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Osvaldo Loquiha is a professor of Biostatistics at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique.

He obtained his Ph.D. at Hasselt University, Belgium, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marc Aerts and Prof. Dr. Niel Hens. His thesis was on the use of flexible statistical models for applications in reproductive Health. He teaches courses on Linear Models, Multivariate Data Analysis and Biostatistics (I and II) at the Departments of Mathematics and Informatics, and of Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences. 

Currently, he is collaborating with the Ministry of Health of Mozambique on the Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Project aiming at increasing early HIV case detection and treatment retention rate in infants below 2 years and exposed to HIV/AIDS. He has experience in the development and implementation of scientific research projects, and in the application of statistical models for different topics of sexual and reproductive health. His research areas of interest include health surveys, statistical methodologies for public health data, statistical modelling and disease mapping. 

 

Hung Le Xuan received his master degree in Biostatistics at Hasselt University in 2017. He is now lecturer at the Biostatistics department of Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam.

His work focused on how to generate, analyze, and interpret data to guide clinicians and health policy decision-makers. He played a key role in the design, management and analysis for several important projects in Vietnam, i.e., the Vietnam national tuberculosis prevalence survey, an interoperable health information system in Vietnam, and the digitalization of the national immunization information system. He has also developed several software which have been used by a number of clinics and laboratories. His current interest includes topics on big data and machine learning.

 

Dr Geofrey Musinguzi is a postdoc Researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Geofrey also serves as a Research Fellow in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, Makerere University in Uganda.

Geofrey is the Ugandan country lead and International Manager for the SPICES (Scaling up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease Prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa) consortium funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action.  Geofrey holds a Doctor of Medical Science (PhD) from the University of Antwerp (2015), a Master of Medical Science with a major in Public Health (2011) from Lund University, Sweden and a Bachelor of Environmental Health Science from Makerere University, Uganda.

His academic and research interest are implementation science, epidemiology of HIV and cardiovascular disease risk factors in the community, environmental Health and preparedness of health systems. Geofrey teaches on undergraduate and graduate programs at Makerere University School of Public Health. He has supervised 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate dissertations and reports. He is also an Academic Editor and a member of the Public Library of Science (Plos One) editorial Board and a reviewer for several international journals including the journal of clinical hypertension, BMJ Open, and the BMC family. He has published over 20 papers in international journals.

 

Dr Jane Achan Edwin is the coordinator of the malaria group within the Disease Control and Elimination Theme at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM).

She has a wealth of experience having worked in the field of pediatrics and infectious disease research since 1999, with active involvement in malaria and HIV clinical and operational research since 2002. Her professional interests involve evaluation of chemotherapeutic interventions to guide health policy, evaluation of health-related impact of interventions as well operational health systems research. She is also a practicing paediatrician.

Prior to joining MRCG at LSHTM in 2014, Dr. Achan was a Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda (2009-2014) and the President of the Uganda Paediatric Association (2012-2015). She was also an investigator with the Makerere University – University of California San Francisco (MU-UCSF) Research Collaboration, through which she conducted several studies evaluating interactions between HIV and malaria. Dr Achan did her master’s degree in Paediatrics and Child Health at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in 2001 and has an MSc in Clinical trials from the University of London. She was awarded an institutional scholarship from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium for her PhD studies which she completed in 2013.

Dr Achan’s research interests continue to focus on clinical trials and the control and prevention of infectious diseases and she has written several high impact publications about her work.