ISPOR Meeting Travel Grant Recipients and Reports
2016 Recipients
ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting, Washington, DC, USA – May 21-25, 2016


Natia KvizhinadzeNatia Kvizhinadze, MD, PharmD, Professor at the Department of Social and Clinical Pharmacy at Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Professor Kvizhinadze is a President of the ISPOR Georgia Chapter. She is a pioneer in Health Outcomes, Pharmacoeconomic Research and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Georgia. Professor Kvizhinadze is a scientist and a researcher; she actively participated in workshops and training courses in US (health economics) and Croatia (HTA Pilot program) as well as has been working in many International Symposiums and Conferences. The development of Pharmacoeconomics is new for Georgia and also for the faculty, so professor Kvizhinadze is working on the curriculum to implement Pharmacoeconomic as a study subject for the students. Attending ISPOR Conferences and Meetings is significantly important for her to share the new information with professionals, gain and use the experience in the study process. It will help her and her students and staff to implement the subject of Pharmacoeconomic so it can be used practically during lectures as well. Professor Kvizhinadze has been always a loyal supporter of ISPOR initiatives; she is an author of 30 International Articles (2 handbooks, 1 methodical recommendation)


Yajaira Bastardo Dr. Yajaira Bastardo is Professor and Chair of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacy Administration at the Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. Yajaira also teaches graduate courses in Pharmacoeconomics in the Sanitary Surveillance of Medicines Program of the National Health Institute “Rafael Rangel” in Caracas, Venezuela and in the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of the Valley of Guatemala. Guatemala City. Dr. Bastardo received her BSc (Pharmacy) degree from Central University of Venezuela and, in 2010; she completed a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Health Care Administration at the University of Florida. Dr. Bastardo had occupied several positions in the School of Pharmacy at the Central University of Venezuela including Administrative Director (2010-11), Chair of the Administrative and Legal Department, Chair of the Patient and Community Information, Coordinator of the Health Care & the Applied Microbiology Undergraduate Programs, Chair of Applied Microbiology, and Chief of Microbiology Culture Media Section. Dr. Bastardo had conducted research and published in health outcomes research. Her primary research interests include quality of life, pharmacoeconomics, health care decision making, and adherence. Dr. Bastardo is a Founder Member of ISPOR Latin America Consortium and Founder President of ISPOR Venezuela Regional Chapter. She has served ISPOR in several capacities: Chair of the Biennial Latin America Conference Short Course Subcommittee (2010-2012); co-chair of the Research Committee 3rd Latin America Conference; Co-chair of the Workshop Committee 2nd Latin America Conference; member of ISPOR Vision 2020 Implementing Task Force Education Working Group. Currently, she is chair of the Latin America Consortium Education Committee (2014-2016) & Editor –in- Chief of News across Latin America, the newsletter of the ISPOR Latin America Consortium.



Nina T. Castillo-Carandang Nina T. Castillo-Carandang, BA, MA, MS is a Health Social Scientist & Assistant Department Chair, of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila. Nina is a President of ISPOR Philippines Chapter. The disciplines of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research are not yet widely known nor fully developed in Philippines. As a professor, scientist, researcher and a consultant for health social sciences Nina is working in improving the appreciation, application and dissemination of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. Nina is bringing together colleagues from public sector, pharmaceutical industry, academia, local and foreign research institutions actively partner with her in all the initiatives of the various activities of the chapter. Presently, Nina T. Castillo- Carandang is a member and a consultant of numerous committees in Philippines.


Fitsum Sebsibe Teni Fitsum Sebsibe Teni, Master of Science Degree in Pharmacoepidemiology & Social Pharmacy Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy (BPharm) Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia. Fitsum Sebsibe Teni is a pharmacist currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is involved in teaching pharmacy students and conducting researches. The areas of focus of his studies include Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics as well as outcomes researches. Studies on medicine use among elderly patients and the outlook and satisfaction of clients on the services of pharmacies are among the areas he investigated in his researches. He is preparing himself to become a researcher who conducts pharmacoeconomics and outcomes researches and advocates their use in health care decision making in Ethiopia. Lecturer of Pharmacoepidemiology and Social Pharmacy School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia • Teaching pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacoepidemiology • Conducting researches on pharmacoecon • Advising pharmacy students on their research projects as well as supervision at practical learning sites (e.g. community pharmacies). Fitsum Sebside Teni is an active member of ISPOR, member of Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association, Ethiopian Public Health Association and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network. He is initiating the creation of ISPOR Ethiopia Chapter mobilizing the researchers and professionals in Pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research in Ethiopia to help to contribute to the development of research in Ethiopia.


Noman ul Haq, PhD Noman ul Haq, PhD, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of Baluchistan, Quetta, Pakistan, active ISPOR member, Academic Value in Health journal assessor/reviewer, Registered Pharmacist with the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Member of Pakistan Pharmacist Association. Dr. Noman ul Haq has recently established new Department of Pharmacy Practices and started independent research supervising students for Post graduate research in Outcome research and Pharmacoeconomics and present their work and activities at the ISPOR meetings. Dr. Noman is now aiming his activities in organizing ISPOR Student Chapter in his university; he is looking for getting experts’ experience at ISPOR meeting and to improve the knowledge of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research of their Department t and impart knowledge to other colleagues and students. He attended numerous workshops and training courses as well as participated with his presentations at many conferences. He is the author of more than 25 publications and of more than 66 abstracts in Value in Health journal.


Dr. Samir Ahid Dr. Samir Ahid, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Deputy Director of El Ayachi hospital, Salé, Morocco, Head of Pharmacy Department; is currently also a coordinator of a young team of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacoepidemiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat and is supervising six PhD students in these areas. Dr. Samir Ahid is a President of the first Moroccan Society of pharmacoeconomics and is working on the methodology of the pharmacoeconomic studies. Attending ISPOR meetings is helping him to make international contacts and organize local scientific events to raise awareness of health professionals about the interest of the economic evaluation of health products. The Moroccan Society of Pharmacoeconomics has already organized three conferences and is preparing another one in October. Dr. Ahid is also a member of Moroccan Society of economics health product, president of Moroccan Society of Pharmacology, Moroccan Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AMSAL). Dr. Ahid is the Co-Editor of several scientific papers published in scientific national and international medical journals. Dr. Ahid published more than 60 indexed articles.of enhancing citizens’ access to safe and quality health care services. Dr. Mogere believes that HTA regulatory agencies shall improve efficiency and effectiveness in the health sector which will meet the desires and demands of the consumers.


Dr. Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba Dr. Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba is a Consultant Pharmacist/Clinical Pharmacologist with a Masters and Doctorate degree in Pharmacology. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine London U.K.
He is a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology Therapeutics and Toxicology, College of Medicine University of Lagos Idi-araba. He is the Pharmacovigilance Coordinator, South West Zone, Nigeria and a Core Technical Member/Consultant to the National Drug Safety Advisory Committee, NAFDAC, Member, and World Health Organization/Federal Ministry of Health (WHO/FMOH) Expert Committee on the development of National Standard Treatment Guideline. Dr. Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba is a Member of Board of Examiners West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Member, and Pharmacovigilance Policy Drafting Committee Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria.
Dr. Ibrahim is an Editor in Chief   West African Journal of Pharmacy; he has published over 50 original scientific papers in the field of public health pharmacy, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoepidemiology, rational drug use, chemotherapy and toxicology in local and international journals.


Ammar Ihsan Awadh Ammar Ihsan Awadh, BPharm, MPharm, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, and International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He graduated with a pharmacy degree in 2005 from Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, Iraq. He received his Masters in Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) in 2009 and his PhD in Pharmacy Practice in 2015 from the University of Science Malaysia (USM). To date, he has published many articles in peer-reviewed reputable journals and has participated in various national and international scientific conferences. He is also an editor and reviewer for several peer review journals. His area of research interest is focused on childhood immunization, in terms of immunization status assessment, parental acceptance, interventions to improve acceptance and compliance, and the cost assessment of immunization related activities


Undram Lkhgavaa, MD, PhD Undram Lkhgavaa, MD, PhD, MPhil, MD, Professor of health Services Research, Department of Health Policy and Management of the School of Public Health at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Lkhgavaa is a scientist and a researcher in public health services, modeling, cost of illness and economic evaluations. The activities of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, Mongolian National University of Health Sciences are very much related to Health Economics. Majority of the faculty are specialists in Health Economics, and most of research has been done and is in estimating cost of illness, cost-effectiveness of some health services, modeling and health inequality. Dr. Undram Lkhgavaa is looking forward to attend the ISPOR meeting, as it would be very beneficial for her to earn some experience, networking and sharing information with other professionals. Her department also collaborates with the School of Pharmacy very closely for estimating cost-effectiveness of some drugs, and attending the meeting will contribute for the our further collaboration. As a physician, she is very much interested in Outcome research. Several of her Master students has been done their research in Diabetes, lung cancer and impact of air pollution on outcomes of pregnancy. Dr. Lkhgavaa twice reviewed abstracts for two ISPOR meetings, and while reviewing them I have found out very interesting research conducted in other countries. This gave her some thoughts and ideas to conduct research in Mongolia. Results of those studies in most cases contribute to decision-making in Mongolia, especially in cost of illness and services. Recently the new health insurance law was adopted and approved. Attending ISPOR meetings will have very big impact on her duties as a researcher in the field of Outcome research and Health Economics.


Silvia Takanohashi Kobayashi, MD Silvia Takanohashi Kobayashi, MD is currently Executive Medical Assistant at Instituto do Câncer do Estado de Sao Paulo, a specialized Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, associated with the University of São Paulo. Graduated in Medicine, concluded her medical residency in ophthalmology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP/EPM). She holds an MBA in Healthcare management by Fundação Getulio Vargas. Dr. Takanohashi possesses large experience in healthcare management and quality programs. Since 2013, she is attending master at Clinical Oncology Post Graduation Program of Radiology and Oncology Department, Medical School, University of São Paulo. Her main field of study is Health Technology Assessment and Program Evaluation.
Dr. Takanohashi is working at ICESP, Cancer Institute of Sao Paulo, a public hospital specialized in oncology care, which is a partnership between the Health State of Department of Sao Paulo (SES) and the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). The pillars of ICESP are: assistance, education and research. The research department has approximately 400 studies registered, including basic research and clinical research. Brazil is facing the increasing incidence of cancer, the need for complex diagnostic and therapeutic resources and the high costs of the treatment. ICESP is a model of public oncology healthcare in Sao Paulo State and in Brazil, and has a strategic position to help the state in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies in oncology. It is very important to understand outcomes research and HTA to support our service decisions. Dr. Takanohashi and her team expect to learn and share experiences that could support policies in oncology treatment, and also improve health with efficiency and effectiveness.

2015 Recipients
ISPOR 18th Annual European Congress, Milan, Italy – 7-11 November 2015


Olga Zaliska, PhDOlga Zaliska, PhD, Dr.Sci (Pharm), Professor, Department of Organization & Economy of Pharmacy, Medicine Technology, and Pharmacoeconomics, Postgraduate Faculty, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Lviv, Ukraine. Professor Zaliska is a President of the ISPOR Ukraine Chapter and the ISPOR CEE Network Education Committee Chair. She is a pioneer in pharmacoeconomics studies in Ukraine, she realizes the imperative need to create new methods of analysis and a phased implementation of scientific research results into the practice health care. She is conducting a lot of trainings and workshops on pharmacoeconomics as well as working on the translation of the ISPOR books to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacoeconomics and HTA. She is working on a new project of HTA studies in Ukrainian health care and is promoting the pharmacoeconomic research of new medicines, medical devices. Professor Zaliska is teaching about HTA methods and implementation in pricing and reimbursement to enhance the quality of life of Ukrainians. Professor Zaliska is a loyal supporter of ISPOR initiatives, International Meetings, European Congresses and Regional Conferences.


Amit Dang Dr. Amit Dang did his M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) in Pharmacology from Goa Medical College. Dr. Dang was the recipient of "Baba Saheb Ambedkar Award" (2010) for being the university topper. "Being the winner of national "Uppsala Award" (2008) from Society of Pharmacovigilance, India (SOPI), recipient of "Indian Leadership Award for Healthcare Excellence" (2013) from "All India Achievers Foundation", "Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year" (2015) from "The Indus Foundation" and currently having over 25 publications to his credit in various national and international journals. He is the convener for INMAS (Indian Medical Dr. Dang is the convener for INMAS (Indian Medical Advisors Summit), which is first of its kind initiative that has been undertaken in India for the cause of Medical Affairs personnel to interact learn, share new ideas, best practices & case studies amongst this evolving community. He is the President of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR India - Mumbai Regional Chapter) and also the Executive Committee member of ISPOR - India Chapter. Being the founder and CEO of research organization MarksMan Healthcare Solutions, he is currently taking active part in the changing paradigm of Health Economics and Outcomes Research in the Indian context.


Nicos Panayides, MD, MSc Dr. Nicos Panayides, MD, MSc, Doctor of Medicine "La Sapienza University of Rome - ITALY. Training in Internal Medicine – Greece, training in General Practice University of Surrey –UK, trainers training - Royal College of General Practitioners U.K. Dr. Panayides is MS in Public Administration, Active Trainer and Group Leader in General Practice training. Introduced and supported the innovative for Cyprus topics of HTA and HEOR. He is a great supports and active participant of medical seminars and conferences in Cyprus, Greece, and internationally. Dr. Panayides is a coordinator of the educational seminars and workshops; attend medical seminars and conferences in Cyprus, Greece, and internationally. Dr. Panayides is a Team member for the development and presentation of Clinical Guidelines in Primary Health care of the Ministry of Health. Dr. Panayides is a President Elect of the ISPOR Cyprus Society of family Doctors; trainer and Team Leader in the training of Family Doctors in Cyprus with Strong contribution for the development of HTA and HEOR in Family Medicine in Cyprus.


Adina Turcu-Stiolica, PhD Adina Turcu-Stiolica, PhD, Lecturer and Clinical Pharmacist, Chairman of Pharmaceutical Marketing Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania. Dr. Adina Turcu-Stiolica teaches Pharmaceutical Marketing, Biostatistics in Research, Pharmacoeconomics. She completed her Bachelor in Pharmacy (2003) and in Computer Science (1998). Her PhD Thesis was "Preclinical-clinical studies on the pharmacological interactions between antidepressants and antihypertensive". Her research skills are post marketing studies and statistical analysis in preclinical and clinical studies (R, SPSS, MODDE software). Dr. Turcu-Stiolica is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research from 2011.


Viacheslav Tolubaiev, MSc, PhD Viacheslav Tolubaiev, MSc, PhD, Department of Management & Economy of Pharmacy, Medicine Technology and Pharmacoeconomics, Postgraduate Faculty, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Lviv, Ukraine; Consultant, AstraZeneca, Kyiv, Ukraine. Dr. Tolubaiev is a President-Elect of the ISPOR Ukraine Chapter, Past President of the ISPOR Ukraine Student Chapter. Dr. Tolubaiev is an active researcher and a member of the CEE Network Research Committee. He is working on developing of country-specific methods for assessment of disease-related costs and assessment of benefits from implementation of different heath-technologies, which are planned to be implemented in Heath Care System of the country. He is an active participant in all ISPOR initiatives, meetings, and congresses.


Dominic M. Mogere, PhD Dominic M. Mogere, PhD, MCHD, ADHCM, Lecturer and Academic Registrar, Great Lakes University of Kisumu. Dr. Mogere is currently the President of ISPOR Kenya Chapter. Upon approval of the chapter, he organized the first workshop in Nairobi and the agenda was how to establish HTA regulatory agency in Kenya. The workshop was facilitated by collaboration between ISPOR Kenya Chapter and Departments of Pharmacy, Global Health and Health Services, University of Washington Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulatory Agency should be a function of the national government with clear implementation mechanisms at the regional/county governments. Like any other regulatory body in Kenya, if HTA agency is established, it will promote citizens' access to safe and quality of medical products such as, medicines, vaccines, medical devices… Health-Care Systems in Africa need to be strengthened and established of functional HTA regulatory agencies as a way of enhancing citizens' access to safe and quality health care services. Dr. Mogere believes that HTA regulatory agencies shall improve efficiency and effectiveness in the health sector which will meet the desires and demands of the consumers.


Hossam Elmansy, PhD Hossam Elmansy, PhD, is lecturer of economics and business administration at the Canadian International College, Egypt. Dr. Elmansy received Master's Degree on business administration from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, 2009. He got his PhD from Institute of Arab Research and Studies, 2011. Dr. Elmansy is co-author of several publications and also contributed to a number of clinical research and surveys. In August 2015 he started to lecture many educational programs and workshops on principles of economic evaluations. Through the university, Dr. Elmansy will be able to successfully incorporate Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research into the economics curricula of the faculty. Dr. Elmansy was able to successfully incorporate health economics into the curriculum of Economics school at Canadian International College and actively create academic courses in various disciplines of health economics. He is an active member of ISPOR Egypt Chapter. Dr. Elmansy is planning together with the President of the Egypt Chapter, Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdawy, to form Student Chapters in Economics schools in Egypt to help contribute to the development of pharmacoeconomics by raising awareness campaigns and educational teleconferences and translating ISPOR Distance Learning Programs into Arabic language to provide a great tool for promoting pharmacoeconomics and ISPOR in the Arabic region.


Serhii Soloviov, PhD Serhii Soloviov, PhD, graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (Kyiv, Ukraine) and received a master's degree in biotechnology in 2008. In 2009, he specialized in Medical Virology at Shupyk National medical academy of postgraduate education (NMAPE), Kyiv. In 2011, he received an additional degree of Master in Economic Cybernetics at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". He completed his PhD-study and received PhD degree in Medical cybernetics and biostatistics in 2012. Then he was invited researcher at The University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia). Dr. Soloviov is a Senior Research Scientist in pharmacoeconomics of prevention and therapy of infectious diseases in NMAPE. His scientific interests are: geoinformational analysis in epidemiology of infectious diseases and optimal distribution of vaccines, antiviral drugs and antibiotics; projecting of diagnostic, clinical and cost-effectiveness of diagnostics; projecting of clinical and cost-effectiveness and safety for antiviral drugs and antibiotics use in patients with influenza, community-acquired pneumonia, HIV and other socially important infectious diseases. Serhii is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), European Respiratory Society (ERS) and International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). Dr. Soloviov joined the ISPOR Ukraine Chapter and is demonstrating his great enthusiasm in all its initiatives, will take an active part in CEE Network Research Committee.


Ali Riza Demirbas, MSPH Ali Riza Demirbas, MSPH, believes that health care and its management is an essential aspect of the solution of today's global health issues. For this reason he decided to undertake this study in the field of health education. Ali Riza graduated from Ankara University with a bachelor's degree in health education, and also a master's degree in health care management. His time at this university meant that he had a lot of contact with experts in this field, who helped develop his interest and capacity for health management. His dissertation focused on burnout syndrome in health professionals, one of the major problems in this self-dedicated area. After his studies he started working for the Ministry of Health, and has been working there for fourteen years. During his time there he dealt with a broad spectrum of health issues such as quality, accreditation, health technology assessment and more. He is looking forward to pursuing his interests in health related matters by focusing mostly on health policy, health economics and health technology assessment. He supports ISPOR initiatives, which he considers to be a cornerstone in developing a broader perspective and reach new heights in his knowledge, which in turn will be very useful for his country.


Marta Simonyan, PharmD, PhD Marta Simonyan, PharmD, PhD, MPH, Dr. Simonyan has been working for Yerevan State Medical University as an assistant and scientific worker at the Department of Pharmaceutical Management. She did her PhD in pharmacy and public health. Currently, she does research in several topics related to pharmacoeconomics and outcomes evaluation. During her working experience she has done several jobs pertaining to teaching to pharmacy students, data collection and analysis, and several organizational works. Dr. Simonyan has also worked for pharmaceutical market access few years ago. She is a member of ISPOR Armenia Chapter since 2012. Being part of ISPOR is very helpful for her in the future. She likes to establish connections with other university specialists who in the future can become scientific consultants or investigators in a joint research. ISPOR has great role in development of pharmacoeconomics and public health internationally and locally. I and our department had several benefits by using the books that ISPOR provided with; we have access to several interesting topics and webinars. I hope to gain more during this upcoming meeting in Europe and after my return I will diligently apply all skills in my daily work. It was a great honor for me to be informed that my article has been chosen for the poster presentation at ISPOR conference.

 
ISPOR 5th Latin America Conference, Santiago, Chile, 6-8 September 2015


Nelson Alvis-Guzman, MD, MPH, PhD
Nelson Alvis-Guzman, MD, MPH, PhD, Medical Surgeon (University of Cartagena, Colombia), Master in Public Health (Universidad del Valle, Colombia), Doctor (PhD) in Economics and Health Management (Polytechnic University of Valencia-UPV, Spain). Professor and Director of Research Group on Health Economics (GIES) - University of Cartagena (Centre of Excellence - ProVac - PAHO/WHO). Director - Centre for Research and Teaching - Napoleon Franco Pareja Children's Hospital, Cartagena Colombia


Claudia Pereira, PhD
Claudia Pereira, PhD, is a health economist, demographer and population health researcher. She joined Fiocruz in 2010 after a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and obtaining her PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA - 2009). She is now Assistant Professor and Researcher and has research interests in: health technology assessment (economic evaluations); assessment of health-related quality of life economic evaluation; HIV/ AIDS; neglected diseases health measurement methods.


Mamta Sachdeva Dhingra, BPharm, M.Pharm, PhD, RPhMamta Sachdeva Dhingra, BPharm, M.Pharm, PhD, RPh, Dr. Mamta Dhingra has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience in her credit. She was throughout meritorious in her academic career. She has qualified two times GATE examination conducted at All India level that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in science and technology. She obtained her doctorate degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and Master's degree from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and technology, Hisar, India. She has good number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has participated in various national and international scientific conferences and attended workshops. She is a life member of several National and International professional bodies related to Health Sciences.


Francisco Edgardo Estevez-Carrizo, M.D., M.Sc.Francisco Edgardo Estevez-Carrizo, M.D., M.Sc., In 1980 Dr. Francisco E. Estevez-Carrizo obtained his M.D. degree at the State University, Uruguay. In 1981 he was granted his M.Sc. degree in Clinical Pharmacology and Regulatory Sciences at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and the Swedish Drug Agency, Uppsala, Sweden. During 1982-86 he attended his residency at the University Hospital in Montevideo, in 1984 he had a board certificate degree as specialist in Clinical Pharmacology and in 2004 in Internal Medicine at the State University Hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1991,  Dr. Estevez-Carrizo was Fulbright Scholar  at the Department of Pharmacology of the Pennstate University, PA, USA. In 1993 he was appointed Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the State University, Montevideo. In 1997 Dr. Estevez-Carrizo was visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota working in Pharmacoeconomy. In 2014 was elected President of the ISPOR Uruguay Chapter and was appointed President-elect of the ISPOR Latin America Consortium HTA Agencies, Policymakers & Payers Committee for the period 2014-2016. He is currently President of the HTA Committee of the National Board of Health of the Armed Forces of Uruguay.    Dr Estevez-Carrizo  authored more than 70 articles, published in peer reviewed journals,  and chapters in books of the specialty. Finally, Dr. Estevez-Carrizo is since 2002 to the present full Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoeconomy at the University of Montevideo, Uruguay.


Graciela Azucena Luraschi, PhDGraciela Azucena Luraschi, PhD, pharmaceutical, university professor, teaches subjects such as pharmacoeconomics and health systems. She is training pharmacists in the field of pharmacoeconomics and health decision-making so that they can be part of teams that design health programs at national, provincial or municipal level. She is a deputy director of Medicines and Health Observatory (OBIME), Maimonides University. This observatory is the only center for research, information, counseling and drug private communication students. OBIME's mission is to research, analyze, communicate and advise on medicines from design through interaction with each citizen and their overall impact on society.


Maria Angelica Pires Ferreira, MD, DScMaria Angelica Pires Ferreira, MD, DSc, Executive Physician of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and member of the Health Technology Assessment Group - Hospital of Clinics of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Specialist consultant (working group) - Therapeutics Guidelines and Clinical Protocols of the National Health Ministry, Member of the Brazilian Network for Health Technology Assessment (REBRATS).


Roberto Eduardo Arroba Tijerino, MD, MBA, MSRoberto Eduardo Arroba Tijerino, MD, MBA, MS, Assistant Physician and Occupational Physician, Social Security of Costa Rica, Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, working in the “health Surveillance Direction”; as well as the national coordinator of immunization, and I has formed the technical secretariat of the National Immunization Committee.His academic profile includes: Universidad Internacional de las Américas; Universidad de Ciencias Médicas, Instituto Centroamericano de      Administración Publica, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional.


Dr. Sameer DhingraDr. Sameer Dhingra is presently serving as lecturer in Pharmacy School, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He has more than 14 years of academics, research and administrative experience to his credit. He obtained his doctorate degree from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar and Master's degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Prior to this position, he has served as Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Swift School of Pharmacy, Rajpura, India. He has also served on Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technologies, Baddi, India in the capacity of Head of Department and Officiating Director of Pharmacy School.  He has a good number of research articles in various prestigious National and International Journals and also filed patents. His areas of interest include medication safety, promoting rational use of medicines, pharmacovigilance, and health outcome studies. He serves as a referee for reputed National and International Journals. He has visited various countries for professional contributions. He is a life member of several National and International professional bodies related to Health Sciences. He is also a regular blood donor since last many years.


Enrique Longaray Chau, MD, MSc, HEEnrique Longaray Chau, MD, MSc, HE Cardiologist, Service Naval Medical Center of Peru and of the Jesus del Norte Clinic. Dr. Longaray is a Past President of the ISPOR Peru Chapter and an active participant of the ISPOR Latin America Consortium Health Service Providers (Clinicians) Committee. He is a health care professional and shares his work and academic activity between his two passions: cardiology and health economics. This ISPOR meeting gives me the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge of pharmacoeconomics and allows me to learn new tools and methodologies to develop economic evaluations. This will allow me to improve my training and so I will be better able to teach and provide this knowledge in my country health workers interested in pharmacoeconomics. The challenge of spreading the pharmacoeconomics is not only to get people interested if not to convince private and government institutions and their members makers should use tools such as pharmacoeconomics and economic evaluations in general in making decisions that perform every day. It is not easy to introduce criteria of health economics in decision-making by government institutions and their decisions often due more to political than technical criteria. This is something that happens not only in my country (Peru) if not in most of Latin America, but gradually achieve more convincing officials that the best decisions are those that are made with solid and based on technical criteria and methodologies are susceptible to be easily scrutinized and revised to ensure its transparency. Another challenge I think is very important is to spread the techniques of pharmacoeconomics and health technology assessment among students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health sciences in general, economics and health management. It would be great that while they are in college take courses on these issues and have these skills and assess their importance since before becoming professional. This would generate a lot of professionals interested and engaged in health economics, increasing research and academic production nationwide. In addition, since I have been invited to Participate in the ISPOR Latin America Consortium Education Committee Face-to-Face Meeting in Santiago, attending will give me a great opportunity to meet other members and share experiences.

ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 16-20, 2015


Gabriela Vilela de Brito ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Grant Report by Gabriela Vilela de Brito

Gabriela Vilela de Brito is a Clinical Pharmacist graduated from the University of Brasilia (2008), specialist in Clinical Pharmacology (2010) and Health Surveillance (2010). She worked as a lecturer in Pharmacy Graduation Course at the University of Brasilia (2009) and currently she works at the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH) as a Technical Advisor in the Department of Science and Technology (DECIT) of the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Strategic Inputs. She has experience in the field of Clinical Pharmacology and in Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
DECIT is a department responsible for fostering research priorities and training managers and technicians of the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS) in developing HTA studies, according to the National Policy on Health Technology, following the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine. And, with that, has a capacity to improve health care services offered to the Brazilian population.
She considers her participation in this important meeting essential to her professional development. She expects that her expertise will contribute with the HTA improvement in MoH institution.


Anup Raj Upreti ISPOR 2015 Meeting Travel Grant Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome research in Mongolia

Gereltuya Dorj, PhD, is a young academician and researcher from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She obtained her first pharmacy degree and Masters degree from Health Sciences University of Mongolia. She has received a PhD degree from Curtin University, Western Australia. Since September of 2014, she has been appointed as a Lecturer of Pharmacy administration at School of Pharmacy and Biomedicine, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (former: Health Sciences University of Mongolia). She has published more than 10 international and national papers. Her research interests are pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacy practice and health economic analysis. She is an active member of professional societies including International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPOR), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology). In future, she is hoping to undertake patient centred outcome studies and evidence based research, in addition contribute to improving the healthcare in Mongolia.


Raja Ajmal Jahangeer Raja Ajmal Jahangeer is Staff Economist at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also a faculty member at Department of Health Economics at PIDE and teaches Health Economics and Pharmaceutical Economics to students of MS Health Economics program. He also worked as poverty & health research fellow at ICDDRB: Centre for Health & Population Research, Dhaka- Bangladesh. His research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and health service utilization, child and maternal health, impact of diseases on households in Pakistan, catastrophic health care spending, health care financing and insurance, and pharmaceutical economics.


Rayan Khalid Mahmoud Rayan Khalid Mahmoud works as a pharmacist at Alribat university hospital Lecturer at the National University-Sudan. She is also a lecturer at the National University-Sudan. She holds a masters degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics awarded in 2014 from Universitat Pompeu Fabra [Barcelona School of Management].


Anup Raj Upreti Hilton Lam is a Ph.D. trained Health Economist with extensive experience modeling the public health systems, and health policy analysis in the Philippines. Dr Lam has worked on various burden of illness studies, and have completed a study on the cost of chemotherapy for breast cancer, small cell carcinoma, nonsmall cell carcinoma, colon cancer, rectal cancer, Hodgkins Lymphoma, and NonHodgkins Lymphoma. I am also a member of the Philippine National Formulary's (PNF) Formulary Executive Council (FEC) which reviews all medicines to be included and excluded from the national formulary. He is currently assisting the National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management (NCPAM) develop the overall design, training manual, and user manual for a national Health Technologies Assessment (HTA) program, and the Director of the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies (IHPDS) of the Philippine National Institutes of Health. He also teaches medical economics at the College of Medicine's Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology course at the University of the Philippines, Manila.


Zewdneh Shewamene Zewdneh Shewamene has graduated with Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Jimma University, Ethiopia in 2008. Later he went to Addis Ababa University and graduated with MSc in Pharmacology in 2012. Currently, he is lecturer of clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacovigilance engaged in training of Medical and Health Science students at University of Gondar. Additionally, he is conducting research related to drug utilization, HIV and AIDS, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Since 2013, he is serving as a research team coordinator in health economics and consultant pharmacist at University of Gondar referral hospital. He is a member of Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association (EPA) and Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA).


Anup Raj Upreti Anup Raj Upreti is clinical Pharmacist from Nepal who believes in the potency of pharmacoeconomics for the betterment of health care. He has worked as a student exchange officer for Nepal Pharmacy Students' Association and was successful in connecting Nepal Pharmacy Students' Association to international pharmaceutical student Federation through student exchange program. Beside this, he also represented Nepalese youth as a member of US Embassy Youth Advisory Council.At present, he is working as a lecturer at Kantipur Dental College & Karnali college of health sciences


Rayan Khalid Mahmoud Wong Zhi Yen, BPharm (Hons), MSc, RPh graduated with a pharmacy degree from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2011. He also holds a masters degree in the field of Pharmaceutical Policy awarded from USM in 2014. He is working as a registered pharmacist with the Malaysia Ministry of Health since 2011.He is currently involved in pharmaceutical procurement and stock management.He is also an active researcher and writer. Up to date, he had published seven articles in peer-reviewed reputable journals including Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (IF: 3.06), Health Policy (IF:1.72), Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, Sage Open Medicine, Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, Pharmacy Practice Journal and Journal of Medical Marketing. He also co-authored a chapter in 'Pharmaceutical Prices in the 21st Century' book published by Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Wong has great enthusiasm in pharmacoepidemiology and health policy and he is current member of ISPOR He actively involves in ISPOR by volunteering himself as an abstract reviewer. To name some of them, he had become the abstract reviewer for the ISPOR 6th Asia-Pacific Conference in Beijing, 17th Annual European Congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the 20th Annual International Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, USA, and the 31th ICPE in Boston, USA. Moreover, he managed to secure prestigious travel grants to attend international conferences including the 30th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management in Taipei, Taiwan, Chinese Medical Board scholarship to attend the 3rd Global Symposium on Health System and Research at Cape Town, South Africa. His current research interests are quality use of generic medicines in developing countries, impact of academic detailing, cost-effective prescribing, and pharmaceutical pricing policy.

 
2014 Recipients
ISPOR 17th Annual European Congress, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 8-12 November 2014


Divyesh Thakker

Divyesh Thakker earned his Master’s degree in Pharmacy Practice from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education, center of excellence for pharmaceutical education in India. He is involved as a Review Author with The Cochrane Collaboration in three of the review groups. He is currently working as an Associate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research department at Capita India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at SAL Institute of Pharmacy, Gujarat, India and was teaching to bachelor of pharmacy students.
He is member of several organizations like International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research, Indian Hospital Pharmacist Association, Gujarat Pharmacy Teachers’ Association. He is also affiliated with Cochrane Research Groups and author in Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrinology Group, Cochrane Renal Group, and Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group.
His research activities include work on adverse drug reactions and systematic reviews. One of his project, “Drug induced Stevens Johnson Syndrome: Case series from Tertiary Care Center in Gujarat” was published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. He is also working on several systematic reviews and meta-analyses like, vitamin B for diabetic kidney disease, dapagliflozin for type 2 diabetes, N-acetyl cysteine for polycystic ovary syndrome, statins for diabetic kidney disease, and metformin and prostate cancer. Such activities may serve as a valuable tool for decision making on several intervention whether or not to use them for the well-being of society.


Eric Nsiah-Boateng

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Use of outcomes research in the Management of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana

Eric Nsiah-Boateng has over 10 years professional experience in implementation and management of social health insurance programs, and over four years experience in health systems research. He holds MSc in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, Netherlands, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Ghana, Ghana. Currently, Eric works as the Planning and Programming Officer at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in Accra, Ghana. He is involved in preparation of strategic plan and coordination of program of work (POW) of the various directorates in the organization.
Besides, Eric reviews scientific research papers for publication in Value in Health, a scientific Journal of ISPOR, and Athens’s Journal of Health (AJH), an e-Journal of Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). He also reviews scientific papers for presentation at international conferences and meetings of ISPOR, Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), and International Health Economics Association (iHEA). He has presented his research findings at various conferences and meetings of the aforementioned health associations.

Evgeniya Rakina

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: The Importance of International Connections

Evgeniya Rakina
I was born in Moscow in 1984. I graduated from the faculty of veterinary medicine Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in 2006. In 2014 I received master degree in Health Care Administration and Economics from National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Since 2013 I work as a researcher in Non-profit Organization “National Centre for Health Technology Assessment”. Also I am a member of Russian Society for Evidence Based Medicine.

 


Dr. Haji M. Shoaib Khan

Dr. Haji M. Shoaib Khan - Biosketch


Prof. Dr. Mahmood Ahmad

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: My ISPOR 17th Annual European Congress

Prof. Dr. Mahmood Ahmad - Biosketch


Margarita Beglaryan

Margarita Beglaryan was born in 1964.

She has diploma with Honors from Yerevan State Medical University /Department of Pharmacy. In 2008 she received her Doctor of Economic Science.  From 2010 to present she is heading the Department of Pharmaceutical Management in Yerevan State Medical University. 
 She has over 50 scientific and educational-methodological articles and reports at local and international scientific symposiums; authorship of certain innovation and rationalization proposals. She was assigned to a number of rewards from YSMU rector for lasting commitment and exceptional work.
From 2012 she is a member of ISPOR.


Mariya Leleka, PhD

Mariya Leleka, PhD (pharmaceutical sciences), Associate Professor, Department of Management and Economy in Pharmacy with Drug Technology, Ternopil State Medical University, Ukraine. Graduated  the Pharmaceutical Faculty of Lviv State Medical Institute (now Lviv National Medical University). At first I worked a few years as practical pharmacist. In 1999-2004 - Graduate Student, Department of Pharmaceutical technology, National Pharmaceutical University, Kharkiv. More than ten years I teach the Pharmacoeconomics and Management of Pharmacy for Ukrainian and foreign students in Ternopil State Medical University. In 2012 I took part in an international project to study the ISPOR :Medical and economic burden of influenza in the elderly population in Central and Eastern European countries. The research results can be used in Ukraine in determining the level of resources, funding priorities and identify ways to reduce costs, such as - Vaccine flu. I have been author and co-author of 15 original and reviewed articles in Ukraine end foreign journals; 20 conference abstracts; 3 patents. 

 


Moustafa Gouda Kamel Helal

Moustafa Gouda Kamel Helal, Central Administration for pharmaceutical affairs, Ministry of Health, Egypt


Rauldo Celliers

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Contribution to Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in South-Africa

Biography: Rauldo Celliers
I have completed my undergraduate degree in 2007 in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Pretoria (South-Africa), followed by an honours degree in Mathematical Statistics in 2008 and currently I am completing a masters degree in Mathematical Statistics. My thesis focuses on runs-type signalling rules in the statistical process control environment.
Previous work experience includes working at AC Nielsen as a Junior Research Statistician and a Scoring Analyst at African Bank. Currently I am employed by Agility Global Health Solutions as a Statistical Analyst. I am a member of Golden Key International and other hobbies include reading, tennis and hiking.

 


Renata Markosyan

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report

I am Renata Markosyan,
I graduated Yerevan State Medical University in 2004.   Since 2008 till now I work in Yerevan State Medical University at the department of endocrinology as an assistant professor and at the same time I practice pediatric endocrinology in Muratsan Medical Center. I am a PhD candidate and will defend my dissertation soon. My interest topic  are growth disorder and disorder of  sex differentation. The research conducted by me focused on different causes of DSD problems in children and adult, risk factors and treatment outcomes. I have a great experience in observing children with different endocrine disorders and more specifically children with DSD problem, as only our clinic has the specialized unit in Armenia for such patients.

 

ISPOR 6th Asia-Pacific Conference, Beijing, China, 6-9 September 2014


Andrew Metry, BSc Pharm

Andrew Metry, BSc Pharm
Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs
Ministry of Health & Population, Egypt
               
Although I've graduated in 2009, and still considered by a lot as a fresh asset, I was able to incorporate myself quickly in various work fields. After a year working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was mandated by the government to work at CAPA (Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs). I've been working since August 2010 in the Hospital Pharmacy Department. And since thendespite facing many constraints, we have succeeded in invading a lot of governmental hospitals by the authority given to us, and implement Clinical Pharmacy and principles of Pharmacoeconomics in them. For more than a year, I've been working in the Pharmacoeconomics Unit since its start, and we've - by our work - brought a wave of reform in how decisions are taken, and the evidence they're based upon. As for ISPOR Regional Chapter in Egypt, I've been an active member since its start, and was integrated in numerous activities; one of them was the translation and review of ISPOR Book of Terms into Arabic.


E. Vigneshwaran

E. Vigneshwaran - Bio Data

Gantugs Yundendorj

Gantugs Yundendorj (MSc, PhD) is a lecturer at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. She previously worked as a consultant and researcher for the project ”Health and Poverty” supported by the Ministry of Finance. Recently she has working as PI for the project “Health care cost in Mongolia”. She specialized in Health economics and published several papers on technical efficiency of hospitals in Mongolia.

 


Huey Yi Chong

Huey Yi Chong is currently a research fellow in School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia. Her primary research interest is health economics, focusing on systematic review, network meta-analysis and application of pharmacoeconomics in healthcare interventions. Prior to this, her professional experience includes as a pharmacist under the Ministry of Health Malaysia and health economics and outcomes research trainee at Bayer Healthcare in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in International Pharmacoeconomics and Health Economics.


Ichinkhorloo Tsatsral

Ichinkhorloo Tsatsral
I graduated from Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria as pharmacist. I am a Ph.D student of National University of Medical Sciences of Mongolia. I work as GMP consultant for the Fourth Health Sector Development Project to strengthen Drug safety in Mongolia. My research area is stability and bioequivalence studies. 


Miss Ratree (Maenthaisong) Sawangjit, PhD

Miss Ratree (Maenthaisong) Sawangjit, PhD - Bio Data


Dr. Srirama

Dr. Srirama – I am working as a medical officer/ research associate in Ashakirana charitable trust hospital since 2010, I graduated BAMS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) Bangalore, India 2008 and M.Sc in counseling and psychotherapy from Kuvempu University Shimoga, India in 2011. Am also the assistant director of (GASYM) Global Association of Scientific Young Minds, Mysore, India an association working towards providing a platform for young researchers and PhD scholars to voice out their concerns in research field. Am Passionate to work with (PLHIV) people living with HIV/ AIDS and work for betterment of their lives. Am also co-investigator for several inter disciplinary research projects (in Psychiatry, Psychosocial, Pharmacological and Community research) carried out at Ashakiarana Hospital. Am also  involved in creating awareness towards HIV in several Public schools and industries. I worked in clinical trails in the department of Psychiatry with JSS Medical College Hospital, Mysore, India. Represented India in serious fun children’s network meeting held at Hungary in 2012.

 


Dr Suresh Bandari

Dr Suresh Bandari, graduated B. Pharm from Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Berhampur University in 1999 and qualified GATE 2000 a national level entrance test with All India 18th rank and completed masters from Andhra University in 2002 with fellowship from University Grants Commission. Bandari started his career as lecturer at St. Peter's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPIPS), Warangal in 2002. In January 2005, moved to Kakatiya University for Doctoral Program and completed Ph.D in 2009 under National Doctoral Fellowship, from All India Council for Technical Education. Bandari joined at SPIPS as associate professor and presently promoted as Professor & Principal of SPIPS. He is very active in research and his research publications are very much cited by various researchers with Google scholar citations of 398, with h-index and i10- index of 8. Dr Bandari published over 35 research articles in peer reviewed journals published by Science Direct, Springer, Wiley, Taylor& Francis etc. He is the recipient of Fast track Young Scientist Scheme project of rupees 14 lakhs for research from SERB, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. His research work using Neusilin as a carrier has been published as scientific technical newsletter of FUJI Chemical Industry, Japan. He had a patent, modified release composition of doxofylline as PCT. In this short tenure of 5 years post Ph.D. He guided 30 M. Pharm students and currently guiding 5 Ph. D. students. He received travel grants from Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC) 2007 of International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to present research papers in PSWC at Amsterdam, and AAPS annual meeting and exposition 2011 at Washington DC, USA. He was a resource person at various national seminars. Dr Bandari is Founder Editor and Advisor of SPIPS Bulletin, Convener and Co ordinator of several Symposia, international training modules. Dr Bandari was awarded with young scientist award from Association of Pharmacy Professionals for research and professional contributions in 2013.

ISPOR 19th Annual International Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada, May 31 - June 4, 2014


Dr Che Suraya Haji Mohd Zin

Dr Che Suraya Haji Mohd Zin
Malaysia

Suraya is currently a lecturer at School of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia. She has worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Division of Social Research for Medicines and Health University of Nottingham United Kingdom after finishing her PhD in Pharmacy at University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. She obtained Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from University Science Malaysia. Suraya has a wide range of research interests including large database study, drug utilization and clinical trials involving opioids and pain management.


Saeed Ahmad, PharmD

Saeed Ahmad, PharmD, is a Pakistani Pharmacist that graduated in Pharmacy (Department of Pharmacy, University of Peshawar, 2010). He is a research scholar of MPhil leading to PhD program (University of Malakand Pakistan 2013). His area of interest is Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy Management. He is actively involved in the projects of primary healthcare, reproductive health care and dengue outbreak emergency response. Currently responsible for the provision of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy services at THQ Hospital Matta Swat KPK Pakistan

 

Dr. Pawel Petryszyn

Dr. Elizabeth A. Owiti holds PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a Lecturer at the School of Economics of the same University where she teaches Health Economics and Public Sector Economics. Her areas of research include Survival analysis, Decision Analysis, Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Health service delivery, HIV and AIDS, Gender Based Violence, Health Sector Financing. She is also a senior technical and policy advisor on HIV and AIDS in Kenya.

Elizabeth has carried out several studies including Cost Effectiveness and Survival Analysis of HIV and AIDS treatment in Kenya, Cost Effectiveness Analysis of orphan and vulnerable Children care models in Kenya and Demand for Health Care in Kenya .

She is a member of The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Network and International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC).

 


r. Gihan Hamdy Elsisi

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Moving to Better Use of Health Care Resources

Dr. Gihan Hamdy Elsisi, an Egyptian citizen, was born on October 5, 1980. Upon graduating from Misr University for Science & Technology (Egypt) in August 2003 with a bachelor of pharmacy, she pursued her postgraduate education at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt culminating to a Masters of Science degree in Clinical pharmacy in November of 2010. Dr. Gihan first professional engagement was in Giza, Egypt in 2004 as Hospital Pharmacist at Imbaba General Hospital. In June of 2010, Dr. Gihan was a Pharmaceutical Inspector at Ministry of Health. She is currently Team Leader of Hospital Pharmacy Administration at Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs (CAPA). The CAPA primarily functions as a drug evaluation, information, and pharmacovigilance center. Through the CAPA and as coordinator of specialized Committee, Dr. Gihan was able to successfully implement and incorporate pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research into the approval process of drugs. She established the importance of performing health technology assessments and economic evaluations on new and costly regimens and interventions. In May 2011, Dr. Gihan organized and lectured at CAPA training and educational programs on Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research to encourage and promote the productive research into this field. Dr. Gihan is the treasurer of the ISPOR Egypt Regional Chapter. She is also actively communicating with many of the leading universities to actively enlist academic courses in various disciplines of pharmacoeconomics and hopefully be part of a dedicated academic program resulting in an advanced degree in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.   


Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, PhD

Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, PhD graduated pharmacist in 2007 from I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, Russia. From 2008 to 2011 she continued her postgraduate study in I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and became a Doctor of Science in pharmacy in 2011 with the thesis “Pharmacoeconomic analysis of trastuzumab in treatment of breast cancer”. From 2012 Thuy Nguyen has worked as lecturer in Department of Pharmaceutical Organization and Economics, Faculty of pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh city University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam. She has been author and co-author of 10 original and reviewed articles in Russian, Vietnamese and foreign journals; 30 Vietnamese and international conference abstracts; 5 research projects in Vietnam with different levels. She has been advisor to 15 theses of pharmacist specialist I and II. Her main areas of interest comprise of pharmacoeconomics and outcome research, drug utilization studies and pharmacy practice management. She is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and Association of Community Pharmacist of Vietnam. She has also contributed to pharmacoeconomic development programs and many workshops to promote rational drug selection and use by using relevant pharmacoeconomic results and improvise pharmacoeconomic education in Vietnam.  


Dr Shyam P Lohani

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: It Was Great, Invaluable And Unforgettable

I’m  Oksana Blavatska, PhD (pharmaceutical sciences), associate professor of Danylo Galytskyj Lviv National Medical University. I've published near 150 articles, 4 monographs, 7 textbooks.
I was born in September 1962, in Lviv Ukraine. In 1979 I graduated with the gold medal from Lviv English specialized secondary school № 4, and in 1984 I finished with the honors diploma the Pharmaceutical Faculty of Lviv State Medical Institute (now Lviv National Medical University).
At first I worked a few years as practical pharmacist and in 1991 I was invited to teach post graduate pharmacists at Lviv National Medical University. At the same time I started to work upon my PhD thesis and it was successfully finished in 1994. All the time I work at our pharmacy organization and economy department of the postgraduate education faculty: at first as assistant, then senior lecturer and since 2000 as associate professor.
Our pharmacy organization and economy department is the basis of the local Ukrainian ISPOR chapter, where methods of pharmacoeconomic analysis are teached for pharmacy specialists within the lifetime postgraduate education, which involved actually all lecturers.

Some of my recent researches related with drug provision of socially significant diseases including non-communicable (cardiovascular, cancer) and the optimization and standardization of diagnostic and treatment costs of these pathologies.
The subjects of my research are the organizational and legal aspects of the pharmaceutical sector of health care in Ukraine, in particular the introduction of health insurance; e-health; pharmacoeconomics, especially  Budget Impact Analysis and Health Technologies Assessment, within which I hope to work with ISPOR in future.

 


Dr Shyam P Lohani

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Initiating pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research in Nepal: Are we ready?

Dr Shyam P Lohani (Biography)

I am a founder Academic Director and Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Research at Nobel College, Pokhara University since 2004 and also, Chairman of Center for Health Research and International Relations of the same institution. I am running Nepal Drug and Poison Information Center ( this center is an international site for medical toxicology training of MD Emergency Medicine fellows from US) since July 1997 as a Clinical Director which provides 24 hours Medicines and Toxicology management services to the health care professionals and the general public. I have been involved as a consultant in the development of curricula of Public Health, Nursing, Medical Microbiology and Medical Biochemistry for Pokhara University. I have received gold medals for being first class first in BPharm (Hons), MPharm and PhD, also Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) chapter leadership awards in 2011. I am involved as a resource person for Nepal Health Research Council for providing training to health professionals on Advanced Research Methodology since 1997.  I have delivered lectures in many national and international conferences. I have been involved as a reviewer for ISPOR congresses, also for many international indexed peer reviewed journals. I have contributed for the development of Nepal’s national essential drug policy and national antibiotics guidelines. I have performed as a national consultant for study on tobacco economics, ACMS on Tuberculosis Control program of BNMT, TB/HIV collaborative program, evaluation of free drug scheme of Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and prepared background paper on HIV Surveillance on general population, HIV Case reporting and TB/HIV co-infection for MoHP. I have published more than 100 research papers and supervised dissertations of more than 50 postgraduate students.

 


Dr. Stephen Apanga

Dr. Stephen Apanga is a self motivated young clinical research fellow and a physician. He holds an MPhil in Applied/Field Epidemiology and Disease Control and a Masters in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics. He has four years of continuous experience in public health research especially in clinical trials (testing of drugs and vaccines against malaria) and field epidemiology and with an increasing interest in health policy/systems. Dr. Stephen Apanga is currently a faculty member at the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies. Since 2005 he has worked as Medical Officer at various hospitals in Ghana and at the Kintampo Health Research Centre. He has been a Clinical Research Fellow and is conversant with health systems research. He has been instrumental in the establishment of an antiretroviral therapy clinic in the middle belt of Ghana. Dr. Stephen Apanga is also very conversant with the Ghanaian private health sector as he is currently the medical director of a private community hospital in the middle belt of Ghana.

 


Surarong Chinwong

ISPOR 2014 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and patient outcomes research: the perfect combination for improving health

I graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand with a BSc. in Pharm in 1990 and received Master degree (Pharmacology) from Mahidol University, Thailand in 1993 and received Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 2004. I have worked as a lecture at Faculty of Pharmacy Chiang Mai University since 1993 where I have been an Assistant Professor since 1999. My current academic responsibility includes teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various topics for example, Pharmacotherapy (cardiovascular diseases, dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, contraception, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy); critical appraisal of clinical trials of drug treatment; dispensing and counseling; pharmaceutical care in community pharmacy and smoking cessation.  I am interested in many research areas including validation of medication assessment tool (MAT) for cardiovascular disease; smoking cessation; health promotion, health service research in community pharmacy and hospital; health outcome research; and quality of life especially in MSM (men who have sex with men). My researches have been presented as oral or poster presentations in many international conferences, e.g., in the 21st  IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Best Investment for Health, Pattaya, Thailand (2013); the Geneva Health Forum 2012, Geneva, Switzerland; the 3rd international Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM), Antalya, Turkey (2011); the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT 2010), Sydney, Australia; the Geneva Health Forum 2010, Geneva, Switzerland; the 7th Spring Conference in Clinical Pharmacy, Edinburgh, UK (2007); the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2006: 66th Congress of FIP, Salvador Bahia, Brazil (2006).  I have been a member of National Essential Medicines List Selection Committee: Cardiovascular disease since 2007. My latest academic rewards including the outstanding academic staff Award from Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University in 2014 and the best thesis advisor award from Chiang Mai University in 2012.

2013 Recipients
ISPOR 16th Annual European Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 2-6 November 2013


Himanshu Patel M.Pharm, RPh

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: ISPOR Meeting Travel Scholarship Award—the Most Unique, Precious, Inspiring and Motivating Experience to Learn Pharmacoeconomics & Outcome Research and its Implementation in Health Care Decision Making

Himanshu Patel M.Pharm, RPh is an academic clinical pharmacist from India. He is a graduate in pharmacy and a post graduate in pharmacy practice and is currently pursuing a PhD from JSS University, India. He teaches Pharmacotherapeutics, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics at the Department of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, JSS University, Mysore, India. He is also involved in providing various clinical pharmacy services such as drug & poison information service, patient counseling, safety reporting and monitoringand patient referral services at JSS Medical College Hospital, Mysore, India. He also provides and monitors clinical services of trainee clinical pharmacists at Bharath Hospital & Institute of Oncology, Ashakirana HIV Clinic, Vikram Cardiology Clinic, Mysore, India.
His areas of interest for clinical pharmacy practice are Oncology, Psychiatry and HIV medicine. His special interest is in developing and maintaining standards of pharmaceutical care services in Indian settings, outcome research, observational studies, comparative effectiveness research and drug utilization research in Oncology. He has coordinated more than 15 clinical trials in different specialties like diabetes, neurology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, infectious diseases and emergency medicine. He is actively involved in training and mentoring Pharm.D students for clerkship and internship and also provides assistance to post graduate students for their academic research. He is one of the resource persons selected by the state pharmacy council for the continuous professional development program to train community pharmacists of the Mysore district. He has also contributed to staff development programs and many workshops sponsored by government authorities, to promote rational drug use and improvise pharmacy practice education in India.   


Fernanda Marques da Costa, MD

ISPOR 2013 ISPOR International Meeting Travel Scholarship Award: Improving Brazilian Health Care Decisions

Fernanda Marques da Costa, MD, is a Brazilian physician that graduated in medicine (Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, 2010), specialized in Preventive Medicine (Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo - HCFMUSP, 2012) and postgraduated in Hospital and Health Services Management (Business Administration School of São Paulo from Fundação Getulio Vargas - FGV/EAESP, 2012). She currently is a Hospital Manager at ICESP (Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo) from HCFMUSP, a Research Assistant at Clinical Epidemiology Unit of InCor (Heart Institute) from HCFMUSP and a Senior Consultant responsible for Systematic Review for Health Technology Assessment at Cognos Health Consulting.

Dr. Pawel Petryszyn

ISPOR 2013 ISPOR International Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report

Dr. Pawel Petryszyn studied at Wroclaw University of Medicine in the years 1997-2003 and graduated in 2003. Since 2010 he has been an Internal Medicine Specialist. Since 2011 he has been specializing in gastroenterolgy at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of Wroclaw University of Medicine. In 2010 he became a Doctor of Medical Science with the thesis ‘Evaluation of anorectal function in patients with inflammatory bowel disease’. The same year he became a Master of Science in Economics, as well, after having accomplished Intercollegiate Polish-French Master Studies in Management of Healthcare and Social Institutions at Wroclaw University of Economics and University Paris 13. Since October 2012 he has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of Wroclaw University of Medicine. He has been author and co-author of 11 original and reviewed articles in polish and foreign journals and 40 polish and international conference abstracts. His main areas of interest comprise of pharmacoeconomics in general, inflammatory bowel diseases and gastrointestinal functional diseases. He is a member of Polish Society of Gastroenterology, ISPOR Poland Regional Chapter. He has been awarded twice a scholarship from French National Society of Gastroenterology which allowed him to stay at Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou in Paris and at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Nantes. He has had broad international experience, having worked as a gastroenterology specialist registrar and consultant in UK and studying as a clinical fellow in Ireland, Italy, Hungary and Ukraine. He has been dedicated to the Students' Scientific Association of Pharmacoeconomics founded at Wroclaw University of Medicine in 2012. He has been advisor to 14 master’s theses. He speaks Polish, English, French and Italian.


Sreedharan Nair, M.Pharm, PhD

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Promoting Quality Research through Training for Developing Countries

Sreedharan Nair, M.Pharm, PhD studied at Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He is currently working at Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is involved in teaching and research.  He teaches Clinical Pharmacy, Hospital and Community Pharmacy for UG and PG students. He has previously worked on “Study and evaluation of the utilization patterns of antihypertensive drugs used in essential hypertension at Udupi and Dakshinna Kannada Districts”. He has received travel grants from ISPOR, FIP, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, and Karnataka State Pharmacy Council (KSPC), India for presenting his research in various international conferences. He has attended four weeks of the FIP-Pharmabridge educational training program at USC School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, California, USA and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, MI, USA respectively to enhance exposure in advanced clinical pharmacy practice and education. His research interests include Drug utilization studies, Pharmacoeconomics and outcome research and Pharmacy practice management. He is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Kautilya’s Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (KSPOR), Association of Community Pharmacist of India (ACPI) and Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA).

 


Himanshu Patel M.Pharm, RPh

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Promoting Quality Research in Developing Countries Through Training

Vijayanarayana Kunhikatta, M.Pharm studied at Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, India. He is currently working at Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and involved in teaching and research.  He teaches Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics and Biostatistics & Research Methodology for UG and PG students. He has previously worked on “Hospital acquired pneumonia: A multivariate analysis of risk and outcome” at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. He has received travel grants from AAPS, FIP, Department of Science & Technology (DST), India and CSIR, India for presenting his research works in various international conferences. He has attended four weeks of the FIP-Pharmabridge program in USC School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, California, USA, to learn integrated, interdisciplinary teaching approaches on central nervous system therapeutics. His research interests include Drug utilization studies, Pharmacoeconomics and outcome research and Systematic reviews & meta-analysis. He is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT), American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

 

ISPOR 4th Latin America Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 12-14 September 2013


Rodrigo A. Salinas, MD

Rodrigo A. Salinas, MD is a physician and neurologist.  He completed a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in Health Economics at the University of York.  He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Universidad de Chile and a consultant at the Ministry of Health of Chile.  He is a former Head of the Chilean Medical Regulatory Agency and member of the Ethics Department of the Chilean Medical College.


Román Navarro, LLM

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Health Care Technology Assessment (HTA) in Judicial Decisions

Román Navarro, LLM has a law degree from the University of Costa Rica and has studied doctorate in law from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. He has served as an advisor to ministers and chief executives of autonomous institutions in the Legislative Assembly. He has consulted for various public and private, national and international institutions. He is also a member of the Commission of Health for the Law Bar Association. He is a University Professor and has published numerous research journals and anthologies, and is also the author of the book "Right to Health" (2010). Mr. Navarro is Counsel of the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica.


Dr. Alfonso J. Gutierrez Aguado

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Challenges for Health Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Changing Patterns of Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Prioritizing and Right to Health

Dr. Alfonso J. Gutierrez Aguado is a Physician, Master of Public Health (c), and a Health Management Specialist. Dr. Gutierrez Aguado currently works for the Ministry of Economics and Finance in Lima, Peru as a Budget Analyst for the programs of the Health Sector Budget focused on the management of results.
Dr. Gutierrez Aguado is currently a Professor of Pharmacology and of the course health decision making at theNational University of San Marcos (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos – UNMSM). His research interests include health technology economic evaluations and impact assessment of budgetary programs in health.


Edward Mezones-Holguin, MD, MSC is a Physician (MD) with an academic, scientific and humanistic education. His scientific work is published in international journals indexed in Medline, Scopus, and the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). He has a Master of Science (MSC) in clinical epidemiology and a diplomat in innovation in health sciences university teaching. He completed his postgraduate courses in evidence-based medicine, statistical models for epidemiological research, advanced tools for epidemiological analysis, advanced topics in epidemiology, social epidemiology, random sampling, multilevel analysis, and meta-regression. Dr. Mezones-Holguin  has been awarded with scholarships from World Bank, International Epidemiological Association (IEA), European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE) and the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences (NIHES). He currently is a researcher in Analysis and GeEdward Mezones-Holguin, MD, MSCneration of Evidence in Public Health Unit Research (UNAGESP) in the Peruvian National Institute of Health. He is a Professor at the School of Medicine in Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and a Professor at the Postgraduate School in Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. He also works in the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNET) and the Collaborative Group for Climacteric Research in Latin America (REDLINC). He also is a member of the Scientific Committee in the Peruvian College of Physicians.


Lucivaldo de Carvalho Alves ECONOMIST, MBA

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Travel Report of the ISPOR 4th Latin America Conference

Lucivaldo de Carvalho Alves ECONOMIST, MBA, currently works for the Secretary of Health of the State of Bahia (SESAB) the Superintendent of Pharmaceutical Science, and Technology in Health (SAFTEC), as technical adviser to the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation in Health (DITEC). He completed his Bachelor of Economics degree at the Catholic Faculty of Economics of the State of Bahia (FACCEBA) in 2009 and MBA in Economics and Technology Assessment in Health Foundation Institute of Economic Research (FIFE) in 2013. He is currently a member of the Working Group on Health Technology Assessment in Health Care of the Brazilian Network for Health Technology Assessment (REBRATS) and member of ISPOR.

ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, May 18-22, 2013


Manal El-Hamamsy, PhD

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Improving Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research in Egypt

Manal El-Hamamsy, PhD, graduated from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 2002. Currently she is the head of Clinical Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, at the October University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA), in 6th October City, Egypt and is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, at the Ain Shams University and Faculty of Pharmacy, October University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA), in Cairo, Egypt, where she is involved in the construction and scheduling of course content, lecturing, and student evaluations for under and post graduate students in the following courses: Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy Practice, First Aid, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacy Administration.

She has been awarded with numerous honors and has participated in 98 national and international conferences where she has published 29 full scientific researches in national and international scientific journals and more than 25 posters in national and international events. She also participates in the annual activity of continuous medical education of Tanta Medical Science Society, Egypt, and is a member of the following societies: European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP); Tanta Medical Science Society, Egypt where she is a Council Board Member and Clinical Pharmacy Promoter; The Arab Society of Chemotherapy, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and ISPOR. Her activities within ISPOR include being a member of the Egypt Chapter, a reviewer on the ISPOR Research International Abstract Review Committee, and a member of the ISPOR Health Information Technology & Clinical Decision Support System Working Group, ISPOR Health Status Survey Working Group, the ISPOR Medication Adherence of Specific Diseases Working Group, and the ISPOR Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices & Diagnostics Working group.


Christine de Nazaré Koury

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Patient-Centered Outcomes: Focusing on the Patient

Christine de Nazaré Koury is a technical consultant in Economics for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). She earned her Master´s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment from the Institute of Economic Research in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been working at the Brazilian Ministry of Health in the Department of Science and Technology (DECIT) since 2010. One of her main contributions at DECIT was the development of a book of selected studies in Health Technology Assessment (HTA), supported by DECIT¹. Presently, she is working on a team to coordinate two methodological guidelines for HTA: Systematic Reviews² and Budget Impact Analyses³.
 
1- Evaluation of Health Technology: a selection of studies supported by Decit. Available in English at: http://bvsms.saude.gov.br/bvs/publicacoes/health_technology_assessment.pdf

2- Methodological Guidelines: Budget Impact Analyses for the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS). Available only in Portuguese at: http://200.214.130.94/rebrats/publicacoes/Livro%20Manual%20de%20Analise%20de%20Impacto%20Orcamentario.pdf

3- Methodological Guidelines: Development of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses of Randomized Controlled Trials. Available only in Portuguese at: http://200.214.130.94/rebrats/publicacoes/Livro%20Manual%20revisoes%20sistematicas.pdf


Dr. Ehijie F.O. Enato

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Health Policy, Services, and Research in Developing Countries - Time to Act!

Dr. Ehijie F.O. Enato is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, at the University of Benin, Nigeria. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy (Sept 2006 to Oct 2012), in the same institution. He is a Clinical Pharmacist and a Public Health Advocate, with areas of professional and research interests in malaria, maternal and child health, medicine management, outcomes study, and global health. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, and Master’s and PhD degrees in Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice; his professional responsibilities include teaching, research, administration, and community service.

Dr. Enato is a recipient of several academic training opportunities in many institutions/organizations in North America and Europe, including NIH-NICHD & CIHR-IHDCYH, USA/Canada; World Health Organization, Switzerland;  Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, USA; Hospital for Sick Children, Canada; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, etc. In addition, he is well experienced in clinical, laboratory, and field studies, and has undertaken several projects supported by several (inter)national organizations. Furthermore, Dr. Enato was a participant at the Initial Consultative Meeting of the Public and Political Support Working Group of the Decades of Vaccine Collaboration - an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/World Health Organization/The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (USA)/UNICEF.  

Dr. Enato is member of several international scientific, professional, and health advocacy organizations. He is President of the Center for Health Research & Disease Prevention (CHRADiP), a not-for-profit organization with the mission of creating “institutional capacity building and human resource development and training for health workers, and facilitating community system strengthening and implementation of interventions (delivery and services) on prevention & control of diseases.” Dr. Enato is a versatile researcher/mentor, and has taught and mentored several undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. In addition, he is a peer reviewer for several (inter)national journals on public health, medicine, and pharmacy.


Shumaila Furnaz

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Enhancing Training, Skills and Communication for Those Coming From Underdeveloped Countries

Shumaila Furnaz has worked in Pakistan’s renowned tertiary care hospital, The Aga Khan University and Hospital Karachi for the last 8 years as a research associate. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Karachi University. After her Master’s, she completed different certificate courses in biostatistics and data management, and in clinical trials and GCP training from Aga Khan University. Currently she works with the Cardiac Surgery Department where she manages adult and pediatric databases.


Mahmood Ahmad, RPh, PhD

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: My ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting Experience

Mahmood Ahmad, RPh, PhD is currently a Professor in Pharmacy (January 2005 to date), Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine, and Director, Board of Advance Studies & Research (BASAR) of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Professor Ahmad has earned distinction and won scholarships throughout his academic career. A number of prestigious awards and honors are on his credit, including: “Best University Teacher Award" for 2009 by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (Awarded in December 1st 2010), Certificate of Appreciation and Cash Award by the Vice Chancellor, for exceptional performance and results by the recipient in challenging and difficult circumstances at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (Awarded in March 2010), Research Productivity Award by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (Awarded in 2010 & 2012).

Up to now, seven PhD and forty-five MPhil degrees have been awarded to the candidates under the supervision of Professor Ahmad, and about eight PhD and five MPhil research scholars are currently doing research. He is author of more than 135 research and review articles published in peer-reviewed national and international journals of good repute. Professor Ahmad has presented his research as podium as well as poster presentation in more than 40 national and international conferences in Pakistan and overseas. As the administrative experience is concerned, Professor Ahmad was member of Board of Studies of various national universities, Punjab Pharmacy Council, Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Committee of Experts on Drug Research, Drugs Appellate Board (Ministry of Health Govt. of Pakistan). He remains Chairman, Department of Pharmacy and Principal, University College of Conventional Medicine of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.

Professor Ahmad is currently working as Editor-in-Chief of the scientific peer-reviewed journal of good repute entitled: “Journal of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine.” In addition, he provides his professional expertise and serves as a reviewer of various national and international journals of high impact. He joined ISPOR as a member in 2012.


Agnes Nyabigambo, BScN, MScHSR

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Determinants of Utilization of a No-Cost HIV Transition Clinic: A Cross Sectional Study of Young Adults Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

Agnes Nyabigambo, BScN, MScHSR, is a health researcher, trained at Makerere University College of Health Sciences.  She is currently a Lost to Follow Up Coordinator at the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.  She has previously worked on data quality assurance and quality control studies, EARNEST and ARKS, at the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University. She has also participated in immunization activities at the World Health Organization (WHO) as a team member of National Stop Transmission of Polio (NSTOP), Independent monitor of measles and polio Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs), a National Trainer for Reaching Every District (RED), and Data Quality Self-assessment (DQS). 

Agnes has special interest in infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and immunizable diseases that are major challenges to global health. She has over 6 years’ accumulated experience in adult HIV/AIDs care, and immunization and implementation research. Agnes’ work has been driven by a goal to have evidence-based practice to prevent immunizable diseases and to also have better patient outcomes in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, she has been awarded a Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRiVE) master’s fellowship to conduct a utilization study of HIV care services among young adults living with HIV. Additionally, she has been involved in several implementation studies / projects to design and implement models to scale up access and utilization of HIV/AIDS services. In a period of 8 months, she has authored 3 peer-reviewed publications and still has research papers in active preparation for publication.

Her research interests include patient-related outcomes, health services, cost-effectiveness analysis, large database analysis, and health policy (especially in HIV/AIDS care and immunization services). She is a member of: the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), and the Uganda Society for Health Scientist - Makerere University. She has a vision to improve health service delivery and finalizing in Uganda through research that will influence evidence-based practice, policies, and the governance of health care.


Ivan Ricardo Zimmermann, BPharm, MBA

ISPOR 2013 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics Applications for the Brazilian Public Health System (SUS)

Ivan Ricardo Zimmermann, BPharm, MBA, works for the Brazilian Ministry of Health in the Medicines department. Formerly, he served as a consultant in medicines use at the Telehealth Center of Santa Catarina and at the Poisoning Information Center of Santa Catarina (CIT/SC). He concluded his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy - Biochemistry at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in 2009, and his MBA in Economics and Health Technology Assessment in 2013. Currently, he is a researcher at the Center for Evidence-Based Health and Scientific Communication at the University of Brasilia (UNB), working mainly with the following themes: evidence-based health, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, health economics, toxicology, pharmacology, information and rational use of drugs. So far, these works have resulted in the co-authorship of four systematic reviews, two of which are already published in international journals in health sciences.

2012 Recipients
ISPOR 15th Annual European Congress, Berlin, Germany, 3-7 November 2012


Muhammad Akhtar, BPharm, MPhil

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research: The Vision, Mission and Scope of ISPOR In Developing Countries

Muhammad Akhtar, BPharm, MPhil, has been a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan since 2006, and a registered pharmacist in Pakistan since 2004. In 2006, he completed his MPhil degree from the Department of Pharmacy, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, with specialization in Clinical Pharmacokinetics.  In addition, he is also a PhD scholar in the Department of Pharmacy, at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, and under the International Research Support Initiative Program of HEC, Pakistan, he recently obtained six months of research experience related to his PhD research at Queen’s University of Belfast, UK.  He has six years of experience teaching the subject of Dispensing Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy to the students of PharmD, and is also the co-coordinator managing Community Pharmacy clerkship for students of PharmD to local Community Pharmacies.  Recently, in June 9-10, 2012, he organized, as co-principal organizer, a two-day training workshop on “Improving Clinical Pharmacy Practices in Pakistan,” in which practicing pharmacists (Hospital and Community Pharmacy) from all over the country participated.  To the present, he has organized/participated in more than 15 National and International Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars, and has had 13 publications featured in international and national journals of good repute.  He has been an active member of ISPOR since 2011, his ambition being to contribute towards establishing an ISPOR Pakistan Regional Chapter. He believes, as ISPOR is working for the benefit of public, the people of Pakistan shall definitely benefit if a chapter is established regionally.


Victor L. Mendoza, M.D.

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Expanding Knowledge and Initiating Health Economics Practices and Health Outcome Research in a Developing Country

Victor L. Mendoza, M.D., is a medical doctor who pursued Internal Medicine and Adult Cardiology as his specialties.  He has been a member of the faculty of the College of Medicine of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in the Philippines since 1988 and has a clinical practice in the De La Salle University Medical Center.  Aware of the economic situation of many of his patients, he became interested in health economics, a field that is just being developed in his country.  He was able to pursue an online Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics from the Aberdeen University and since then, has collaborated with other health economists in his region to conduct health economics-related research.  Together with his colleagues, he is keen on using health economic evaluation studies to influence policy regarding the provision of health care in his resource-limited home country.


Shkumbin A. Thaqi

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: A Kosovo Point-of-View of the Berlin Congress

Shkumbin A. Thaqi, was born in Prizren, Kosovo on August 25th, 1969, and is now residing in Gjakova. He comes from an intellectual family, his father a former Professor of Cardiology at University of Prishtina 1971- 75 School of Medicine, his mother a teacher, and his brother and sister both biologists. After completing Primary and Secondary School, Dr Thaqi enrolled at the University Clinical Center Prishtina from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine in the School of Medicine in 2000. As a MD student, he became the Manager of Pharmaceutical Products in his father’s private outpatient clinic of cardiology, CardiamdMD, in Gjakova City, which had previously been completely destroyed during the War in Kosovo in 1999. He worked as a General Practitioner at Peja Regional Hospital from October 13th, 2000 to June 15th, 2011, and in that time, he passed the Professional Exam in front of the Committee chaired by Professor Hannu Vuori in June 2001. As a MD / General Practitioner, he became employed at the Main Family Health Center Gjakova from September 2001 until he was assigned advanced training in Internal Medicine by the Ministry of Health of Kosovo from 2006 to 2012. He is a member of the Kosovo Pharmaceutical Society, American Society of Hematology since 2011, and is an ISPOR Regular Member.


Haragobinda Baidya, MA, BED

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Sharing Experiences Through The ISPOR Congress And Interacting With Global Intellectuals: Provision Of Guidance On The Appropriate Use Of Medical Technology In Diversified Ways And From The Bangladesh Perspective

Haragobinda Baidya, MA, BED, presently serves as Executive Director of the human development organization called, “Minority Self Empowerment Foundation” (MSEF) in Bangladesh. This organization helps those in village communities that are the poorest and most socially powerless, widows, children, orphans, etc. They are working on programs such as: agriculture, tree plantation, climate change, children’s schools, gender equity, human rights, mother and child health, mushroom cultivation community development training, renewable energy, water sanitation, and others. Haragobinda also has previous experience as a coordinator in the “Surjamukhi Sangatha” NGO in Bandladesh, where he worked from 1986 to 2000 in community development, helping the rural ultra poor, and distressed and marginal women in the social sector. He has attended numerous international conferences, seminars, and workshops to gain further insight on programs of social/community development interest.


Syed Umer Jan, PhD

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: The ISPOR 15th Annual European Congress Travel Scholarship Award Experience

Syed Umer Jan, PhD, has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, at the University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan for the last 13 years and teaches various subjects, such as Hospital Pharmacy, Microbiology and Community/Clinical Pharmacy. He completed his BPharm in 1990 from the University of Balochistan, his MPhil (Pharmaceutics) in 1993 from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, and his PhD (Pharmaceutics) in 2012 from the University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan. As an academician, he has worked as a faculty member in Pharmacy Practice. He has contributed to various national and international publications and presented in the field of pharmaceutical and health related research to his credit. He is a resource person for several quality improvement programs for academics (pharmacy curriculum), and examiner of practicing pharmacy professionals at various institutions and universities. He is also a member and ex-president of the General Secretary of Pakistan Pharmacists Association of Balochistan, Pakistan, and member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), among other national and international organizations. He is planning to make use of his academic access to a huge number of undergraduate and postgraduate students of health related issues, especially concerning pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.


Archibald Okotah, BPharm, MPH

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Ensuring Quality Health care Delivery in Ghana Through Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Archibald Okotah, BPharm, MPH, holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) from K.N.U.S.T., Ghana and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He is currently a public health pharmacist in Ho Municipal Hospital, Ghana Health Service, with additional responsibility as a technical person involved in drug selection and procurement at the Ho Municipal Health Directorate. Archibald has a keen interest in Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. As a young researcher, he has conducted a number of research studies in the areas of rational use of medicines, antibiotic use, adolescent reproductive health, cost of diabetic care, etc. Archibald Okotah has also contributed significantly to adverse drug reaction reporting as well as antiretroviral care among people living with HIV/AIDs in Ho Municipality. He has the distinction of having presented papers at both local and international conferences.


Uday Venkat Mateti, BPharm, PharmD, RPh

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research - Blooming in India

Uday Venkat Mateti, BPharm, PharmD, RPh, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the esteemed St. Peter's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kakatiya University,Warangal, India. He has been the Founder Vice-President of Association of Practicing Pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacologists of India. He obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Manipal University in India, and has since guided PharmD and MPharm research programs, as well as had over 20 publications in international and national journals. Dr. Mateti works to promote qualitative research in the field of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research and drug safety. As a committed teacher and an active member of the community pharmacists association, he promotes health care evaluation and works for patient safety in the clinical, hospital and community pharmacy. Dr. Mateti’s specialized areas are: economic evaluation, pharmacoeconomic modeling, patient-reported outcomes, drug safety and clinical study research methods.


Marina Gonçalves de Freitas

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Improving Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research in Brazil

Marina Gonçalves de Freitas is a pharmacist that graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in July 2010, with a degree in Pharmacy. She works in the General Coordination of Health Technology Assessment (CGATS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DECIT) in the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Strategic Inputs (SCTIE), Ministry of Health of Brazil (MS) - CGATS/DECIT/SCTIE/MS. DECIT is a department responsible for fostering research priorities and training managers and technicians of the National Health System (SUS) to develop HTA studies, according to the National Policy on Health Technology and following the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine. CGATS is responsible also for coordinating REBRATS (Brazilian Network for Health Technologies Assessment), a network that serves as a tool to facilitate the development and dissemination of HTA studies to the Brazilian Public Health System, thereby contributing to continuing education in the area. These studies will be used to aid in the decision to incorporate new technologies within the SUS and, given the increasing judicialization in health, to assist in responding to lawsuits.


Dr. Abeer Ahmad Al Rabayah

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Capacity Building in Jordan

Dr. Abeer Ahmad Al Rabayah is a Pharmacoeconomist at the Center for Drug Policy and Evaluation at King Hussein Cancer Center, which is a leading comprehensive cancer center in the Middle East and the region. Abeer Holds a BSc in pharmacy and an MBA in marketing, along with experience in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and international initiatives that tackled the development of pharmaceutical polices and the improvement of rational uses of medicine. Currently she works on conducting pharmacoeconomic analysis to provide decision makers at KHCC with needed economic data for formulary listing. She is also the Secretary General of ISPOR-Jordan Chapter where she works with other society members to create awareness and building capacity in pharmacoeconomics, and its important role in decision making, pricing, and improving the rational use of medicine by providing medications that not only add value to the patient, but are cost effective at the same time.

 
ISPOR 5th Asia-Pacific Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 2-4 September 2012


Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, PhD

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research: Observations from Pakistan

Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, PhD is a Distinguished National Professor of Pharmacology, Director of the PhD Program in Health Sciences, and Vice Chair of Research and Graduate Studies in the Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan.

Professor Gilani’s career is that of a distinguished Pharmacologist, combining novel discoveries and distinctive mentorship roles, who won merit scholarship from primary school to PhD. He joined the Aga Khan University in 1986 after completing his PhD at the University of Sydney, and rose to full Professor in 1997 through accelerated promotions where he occupied multiple leadership positions. These include Director of Natural Products Research Program, Vice Chair of Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the PhD Program in Health Sciences, and Chair of Board of Graduate Studies. Professor Gilani also occupies the positions of HEC Distinguished National Professor, and Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya and King Saud University, Riyadh.

Professor Gilani made a breakthrough discovery demonstrating himbacine (a plant-derived drug), as a prototype of novel cardio-selective antimuscarinic agents, which earned him the Boehringer International Research Award, and himbacine is now widely used as an “experimental tool” in studies on muscarinic receptor subtypes. In addition to his expertise in natural products pharmacology, he has conducted interesting studies in the area of community pharmacy and public health. He earned three patents, and is a co-editor of two Conference proceedings and two WHO Books on Essential Medicine. Professor Gilani supervised the research of 16 PhD and over 20 MPhil graduates. He published around 300 articles with cumulative IF around 600, and his work has attracted high citations (over 4000 citation with an h-index of 35 based on Google scholar search). 

He occupied 1st national ranking in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences with the highest total of International Citations/Impact Factor --a distinctive position maintained for the last 14 years. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of 10 international journals, and has been an invited/plenary speaker at 65 international symposia. Prof. Gilani is also a WHO Advisor on Essential Medicine and Scientific Advisor to the International Foundation for Science, Sweden. He won several national/international awards which include two civil awards by the President of Pakistan (Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz), Salam prize by TWAS Academy of Scientists from Developing Countries, Italy, Ibn-Al-Hayatham Prize in Science, Boehringer International Research Award and recently Life-Time Academic Achievements Award by the Government of Pakistan. 


Denny John

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: My Experience at the ISPOR 5th Asia-Pacific Conference and its Contribution to Enhancing HTA and Economic Evaluation Assessment in India

Denny John has over a decade of experience across various health domains, such as project management, hospital management, health services research, project evaluation, training, and advocacy. After receiving training under the WHO-SEARO India office supported “Training on Health Insurance” in 2006, he was involved in designing two microhealthinsurance projects; in Nanded and Mumbai. In 2008 his submission “Organisation of Mutuals” focusing on health insurance for urban poor received the Best Plan Award at Prayas (Social Entrepreneurship Competition), SIES College of Management Sciences, Navi Mumbai. From 2009-2011 he was involved as Co-Researcher for ‘Researching the transformative dimensions in the provision of the social health protection in urban Maharashtra’, along with researchers and faculty members from University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has publications in the domain of micro health insurance and social health protection in books, periodicals and peer-reviewed journals. In 2007 and 2008 he was awarded the Leaders Quest Fellowship Award by Leaders Quest Foundation, UK, for his contribution to the non-profit sector in India. As Advisor-Research & Projects for Spine Foundation, Mumbai, in 2012 he was conducting study on ‘Clinical, socioeconomic and cost analysis of spinal surgery cases at a peripheral Municipal hospital in Mumbai’.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy from Mangalore University, MBA in Hospital Management (PGDHM) from IHMR, Jaipur, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Auckland. He is a recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship for his MPH studies. He has conducted a ‘cost effectiveness analysis of community screening for glaucoma in India’ as part of his MPH dissertation. He currently oversees the project implementation activities of health microinsurance schemes in India and Nepal of Micro Insurance Academy, New Delhi, in the role of Dy Director-Project Implementation. He is also involved as co-researcher for conducting systematic review on uptake of community based health insurance and its impact on healthcare utilisation and health behavior. His current research within the organisation features around the relationship of health microinsurance implementation process on factors such as WTP, renewal rates, and social protection.


Dixon Thomas

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Implementing Technology to Improve Pharmacoeconomics and Clinical Outcomes in India

Dixon Thomas is the working Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in Raghavendra Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (RIPER), Anantapur, India. He received his Diploma in Pharmacy, Bachelors in Pharmacy, Masters in Pharmacy Practice, Masters in Education Management, Masters in Psychology and is currently doing his doctoral research. His research areas of interest include patient reported outcomes in drug safety, pharmacoeconomics and health care policy management. He has published over 30 scientific journal articles and has had over 40 scientific presentations. Four of his presentations received best poster awards. His further responsibilities in the pharmacy profession include, Founding Editor of the RIPER PDIC Bulletin, which he is a member of the Publications Committee of Publication Ethics, of the official newsletter of the ISPOR India, Andhra Pradesh Chapter, President-elect of ISPOR India – Andhra Pradesh Chapter, Executive committee member of Community Pharmacy Division of Indian Pharmaceutical Association, In-Charge of Poison and Drug Information Center, RDT Hospital, Joint-Secretary, Institutional Review Board, RIPER, Group administrator in Pharmainfo.net and editorial board member of many other pharmacy journals. His ambition is to improve the quality of patient outcomes through scientific communications with other health care professionals.


Karunrat Tewthanom

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: New Experience for Participating and Learning about new Area of Outcome Researches at an ISPOR Conference

Karunrat Tewthanom is a member of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Silpakorn University as Head of Department.  He graduated with a BPharm from Silpakorn University in 1990, a MSc.in Clinical Pharmacy in 1995 from Mahidol University, and PhD in Pharmaceutical care from Chulalongkorn University in 2008. After receiving his PhD, he began to work as a member of staff at the Department of Pharmacy and was responsible of the Master’s degree of the clinical pharmacy curriculum (Module system), MS Thesis and BS and PharmD students. His research interests are Pharmaceutical care, outcome research, and applied research on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, bioequivalence and therapeutic drug monitoring.  His current work is trying to develop clinical pharmacy education to match the social need or to serve the demand of currently professional policies.


Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Improving Sustainable Access To Pharmaceuticals Among the Low Income Population in Developing Countries: The Contribution of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali graduated with a pharmacy degree from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He also holds a Masters degree in the field of Clinical Pharmacy from USM and a PhD in the field of pharmacy practice from Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. At present, Dr. Azmi holds an appointment as the programme chair for the Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy (DSAP), School of Pharmaceutical Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia. DSAP is the pioneer and leading department in Malaysia to offer courses related to pharmacoeconomics and outcome research training to both the undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students. He also currently holds the appointment as the country coordinator for the  International Network For Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD). Besides that, he is also serving many local and international committees on quality use of medicines projects such as the Ministry of Health Malaysia,  Action Against Antibiotic Resistant (ReAcT- Uppsala Sweden), Health Action International Asia Pacific (HAI-AP). He had been active member of ISPOR since 2006 and had been invited to be one of the speaker during the inaugural 1st Malaysian Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research Conference organized by the ISPOR chapter of Malaysia in March 2012.  His area of research interest  are focused on social pharmacy issues and pharmaceutical policy analysis especially related to cost effective use of generic medicines in developing countries. To now, Dr. Azmi had published more than 170 research international peer reviewed articles and had authored more than 150 conference presentations in the area of rational use of medicines.


Mohammad Ashar Malik

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: A Pakistani Perspective of the ISPOR 5th Asia-Pacific Conference

Mohammad Ashar Malik is currently a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. Previously, he was associated with the health policy unit of Ministry of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a graduate of the University of York in Health Economics. He is President-Elect of the Pakistan Regional Chapter of ISPOR. He has also been involved in the health policy formulation process in Pakistan. His research work focuses on cost effectiveness analysis of health programs in developing countries. He is also involved in equity analysis of health expenditure and utilization in Pakistan.


Dr. Muhannad R. M. Salih

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Supporting Health Economy Researchers from Developing Countries

Dr. Muhannad R. M. Salih is a lecturer at the College of Pharmacy, Al-Rashed University in Baghdad. He received his bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2001. He worked as a clinical pharmacist in a maternity hospital in Baghdad and inn 2004, he joined the medical college at the University of Mustansiriyah and was transferred to the College of Pharmacy. In 2008, Dr. Salih received his post-graduate Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Afterwards, he was offered the USM-Fellowship to complete his doctorate degree. He successfully finished his PhD in January 2012. Dr. Salih worked as a part-time community pharmacist for more than 6 years in Baghdad. He has been a member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) since Jun 14, 2010. His main area of interest is activity based costing and cost-effectiveness analysis.


Dr. S. K. Gupta

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: ISPOR Provides an Opportunity for Education to Professionals of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Reasearch in Asian Countries

Dr. S. K. Gupta was formerly Head of the Department of Pharmacology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and has been Dean & Director General Institute of Clinical Research (India), which is one of the premier and pioneering Institute in the country. He is the founder of the National Pharmacovigilance Center at AIIMS. In recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field, Dr. Gupta has been nominated as expert-member of a number of committees of DST, DBT, CSIR and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Govt. of India, and was member of governing body of the Central Council of Research in Ayurveda. He has been conferred with prestigious Fellowships of International Society of Eye Research USA and International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Canada. He has been visiting Professor to several prestigious universities in UK, USA, Germany etc. Dr. Gupta has been recipient of prestigious awards and was recently conferred the ‘Distinguished Services Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery’ by the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Canada and has had several patents to his credit; one of his ophthalmic formulations is being commercialized. At present, Dr. Gupta is President of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences and Member, Executive Committee of the International Society of Heart Research (India Section). Dr. Gupta has published more than 250 research papers and edited seven books and has guided more than 150 postgraduate students. He is elected fellow of IPS (India), ISER (USA), IACS (Canada) and FRSC (Romania). Recently, he has been nominated as Advisor, Pharmacovigilance Program of India (Min. of Health and Family Welfare).

ISPOR 17th Annual International Meeting, Washington, DC, USA , June 2-6 , 2012


Ismail A. Suleiman, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, FPCPharm

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Evidence Based Health Care Reforms in Pakistan: A Need of Time

Muhammad Atif, BPharm, MPhil, is a Lecture (Clinical Pharmacy) in the Department of Pharmacy, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan since, 2003.  In 2002, he obtained his BPharm degree from The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.  In 2006, he completed his MPhil degree from the same institution with specialization in clinical pharmacokinetics. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Discipline of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia since, 2009. Core areas of his PhD topic are Pharmaceutical Care, Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) and Pharmacoeconomics. In 2005-06 he played a leading role in designing and implementing clinical clerkships for PharmD students in affiliated teaching hospital. He has two years of experience as academic clinical pharmacist in Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. Recently, he has completed two years of research attachment in Respiratory Department of Penang General Hospital, Penang, Malaysia. He has more than 30 publications in reputable international journals.  He also holds Malaysian Good Clinical Practice (GCP) status. Muhammad Atif is also a member of International Society for Infectious Diseases.  In near future, he is looking forward to contribute significantly in establishing ISPOR Pakistan Regional Chapter.


Ismail A. Suleiman, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, FPCPharm

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Barriers Influencing Contraceptive Use among Students In Second Cycle Institutions In The Bekwai Municipality, Ashanti Region, Ghana

Peter Agyei-Baffour is a Ghanaian Public Health Expert with 12 years experience in research, and 8 years experience in teaching and consulting in health policy and systems research and other public health related areas. He has ample experience in mentoring of students and supervision of students’ research and other academic work, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Previously, he worked as teaching assistant in the department of Geography and Rural Development, Faculty of Social Sciences,  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from 1997-2000. Between 2000 and 2002, he worked as a project coordinator on a World Health Organization/Tropical Disease Research (WHO/tdR) project of home management of malaria in rural communities in Ghana. For the past eight years he has been an academic staff of KNUST. He currently teaches in the KNUST Department of Community Health, School of Medical Sciences (SMS), Community Health (COH), KNUST. He currently supervises four PhD students of varying topics in health policy research. He teaches community diagnosis and research methods, and prepares and leads students in their community health praticals in the field. He also teaches health systems research, health sector financing and management, human resource management, project management, policy process and principles of management at the postgraduate level. He coordinates the MSC/MPH Health Service Planning and Management Course. He is currently serving on the Research Committee on Disability Rehabilitation and Development course and the Home-Based Care Working Group of the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service. He has been a Human Resource Researcher on the Ghana-Michigan Collaborative Health Alliance for Reshaping. Training, Education & Research (CHARTER), where he played an invaluable role in implementation and reporting of the CHARTER’s activities since 2009.  He holds Masters in Industrial management, Postgraduate diploma in Health Systems Research Methodology and BA (Economics and Geography) He received his PhD in February, 2010 and currently pursuing a postdoctoral degree in Global Health - occupational and environmental health and a visiting scholar to the University of Michigan from 2011-2016. He is a member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Ghana Regional and World Chapters.


Ismail A. Suleiman, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, FPCPharm

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Improving Capacity Building for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Developing Economies-ISPOR as a Role Model

Ismail A. Suleiman, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, FPCPharm, is a Nigerian, a Clinical Pharmacist, a Fellow of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.  Dr. Suleiman has been teaching Pharmacoeconomics for more than five years and has published a number of papers on pharmacoeconomics and outcomes related research. In addition to his experience in academia, he also has had practical experience in hospital and community pharmacy. He was a consultant to the Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on immunization activities in Nigeria and has facilitated training workshops for health professionals on pharmaceutical care implementation and pharmacoeconomics.  His research interests include pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical care and evidence-based pharmacy practice.


Alessandra Caroline Domingos de Figueiredo

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: A View of the Importance of the Development of Pharmacoeconomic Analysis in Making Decisions in Public Health Policies in Brazil

Alessandra Caroline Domingos de Figueiredo is a Brazilian pharmacist and  graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in December 2009. She works for the Management of National Health System (SUS), in the office of Superintendence of Pharmaceutical Care (SPC) of the State Secretary of Health of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In her role of this department, she acts as one those responsible for managing and monitoring Database System (SIGAF) of Superintendence of Pharmaceutical Care of State of Minas Gerais. The main purpose of her job is to promote the rational use of medicines and ensure access to free medication to people through SUS. As part of her studies in college, Alessandra has become involved in projects of initiation science in the pharmaceutical area and her most intimate contact with the area of pharmacoeconomics happened in Specialization Course of “Health Monitoring.” Currently, she is finishing a monograph in the field of pharmacoeconomics for completing the Course of Specialization of “Health Monitoring” from Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-GO). In April 2012, Alessandra specialized in “Management of Pharmaceutical Care in SUS," promoted by Ministry of Health, Brazil.


Mohamed Solayman, MSc

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Enriching Knowledge and Initiating the Practice of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Developing Countries

Mohamed Solayman, MSc, is an Assistant Lecturer in the Clinical Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He is eager to spreading the pharmacoeconomics knowledge and professional practice in Egypt and the Middle East region. To do this, he is planning to make use of his academic access to a huge number of undergraduate and postgraduate students, beside his access to a number of regional professional health care settings and the ISPOR Regional Chapter in Egypt.  


Mahmoud Elmahdawy

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics Awareness and Outcomes Research Implementation in Egypt: Past, Present and Better Hope For the Future

Mahmoud Elmahdawy graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy with a PharmD in May 2001.  He worked as a clinical pharmacist in Des Moines, IA, USA for 4 years before moving back to Egypt as supervisor and training director of the Clinical Pharmacy Department at Misr International University (MIU) in Egypt. In July 2010, he worked at the Egyptian Drug Authority as General Manager of their hospital pharmacy administration.  In July 2011, he, along with other ISPOR members, founded the ISPOR Egypt Regional Chapter was named President of the chapter.  


Kathiaja Miranda Souza

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: My Experience at the ISPOR 17th Annual International Meeting and its Importance for Health Policy in Brazil

Kathiaja Miranda Souza is a pharmacist and graduate of Federal University of Minas Gerais, and holds a MBA in Economics and Health Technology Assessment from the Institute of Economic Research (FIPE), Oswaldo Cruz German Hospital and Ministry of Health, Brazil. She works in the office of the Superintendent of Pharmaceutical Care, performing the programming activities and acquisition of medicines. She has been working in the area of pharmacoeconomics, health technology assessment, and financial impact studies in the field of Public Health. As a manager and member of the National Health System (SUS), Ms. Souza will work as a consultant in the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Health to develop activities for Health Technology Assessment of standardized cast of SUS.


Dr. Sabin Thomas, MPharm, PhD

ISPOR 2012 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Expansion of the Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research Discipline in the Sultanate of Oman

Dr. Sabin Thomas, MPharm, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy & Nursing, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman. He pursued his Masters and PhD degrees at J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Mysore (Pioneers of Clinical Pharmacy Education in India), affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India. Dr. Thomas holds a doctoral degree in the areas of Health Related Quality of life (HRQoL) and Health Economics in Respiratory Medicine. This research was funded by University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India. His expertise also extends to the area of linguistic validation process of standard HRQoL instruments in respiratory division. He has outstanding experience in conducting and coordinating various Phases of Clinical Trials at Allergy Asthma & Chest Research Center, Mysore, and was trained in Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) by the Clinical Research Industry. As an academic, he worked as a faculty in Pharmacy Practice at J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Ooty and has profound teaching and research experience in MPharm and PharmD programs. He was approved as a Co-guide for PhD in Pharmacy Practice at J.S.S University, Mysore and has guided project on Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes Mellitus. Dr. Thomas has got various national and international publications and presentations in the field of Health Outcomes Research to his credit. He was a resource person for several Quality Improvement Programs for academics (AICTE-India sponsored) and practicing pharmacy professionals at Institutions, Universities, Public Health Centers and State Pharmacy Council in India. Dr. Thomas is a key person in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Nizwa, Oman and a resource person for Continuing Professional Development programs conducted by Ministry of Health. He is a member of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI), Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS) and International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

2011 Recipients
ISPOR 14th Annual European Congress, Madrid, Spain , 5-8 November 2011


Sondos Samara, MSc

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: The Horizon of Health Economics in Jordan

Sondos Samara, MSc, is a young academic from Jordan and works as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Isra University in Jordan. She obtained her first degree in pharmacy from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.  In 2008, she was awarded the Said Foundation scholarship to pursue her master’s degree in clinical pharmacy, international practice and policy from the School of Pharmacy, University of London.  She plans to introduce a strong pharmacoeconomics course for the undergraduate students at the university. She is interested to start research related to the cost of treatment in outpatient s’ pharmacies in Jordan.  She is a member of the ISPOR Jordanian Regional Chapter and looking to work with other members in the chapter to introduce pharmacoeconomics to the Jordanian pharmaceutical field.


Güvenç Koçkaya, MD, MSc

Güvenç Koçkaya, MD, MSc, is a medical doctor and health economist. He graduated from Istanbul Medicine Faculty at Istanbul University with a Medical Doctor degree. He had worked as an ambulance physician in emergency services, however, due to the fact that his target in his profession  is to improve and generalize pharmacoeconomy, he graduated from the  Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacoepidemiology master’s program at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. While writing his distertation in the master program, he started to study in the Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology doctorate program at Istanbul University Medicine Faculty. Now, he is in the distertation term of the doctorate program and has started to study at the University Claude Bernard (Lyon 1), for a European Market Access University Diploma. Also he had been a short-term scholarship student at the Center for Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA, USA,  while he was writing his distertation for his  master’s.  In addition, he had been working as a part time lecturer at Yeditepe University, and the Yeditepe University ISPOR Student Chapter were launched under his advisory. Now, he is working for the Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy as a Health Economist and is a member of the Medical and Technical Evaluation Committee, which works for making decisions on reimbursement of pharmaceuticals, and the Pharmaceuticals Expenditure Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, which works on evaluating the use of pharmaceuticals in the Social Security Institution. He is member of several associations and societies. He has many published manuscripts, posters, and reports in pharmacoeconomics field.


Ernest Attuquaye Quaye, BPharm, MPH

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Health/Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research: Evidence Required For Rational Health Care Decision Making in Developing Countries

Ernest Attuquaye Quaye, BPharm, MPH, is a Principal Pharmacist with the Medical Department of Ghana Cocoa Board, the main government agency responsible for the development of the cocoa industry which plays an important role in Ghana’s economy, employing over 800,000 farm families across many regions in Ghana. He obtained his BPharm from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana in 2000 and has worked as a pharmacist post registration by the Ghana Pharmacy Council in December 2001 with clinical, community practice as well as some Public health experiences. He has cerificates in Drug Supply Management (Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, 2002) and Costing and Pricing of Products and Services (Management Development and Productivity Institute, Accra-Ghana, 2006). He has attended several training workshops on HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and on Health Insurance. Motivated by his interest in Health Economics and Policy advocacy, his dissertation was on the costing of diabetes for his MPH (Health Policy Planning & Management) from the University of Ghana in 2010. He is the Institutional Coordinator for the National Tuberculosis Program and secretary to both the Drug & Therapeutics Committee and the Pricing Task Force for the Clinics. He has done some consultancy work and as a data analyst for a sub-metro in Accra on “The use of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLIN)” and currently a consultant on “The Relationship Between Vitamin A, Zinc and Multivitamin Supplementation  And Morbidity Due To Malaria” by the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST- Kumasi.


Anush Perikhanyan

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Striving to Implement Great Ideas for a Small Country

Anush Perikhanyan, was born and raised in Armenia. She is a pharmacist and graduated from Yerevan State University in 2003 the department of pharmaceutical chemistry. In 2009, she successfully completed her studies in the Master of Public Health program at the American University of Armenia which is a US accredited graduate university affiliated with the University of California. There, health economics was one of their major courses which she excelled at most and devoted her future career to health economics and specifically pharmacoeconomics.   Her Master’s thesis project was cost-effectiveness study evaluating two main revascularization procedures: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stent (DES). It was the first cost-effectiveness study in Armenia. This study was published in “Georgina Medical News” in June 2011. For this purpose, she conducted her study using the database of “Nork Marash” Medical Center which is one of the biggest cardiac surgery centers in Caucasus. Currently, she is working as a research fellow in the same center. At the same time, from December 2011, she is working at Yerevan State Medical University in the department of pharmaceutical management and pharmacoeconomics as a teaching assistant. During this period she has done a study about the availability of essential medicines in pharmaceutical market of Armenia. The abstract of this study has been chosen to be presented as a poster at conference organized by World Health Organization Center for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies in Austria, September 29-30, 2011. It will also be available on WHO website.  Besides Pharmacoeconomics, she is interested in bioequivalence and drug research. Pharmacoeconomics is newly developing area in her country and would be happy to contribute to its development in Armenia.


Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Ensuring Evidence Based Policy Decision Making In Ghana

Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt is a Pharmacist with over 22 years experience in health systems strengthening and a health policy analyst.  A product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and Leeds University, United Kingdom, she is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services and also the Chief Pharmacist of Ghana Ministry of Health in which role she oversees the formulation of national strategies to ensure broad and inclusive access to medicines programs in both private and public sectors in Ghana. She has vast experience in promoting rational use of medicines. Coordinating two editions of Ghana's Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List, she promoted capacity building for evidence summary production to improve the selection processes for Ghana’s essential medicines. As one of the drafters of Ghana's Health Policy, she believes in evidence-based policy decision making and constantly exploring ways of improving the processes that allow health policies to move into practice that provides sustainable outcomes especially for the most vulnerable. Martha was a member of Centre for Global Development Drug Resistance Working Group and is the current chair for Ghana’s Antimicrobial Resistance Working group. She is the interim chair also for Ghana ISPOR Regional Chapter.


Mihajlo B. Jakovljevic, MD, PhD

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomic Assessment Based Decision Making in Delivering Health Care on the Rise among Eastern European and Balkans Policy Makers

Mihajlo B. Jakovljevic, MD, PhD, born 1978 in Belgrade, Serbia, is the leader of the budget financed, research project on health economics (OI 175014) in Serbia, the only one of its kind; the duration of approved funding from Ministry of Science, 2011-2014 . He is also leading the N°17/10 junior research grant on health economics issues at clinical setting, financed out of the home institution’s own funds. He defended his PhD thesis on clinical pharmacology and related quality of life issues in epileptic patients (dose – response clinical trial) at The University of Kragujevac on 2008. Afterwards he was appointed an Assistant professor rank in the field of pharmacology at The Medical Faculty University of Kragujevac, Serbia thus being the youngest PhD and university professor promoted at his home institution since its very founding. Currently, he is running graduate course on pharmacoeconomics for master of pharmacy students. In recent years (2003-2011), he has conducted joint research projects and/or academic exchanges at counterpart foreign institutions of  Hosei University Tokyo Japan; Department of Public Health University of Birmingham, UK; The Ghent University, Belgium; Universities at Nijmegen and Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Institute of Pharmacology at The Vienna Medical University, Austria and The Pharmaceutical Faculty University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with some of them still in process. These programmes where financed by the host institution’s scholarships originating from governmental funds - EACPT, Royal Norwegian Grant, CEEPUS, WUS-OAD, BASILEUS – EU Commission’s Grant and Hosei University Internal Research Fund. He has published more than 20 full text papers including 9 being indexed at Medline and many of them dealing with health economic issues (CEA, CUA, Cost of Illness, Solicited reviews etc). He has had many presentations at international pharmacology congresses out of which four where invited lectures or oral sessions: at World Pharma Meeting, Copenhagen Denmark July 2010, 3rd ICDDT Dubai, UAE February 2011, ESBRA Vienna Austria September 2011 and 6th JHEA in Tokyo, Japan September 2011.  He has conducted numerous peer-reviewing for different journals in the field, and serving as Senior Editorial board member on behalf of two international journals: Chinese Journal of Clinicians and Health Behaviour and Public Health NJ, USA. He is a member of the ISPOR Serbian Chamber of Physicians, Serbian Pharmacological Society and an ISPOR Serbia Regional Chapter. He speaks English, German, and Slovenian fluently.


Kehinde O. Onasanya, BPharm, MSc, holds a 1997 Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University School of Pharmacy, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and a Masters Degree in Health Management from Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a registered Pharmacist and young researcher with interest in pharmacoeconomics and outcome research. Currently, he seeks to develop the capacity of Public Sector Institutions and Civil Society Organizations in use of pharmacoeconomics and outcome research to ensure health resources are used in an equitable and cost effective manner such as drug selection, drug formulary management and procurement decisions. He equally holds a professional Post-graduate diploma in logistics and supply chain management and membership of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (UK) and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Bridging Knowledge and Practice Gaps and Sustaining Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research in Nigeria

Kehinde O. Onasanya, BPharm, MSc, holds a 1997 Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University School of Pharmacy, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and a Masters Degree in Health Management from Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a registered Pharmacist and young researcher with interest in pharmacoeconomics and outcome research. Currently, he seeks to develop the capacity of Public Sector Institutions and Civil Society Organizations in use of pharmacoeconomics and outcome research to ensure health resources are used in an equitable and cost effective manner such as drug selection, drug formulary management and procurement decisions. He equally holds a professional Post-graduate diploma in logistics and supply chain management and membership of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (UK) and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.


r. Gihan Hamdy Elsisi

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Raising Awareness and Improving the Decision-Making Process in Government to Make Better Use of Health Care Resources

Dr. Gihan Hamdy Elsisi, an Egyptian citizen, was born on October 5, 1980. Upon graduating from Misr University for Science & Technology (Egypt) in August 2003 with a bachelor of pharmacy, she pursued her postgraduate education at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt culminating to a Masters of Science degree in Clinical pharmacy in November of 2010. Dr. Gihan first professional engagement was in Giza, Egypt in 2004 as Hospital Pharmacist at Imbaba General Hospital. In June of 2010, Dr. Gihan was a Pharmaceutical Inspector at Ministry of Health. She is currently Team Leader of Hospital Pharmacy Administration at Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs (CAPA). The CAPA primarily functions as a drug evaluation, information, and pharmacovigilance center. Through the CAPA and as coordinator of specialized Committee, Dr. Gihan was able to successfully implement and incorporate pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research into the approval process of drugs. She established the importance of performing health technology assessments and economic evaluations on new and costly regimens and interventions. In May 2011, Dr. Gihan organized and lectured at CAPA training and educational programs on Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research to encourage and promote the productive research into this field. Dr. Gihan is the treasurer of the ISPOR Egypt Regional Chapter. She is also actively communicating with many of the leading universities to actively enlist academic courses in various disciplines of pharmacoeconomics and hopefully be part of a dedicated academic program resulting in an advanced degree in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.   


Mark Ssennono

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Outcomes Research is Key in Health Care Decision Making In Low Income Countries

Mark Ssennono is a Biostatistician. He holds an MSc in Biostatistics and an MSc in Applied Statistics obtained from Hasselt University, Limburg, Belgium in 2009 and 2008 respectively. He attained a Bachelor of Statistics from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in 2001. He has also taken post graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA in Biostatistics and Epidemiology as a Forgarty fellow. His experience spans Clinical trials and Cohort studies in infectious diseases. He is currently a Data Operations Manager of a unit that offers Data management and Statistical services at Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University.  His research interests include the use of prospective databases for Outcomes Research. He is keen to use cost effectiveness analysis to influence policy in the use of scarce funds for health care in resource limited settings such as his home country, Uganda.

ISPOR 3rd Latin America Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, 8-10 September 2011


CHANDA KULKARNI

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research – As Educational Tools for Health Care Professionals at the ‘Grass Roots Level’: A Step towards the Vision, Mission and Scope of ISPOR

CHANDA KULKARNI is a Professor  & Head at the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the esteemed St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India (website - http://www.stjohns.in/). She obtained her MBBS and postgraduate MD degree in Pharmacology from a Government Medical School in India and pursued her PhD as well as a fellowship course FSASMS, from the current institution. She has over three decades of professional experience in the present institute, which includes teaching and research. As an academic scientist she is involved in medical undergraduate, post-graduate and paramedical teaching including pre-clinical and clinical research with special interest in Neuropharmacology. She has been a guide for many undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and has over 50 publications in international and national journals. In addition she has participated and delivered invited lectures in several international and national level conferences through travel fellowships and scholarships. Also, she has received training at the international level in specialised areas like – Clinical Pharmacology, Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, Formulary Committee; Problem based learning, Essential and Rational Drug Use. Her primary areas of research interest include – epilepsy, substance abuse, plant product research and clinical trials with a special focus on - drug utilisation studies, rational and appropriate therapeutic practices, pharmacoeconomic evaluation, and quality of life assessment for chronic disorders, women’s health and community based registry as well as KAP surveys. Being brought up in a developing country like India which has a major burden of chronic diseases with 80% of its population residing in rural parts, in addition to having spent part of her childhood in rural sectors, she strongly feels that such studies are of current relevance and importance. In addition being an ambitious medical teacher, she has designed educational intervention programs to – sensitise, create awareness and improve knowledge on the use of medicines at the ‘grass root’ level among students and at the community level to ‘reach the unreachable’ using suitable innovative tools. She is a member of – International Brain Research Organization [IBRO], several associations and societies. She is currently a – reviewer for ViH Asia, an ISPOR Publication and ISPOR Conference Workshops; Chairperson and external member of several Human Ethics Committees and scientific bodies in home country; and invited international faculty for Alcohol & Drug Abuse at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Minneapolis, USA.   


Professor Anantha Naik Nagappa

ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Applications of Pharmacoeconomics, Outcomes Research, and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to Decision Making in Emerging Developing Economies

Professor Anantha Naik Nagappa is pharmacist specializing in pharmacology. He has served as a teacher, researcher and administrator for three decades. His research background involves pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, ethno pharmacology.  He has 65 publications in peered review journals, and has served as professor at several pharmacy colleges in India including the BITS, Pilani, India. He is currently working as a professor in the pharmacy management department of, Manipal College of pharmaceutical sciences, in Manipal University, India. He is current interest involves research in pharmco economics studies of chronic diseases. Prof Anantha Naik Nagappa is committed to the cause of patient safety in community pharmacy.  He is very keen in promoting the health care evaluation and committed to the cause of placing the pharmacists in health care, in the areas of community, clinical and hospital pharmacy like in developed countries. He is the founder president of Association of Community Pharmacists of India, Association of Practicing pharmacist and clinical pharmacologist.   He is also founder secretary of Kautilya Society of Pharmacoeconomic and out come research, subsidiary for ISPOR Manipal chapter, recognized jointly by ISPOR.

ISPOR 16th Annual International Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA May 21-25, 2011

Eugene Addo
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Patient Registries for Pharmacoeconomic Evaluation and Outcomes Research

EUGENE NMAI ADDO is a Senior Drug Regulatory Officer with the Food and Drugs Board, the Drug Regulatory Agency of Ghana working at the agency’s head quarters in Accra. He has worked extensively in matters involving pre-approval assessment of domestic and overseas pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as per cGMP, GLP and GSP, evaluation of medicines registration documents.

As the Head of the Post Market Surveillance Unit of the Drug Inspectorate Department of the Food and Drugs Board, Ghana he has worked on import and export controls as well as monitored the market on medicines, medical devices and household chemicals ensuring that they are safe, efficacious and of good quality. He has also conducted overt and covert investigations in illicit trade including medicines counterfeiting.

Mr. EUGENE NMAI ADDO has delivered lectures both at international and local conferences on pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting. He is a qualified pharmacist and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.

He earned his B. Pharm. in 1994 from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, MSc in Pharmaceutical Services and Medicines Control in 2006 from University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.


Ganbat Byambaa, MD, MMS, PhD
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome research in Mongolia: Research into Policy Implementation

Ganbat Byambaa is an Associate Professor at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. He received his PhD degree from Health Sciences University of Mongolia and his Master’s degree from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He was previously President of Mongolian Association of Medical Young Researchers. He worked in the ministry of health, academic institutions and international project teams as manager, researcher and teacher. Ganbat received a WHO research grant award in health policy and systems research in Mongolia in 2007 and 2008. He is an Associate Editor of the Mongolian Journal Health Sciences and the Mongolian Journal of Medical Education. He is a member of Mongolian Medical Education Accreditation Committee of National Higher Education Committee of Mongolia and Academic Council of Health Sciences University of Mongolia. Ganbat has published in the areas of health policy and systems, health human resource development and medical education. From 2011, he is working as the President in charge of the ISPOR Mongolia Regional Chapter.


Saval Khanal, BPharm, MSc
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pand Outcome Researches in Nepal: The Way Forward

Saval Khanal, BPharm, MSc, Pharm, is a young academician and researcher from Nepal. He pursued his first pharmacy degree (B.Pharm) from Pokhara University, Nepal in year 2007 and had finished his Masters degree in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia in year 2010. He had already worked at various projects, mainly related to medicine information services and ADR monitoring in Nepal and Malaysia. Currently, he is working as Lecturer at Department of Pharmacy, Sunsari Technical College, Nepal.

He has more than 15 publications in national and international journals/ bulletins. His areas of research interests are evaluation of regulatory/educational interventions of national or international interests. In future, he plans to evaluate such interventions in pharmacoeconomical point of view. He is currently member of professional societies like International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPOR), International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE), and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) - Pharmacy Information Section and Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section.


Emmanuel Ankrah Odame, MPH
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Health Technology Assessment in Ghana: The Way Forward

Emmanuel Ankrah Odame’s public health consultant and health policy analyst academic preparation in medicine coupled with his keen interest in the economic aspect of medical care, led him to understudy the Health Insurance scheme in Israel. Dr. Odame motivated by his interest did a project work on the topic “Costing of the free maternal health services under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana for his masters dissertation in health policy, and was also a part of the National Health Account Study carried out by the Ghana Health Service. He is the head of the Public Health Unit at the Ridge Hospital.  He is involved in strategic planning, monitoring , Health technology assessment, costing analysis and the lead consultant currently on the exemption project being spearheaded by Oxfam and Ghana Health Service. Health Systems Research (Participant at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 16-19 November, 2010 in Switzerland).


Amit D. Raval, MPharm
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research: Current and Future Perspectives in India

Amit D. Raval, MPharm, an Assistant Professor at Institute of Pharmacy Nirma University, Ahmadabad, India, has completed his B.Pharm. from Shri Sarvajanik Pharmacy college, Mehsana in 2007 and M.Pharm. in Pharmacy Practice from Center of excellence in Pharmaceutical, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) SAS Nagar in 2009. He has been actively working in the field of outcome research for last two years with several publications ranging from case study, case series, cross sectional study to systematic review. He submitted thesis on “Assessment of Risk Factors for Diabetic Complications, Depression and Life Expectancy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients”.  He also started working on systematic review within Cochrane as volunteer author handling three Cochrane systematic reviews currently and began a research group named “Shrimati Kaumudiniben Health Outcome Research Group” (SKHORG), a group for volunteers who want to grow in the field of systematic review.  He wants to contribute the healthcare by doing patient centric outcome research and evidence based research or policy.


Maoling Wei, MPH
ISPOR 2011 Meeting Travel Scholarship Award Report: Enhancing Training and Communication for Those Less Developed Area and Facilitating Their Involvement

Maoling Wei, MPH, a lecturer of West China Hospital of Sichuan University. She obtained a master degree of social medicine & health management and a bachelor degree of law at Sichuan University, respectively. She has worked at the Chinese Cochrane/EBM Center since 1999 and actively coordinated the establishment of Ministry of Education Virtual Research Center of EBM in China. She is also a reviewer of the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group and Cochrane Gynecological Cancer and Orphan Cancer Review Group. Her main research area include evidence based decision-making and management and systematic review, etc. She has published more than 20 papers on EBM in Chinese and is an associate editor in chief of book on ‘Methodology of design and implementation on Systematic Review, meta-analysis’ (Beijing, 2011), one of authors of book on ‘Evidence Based Stomatology’ (Beijing, 2003 & 2008, respectively) and sectary of seven clinical handbooks on EBM treatment (Beijing, 2008), etc.

2010 rECIPIENTS

Jacinta Omeh

Ms. Jacinta Omeh is at present a Registered Nurse.  She was born at Obollor - Afor, Enugu State of Nigeria. She attended Community Primary School Ekposhi, Enugu-Ezike and Army Day Secondary School Isiohor, S &T  Barrack, Benin-City, Nigeria.   She studied Mass Communication at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, Nigeria and had her internship with the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria, Enugu Station.  Ms. Omeh proceeded to study nursing and graduated with distinction in School of Nursing and Midwifery, Banjul. She is a member of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Gambia Chapter, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, ISPOR Latin America Consortium and currently an active member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Ms. Omeh is a junior scientist and hopes to further her studies towards Nursing Research in the near future.


Asrul Akmal Shafie BPharm, PhD

Asrul Akmal Shafie BPharm, PhD is a registered pharmacist in Malaysia since 2001. He was awarded USM fellowship to pursue PhD degree in pharmacoeconomic which he successfully completed in Cardiff University, UK in 2007. His research interests are in the application of econometric, economic evaluation, and Markov modelling methods in pharmaceutical services and product. He is now leading and co-investigating a number of researches in quality use of medicine, PRO instrument validation and valuation, and health technology assessment where he has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles. He is also an appointed member of Malaysia National Medicine Policy steering committee, Ministry of Health’s Quality Use of Medicine committee, and Malaysia Pharmacy Advisory Board. Dr Asrul is currently a senior lecturer in social and administrative pharmacy in Universiti Sains Malaysia, where he teaches pharmacoeconomic, statistic and epidemiology to both undergraduates and postgraduates in the university and four other local institutions.

2009 rECIPIENTS

Dr. Azuka  Oparah, BPharm, MPharm, MBA, MPH, FPCPharm, PhD is currently the Secretary-General of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, a regional College for advancing pharmacy education and practice. He worked as a community pharmacist after he qualified in 1987 and later joined the services of the University of Benin in 1997 as a lecturer. He is a Senior Lecturer and the Acting Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Benin, Nigeria. He was among the team that pioneered the introduction of the PharmD program in 2001 in the University and he later functioned as the Coordinator of the PharmD program.

Azuka Oparah is an active promoter of pharmaceutical care education and practice in Nigeria through his activities in the University of Benin and the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. His teaching and research focus is on clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes of therapy, and practice advancement.

2008 rECIPIENTS


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Federico Agustovski is the current Director of Health Economic Evaluations and Technology Assessment at the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (www.iecs.org.ar) in Argentina, where Economic Evaluations and HTAs are performed to inform local and regional decision makers. He is a Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health of the University of Buenos Aires, where he teaches courses for graduate and postgraduate students in Decision Sciences; PRO Development in Health and Health Economic Evaluations. He received his Medical Degree with honours at the aforementioned University (1986-1991), and is a specialist in Family Medicine and a staff physician at the Family and Community Medicine Division of the Italian Hospital. He received his MSc in Epidemiology (Harvard School of Public Health, 1997-1999). He was an Alban Scholar of the European Union in Health Economics (2003-2004) getting research and training experience at the Centre for Health Economics at York University at the UK. His research production concentrates in Health Technology Assessments and Health Economic Evaluations and (i.e multicountry studies in LA, country coordinator of NEVALAT Project [Latin American collaboration of Health Economic Evaluation]), and PRO and preference status measures and validation (i.e. derivation of Argentine weights for the EQ-5D). Additionally, Federico was a founder member and first elected president of the Argentina ISPOR local chapter (2005-2006).


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Mohammed Fouad Jabr PharmD, MSc, MBA, a Jordanian citizen, was born on November 1st 1976. Upon graduating from Amman University (Jordan) in August 1998 with a bachelor of pharmacy, he pursued his postgraduate education at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska (USA) culminating to a simultaneous awarding of a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and a Masters of Science degree in Pharmaceutical sciences in December of 2002. Dr. Jabr’s first professional engagement was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2003 as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital. In 2005, Dr. Jabr returned to Jordan and is currently head of the Center for Drug Policy and Evaluation (CDPE) at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC). The CDPE primarily functions as a pharmacoeconomics research, drug information, and pharmacovigilance center. Through the CDPE and as coordinator of KHCC’s P&T Committee, Dr. Jabr was able to successfully implement and incorporate pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research into the formulary management process. He conducted several economic analyses including CEAs, CMAs, and BIs at KHCC and established the importance of performing health technology assessments and economic evaluations on new and costly anticancer regimens and interventions. In September 2006 Dr. Jabr organized, chaired, and lectured at KHCC’s First International Symposium on Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research with the participation of renowned health economists from the USA, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Jabr is a co-founding member of ISPOR-JORDAN and continues to participate at various venues on both an institutional and national level to promote the awareness and guideline development and implementation of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research in Jordan.


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Yot Teerawattananon MD, PhD is a medical doctor and health economist. He is also a founder of Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), a research institution that provides technical support to national health authorities including Ministry of Public Health, National Health Security Office and Social Security Office. The current works of HITAP include the development of the methodological guidelines for conducting economic evaluation in Thailand, the establishment of the Thai health technology assessment database, and appraising a wide range of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Dr. Teerawattananon has ppreviously served as a director of Pong District Hospital in Phayao province in northern Thailand where he developed an intense interest in Health Economics and Policy. Since 2000, he has worked as a health system researcher at International Health Policy Program (IHPP), where he has gained experience in project evaluations at the grass-root and national levels. In 2003, he received the World Health Organization Fellowship Award to study at University of East Anglia, England where he completed his PhD in Health Economics. He has a number of publications in leading international health economic journals.

2007 rECIPIENTS


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Dr. Al-Abbadi is a qualified pharmacist by profession since graduation in 1987, with a long experience in pharmaceutical marketing in the Middle East area. He worked with Astra Pharmaceuticals (before the merge) in one of the biggest pharmaceutical markets in the region (Saudi Arabia). Dr. Al-Abbadi also worked for Advanced Pharmaceutical Industries (a successful Jordanian pharmaceutical manufacturer which merged later with Arab Pharmaceutical Manufacturer; APM) directing all the marketing operations allover. After completing his research, which was focused on the factors affecting the pharmaceutical pricing in Jordan, he got his MBA-Marketing from University of Jordan and start lecturing "Pharmaceutical Marketing" in number of Pharmacy Faculties in Jordan Universities. At the same time he worked as a marketing consultant and trainer for many local companies and drug stores. Being a pharmacist and holding a master degree in marketing, Dr Al-Abbadi had an opportunity to complete his PhD in PharmacoEconomics from Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom (2006) developing an internationally published model for drug formulary selection which was applied successfully on ACEIs, PPIs and Statins containing 40% of pharmaceutical expenditure in one health board in Northern Ireland while retaining the same level of pharmaceutical service. Dr. Al-Abbadi is currently an Assistant Professor in Biopharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacy department and an Assistant Dean for Training Affairs-Faculty of Pharmacy-University of Jordan. Research interests: Drug Formularies, PharmacoEconomic evaluation methods and Applied Pharmaceutical Marketing
 


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Pavel Vorobiev, MD, PhD is currently Chief of the Department of hematology and geriatrics in Moscow Medical Academy named I.M. Sechenov and Chief of the Department of Health Care Standardization in Health Care and Health Care Management Research Institute (at Moscow Medical Academy named I.M. Sechenov). Professor Vorobiev is also President of Russian Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (RSPOR). For more than 20 years he has been working in the area of pharmacoeconomics, reimbursement policy, standardization in health care, quality management in health care, licensing in health care etc. He and his team play an important role in establishing of standardization system in Russian health care (prepared over 40 normative documents), development of standards and protocols of care (at this moment over 500 standards and 30 protocols, approved by Russian Ministry of Health). Professor Vorobiev is one the first to bring ideas of pharmacoeconomics in Russia. This time, he builds a strong framework for dissemination of ideas of pharmacoeconomics in Russia (16 branches of RSPOR, 1 Conference and 1 Congress, the web-site, the journal and the paper). He is the author and co-author of 42 books (monographs, handbooks, guidelines, treatment protocols, dictionaries and encyclopedia) and 431 papers. The main scientific publication are: "Government Register of Medicines", seven editions of "Federal guideline for medicines use", "Big Russian Encyclopedia of Medicines", "Management of clinical trials of medicines", "Economic evaluation of the medicine effectiveness", "Basics of clinical pharmacology and rational drug use", "Rational use of antimicrobial drugs", "Clinico-economical analyses", two editions of "Handbook of Formulary Committee's Drugs". He has been elected or appointed to the several national boards and commissions: President of Russian Chapter of ISPOR - Russian Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research; Vice-chairman of Russian Academy of Medical Science's Formulary Committee; Chairman of Technical Committee for Standardization 466 "Medical Technologies"; Co-chair of Russian Academic Geriatric Society; Member of executive committee of Moscow Academic Therapeutic Society. He is the Editor-in-chief of "Clinical gerontology" journal; Deputy Editor of "Health care standardization problems" journal; Editor-in-chief of "Bulletin of Moscow Academic Therapeutic Society" paper. The Eroshevski Prize winner (for the development of geriatric pharmacology).
 


ISPOR International Fellowship Report

Pharmacist Anthony Waka Udezi was born November 12, 1969 in Ikpide, Delta State, Nigeria. He attended Igbudu Primary School in Warri (1974-1980) and Ikpide Grammar School (1980-1985). He studied pharmacy at the University of Benin, Nigeria. Popularly known as Tony Waka amongst his peers, he became the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmascope in 1991 and was subsequently elected as the President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) at the University of Benin in 1992. He co-founded the Anti-Drug Misuse and Abuse Programme (ADMAP) in 1991.Tony graduated with a B.Pharm degree in 1995 and M.Pharm in 2000. He joined May & Baker Nigeria Plc in 1997 as a Vaccine Representative and taught at the University of Uyo from 2002 to 2005 before returning to the University of Benin as a clinical pharmacy lecturer in 2005 where he now teaches Pharmacoeconomics to final year PharmD students.

 


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