Profile: Dr. Joachim Schuz

Issue: Vol.7, No.4 - October 2008

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Dr. Joachim Schuz

Dr. Joachim Schuz, renowned expert in the field of Medical Epidemiology is presently working as the Head of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark. He was born in 1967 in Darmstadt, Germany.

Dr. Joachim Schuz, studied in Medical Informatics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and graduated at the Institute of Biostatistics at the same University in 1993. From 1993 to 1997 he was employed as a research fellow at the Tumour Center Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz, Germany, and registered as a doctoral student at the University of Mainz, where he received his PhD in May 1998. From 1998 to March 2005 he worked at the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics (IMBEI) of the University of Mainz, first as a post-doc researcher, then as private lecturer (from December 2002) and later Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (from September 2003). From December 2001 onwards he was the Head of the Unit of Epidemiology at the IMBEI. He received his venia legendi ('Habilitation', qualification for professorship in Germany) in December 2002 for his research on the topic of epidemiology of childhood leukaemia.

In April 2005 he moved to Copenhagen. His main research fields are epidemiology of childhood cancer, radiation epidemiology (particularly non-ionising radiation), and statistical methods in cancer epidemiology. Joachim Schuz has 68 peer-reviewed publications (53 original articles, 6 reviews, 6 letters, 3 book chapters) and is first author of 38 of them. He attended more than 100 conferences and in the last two years was invited speaker at 13 conferences. From 1996 to 2000, Joachim Schuz was the first representative of the German Networ of Population-Based Cancer Registries, established in 1996, and current professional affiliations include: Board of Directors of the Bio-electromagnetic Society, EMF expert group member of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (European Union), EMF expert group member of the German Commission on Radiation Protection, EMF expert group member of the UK Childhood Cancer Study Investigators, member of the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium and the Childhood Leukemia International Consortium. He was invited as consultant at various meetings of the World Health Organisation and participated in the writing of the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) monography on carcinogenic risks of static and extremely low-frequency electric and magnetic fields.

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