Verbeke G, Molenberghs G, Aerts M, and Fieuws S [Eds.]: Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling. Leuven: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2003, 245-249.
Kuss O, Koch A: Meta-analysis macros for SAS. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 1996, 22(3), 325-333.



Member of

German Society for Medical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology (GMDS)

International Biometric Society, German Region (IBS-DR)


 Reviewer for

Acta Diabetologica

Advances in Nutrition

Advances in Statistical Analyses

Annals of Applied Statistics

Archives of Public Health

Artificial Intelligence Review

Biometrical Journal



BMC Bioinformatics

BMC Medical Research Methodology

BMC Medicine


BMJ Open

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

BioData Mining

Cancer Epidemiology


Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods

Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation

Computational Statistics and Data Analysis

Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine

Contact Dermatitis

Contemporary Clinical Trials

Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Deutsches Ärzteblatt

Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung e.V. (DZHK)

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

Diabetic Medicine


Diabetologie und Stoffwechsel

Drug Safety

European Journal of Epidemiology

GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie

Heart and Vessels

International Journal of Biometeorology

International Journal of Epidemiology 

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

Journal of Diabetes Research

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

Journal of Sports Sciences

Journal of Statistical Software

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA)

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society)

Methods of Information in Medicine

Molecular Psychiatry

Nature Communications

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO/ZonMw)

Pharmaceutical Statistics

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety


Primary Care Diabetes

Psychological Methods 


Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

Sociological Methods and Research

Statistical Methods in Medical Research

Statistics in Medicine

Systematic Reviews

The American Statistician

Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science



Current scientific and administrative activities

Member of the DFG Review Group "Clinical Trials", 2020-

Member of the Working Group "Heart Transplantion" of the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer), 2020-

Member of the DFG Review Board 205-01 "Epidemiology and Medical Biometry/Statistics", 2019-

Co-chair of the expert group "Statistical Analysis" of the German National Cohort (NAKO Gesundheitsstudie), 2019-

Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Association of North Rhine, 2019 -

Member of the Certificate Commission “Epidemiology” of the scientific societies DGEpi, GMDS, DGSMP and IBS-DR, 2019 - 

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IQWIG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care), 2018-

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Diabetes-Surveillance, RKI Berlin, 2017-

Member of the Board of the Coordination Center for Clinical Trials at Düsseldorf University Hospital, 2017-

Member of the Centre for Health and Society (chs), Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, 2014-

Principal Investigator for the Study Center Düsseldorf of the German National Cohort (NAKO Gesundheitssudie), 2013-

Editorial Board Member for GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie, 2011-



Past scientific and administrative activities

Auditor ("Kassenprüfer") for the GMDS (German Society for Medical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology), 2015-2021

Member of the Research Coordination Board (RCB) of the German Center for Diabetes Research, 2013-2016

Member of the Programme Committee of the 58th Biometrical Conference of the German Region of the International Biometric Society, March, 13 – 15th, 2012, Berlin

Associate Editor for BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2011-2016

Council member ("Beiratsmitglied") of the German Region of the International Biometric Society, 2009-2013.

Head of working group „Statistical Methods in Clinical Research“ of the GMDS, 2007-2013

Member of the Programme Committee of the 55th Biometrical Conference of the German Region of the International Biometric Society, March, 17 – 19th, 2009, Hannover

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the KSFE 2009 (Kooperation der SAS Anwender in Forschung und Entwicklung), March, 5 – 6th, 2005, Halle (Saale)

Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 51th Biometrical Conference of the German Region of the International Biometric Society, March, 21 – 23th, 2005, Halle (Saale)

Local organizer of the workshop „Advanced Methods for Survival Analysis and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and Medicine“ of three working groups of the GMDS and IBS-GR, November, 18 – 19th, 2004, Halle (Saale)




Beste Präsentation Biometrie

Hoyer A, Kuss O: Meta-analysis to compare two diagnostic tests to a common gold standard: A new approach using quadrivariate copulas. 59. GMDS-Jahrestagung, 07.-10. September 2014, Göttingen. 

Best Poster

Kuß O: Mondzyklus und Geburtenzahl: Eine Spektralanalyse von 4.071.669 Geburten in Baden-Württemberg. Statistik2007 – Statistik unter einem Dach. Erste gemeinsame Tagung Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik (DAGStat), 53. Biometrisches Kolloquium, Pfingsttagung der Deutschen Statistischen Gesellschaft, 27.–30. März 2007, Bielefeld.

2. Rank Best Paper Award


Bender R, Hildebrandt M, Kuß O: Die Berechnung adjustierter NNEs in Kohortenstudien. KSFE 2006, 10. Konferenz de SAS Anwender in Forschung und Entwicklung, 23.-24.2.2006, Hamburg.

Reichenbachpreis 2005 der Zahnärztekammer Sachsen-Anhalt


Gernhardt CR, Kuß O, Schaller HG: Klinische Wirksamkeit des strontiumchloridhaltigen Hyposen auf hypersensiblen Dentinoberflächen. 28. Januar 2006, Magdeburg.

Posterpreis der Norddeutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft


Dickel H, Kuss O, John SM, Axt-Hammermeister A, Blome O, Hagemann KH, Gobrecht E, Schwanitz HJ: Kontrollierte Interventionsstudie in Norddeutschland zur Optimierung des Hautarztverfahrens. 76. Tagung der Norddeutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Hildesheim, 5.-7. September 2003.

Heinz Maurer Award for Dermatological Research 2002, donated by Sebapharma, Boppard, Germany (“Heinz Maurer-Preis für Dermatologische Forschung 2002”)


Löffler H, Dickel H, Kuss O, Diepgen TL, Effendy I: Characteristics of self-estimated enhanced skin susceptibility.

Promotion prize „Skin and Environment“ 2001, donated by Grünenthal, Aachen, Germany (Förderpreis „Haut und Umwelt“ 2001 der Fa. Grünenthal, Aachen)


Mahler V, Diepgen TL, Kuss O, Leakakos T, Schuler G, Kraft D, Valenta R: Mutual boosting effects of sensitization with timothy grass pollen and latex glove extract on IgE antibody responses in a mouse model.

Honorable Mention in the „Statistics, Data Analysis and Data Mining“ Session, 26th Annual SASâ Users Group International Conference (SUGI 26), Long Beach, California, USA, 22 – 25th, 2001, 


Kuss O: A SAS/IML-Macro for Goodness-of-Fit Testing in Logistic Regression Models with Sparse Data.



BINOMCI: A SAS macro for confidence interval estimation for binomial proportions

Twelve procedures to do logistic regression in SAS



Geburten und Störche 1993 bis 2020

Data set accompanying "Kuss O. The danger of dichotomizing continuous variables: A visualization. Teaching Statistics. 2013:35(2):78–79."

Last update: 20.06.2022