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Leonhard Held is Full Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Zurich (UZH). He is currently Head of the Biostatistics Department at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, Program Director of the Master Program in Biostatistics and Director of the Center for Reproducible Science at UZH.
Professor Held obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 at the Department of Statistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) under the supervision of Ludwig Fahrmeir. During his Ph.D. studies he spent a year at the Department of Statistics of the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at Imperial College London (2000-2001) and Lancaster University (2001-2002), UK. He then spent four years (2003-2006) at LMU Munich as Associate Professor of Biostatistics. Since September 2006 he is faculty member of the Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich.
Professor Held was Associate Editor for Biostatistics (2001-2007), Applied Statistics (JRSSC) (2002-2005) and Statistical Modelling(2007-2008). He has served as Associate Editor and Editor of Biometrical Journal from 2008 to 2017. He is currently Editor of the Annals of Applied Statistics for Epidemiology and Clinical Science.
His methodological research interests are in spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, longitudinal data analysis and Bayesian inference. Most of his research is motivated by epidemiological and clinical applications. He is particularly well-known for his contributions to Spatial Epidemiology and Bayesian Biostatistics.