Vanessa Didelez is Professor of Statistics and Causal Inference at the University of Bremen, Germany, and at the Department of Biometry and Data Management, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS, where she is also the Deputy Head of Department. She received her PhD in Statistis in Dec 2000 from the University of Dortmund, Germany. Between 2001 and 2016 she was first a lecturer and then a reader in Statistics at University College London and later at the University of Bristol, UK. Her research interests are: causal inference, graphical modelling, event history analysis, and applications in (pharmaco-)epidemiology. She has recently held a grant on ‘Causal Discovery for Cohort Data’ from the German Research Foundation and is currently involved in a number of projects on analysing elecotronic health records to improve patients' and population health.