Dr. Francis Mhimbira

Dr. Francis Mhimbira is an epidemiologist and a TB clinical research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI, www.ihi.or.tz). He is the head of Interventions and Clinical Trials department at IHI. He has worked at Kibong’oto National TB Hospital in Tanzania (2006-2011) where he gained clinical experience on managing TB and TB/HIV co-infected patients. He joined IHI (2012-to date) and has been working in the TB research as a clinical research coordinator and investigator in a number of clinical trials, TB diagnostic studies and epidemiological studies on TB and co-infections in particular HIV and helminth infections. He was the site investigator for HIGH-RIF, NC-002, NC-005 and STAND TB drugs clinical trials. He also works with the Tanzania National TB and Leprosy Programme as a technical advisor to the TB Operational Research and Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Technical Working Groups.

Dr. Francis received his medical degree from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a Masters’ degree in Epidemiology from University of Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Basel, Switzerland.

 

Dr. Elin Svensson

Elin Svensson is a postdoctoral researcher at Radboud university medical center, focusing on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic population modeling of clinical trial data. Elin holds a MSc in chemical engineering, and a PhD in pharmacometrics, both from Uppsala University, Sweden. The topic of her doctoral thesis was modeling of drug-drug interactions and exposure-response relationships for novel anti-tuberculosis drugs, partly within the PreDiCT-TB consortium. Elin also maintains a part-time researcher position at Uppsala University, and a close collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is part of several study protocol teams within the IMPAACT network, and is a member of the WHO Task force on PK/PD of tuberculosis medicines. Elin’s role in PanACEA includes study design and data analysis, primarily addressing questions regarding exposure-response relationships, dose optimization and biomarkers.

Olinde Hermans

Olinde is a research assistant in the PanACEA coordinating team at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is responsible for the PanACEA secretariat and communication. She supports the management team with consortium and trial coordination. Olinde has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Development studies and is currently finishing the master Political Theory, a specialization in Political Science at the Radboud University. Before her activities in PanACEA Olinde gained experience in study related boards and committees, services and administration.