My formal education has been in economics and biomedical informatics. I have worked in academia and for international health organizations as a project manager and data analyst - in public health information systems, infectious disease surveillance, epidemiological, clinical and operations/implementation research. I have over 14 years experience in teaching and capacity development in research project management and data management/analysis. I like interdisciplinary and dynamic projects, and strive to work with creative and professional individuals. I maintain professional development through PMP and CCDM certifications, and PhD studies in International Health (expected in 2016). Specialties: health information and knowledge management, data analysis, project and programme management, business analysis, bioinformatics and public health informatics, user support and training for health IT systems
Unit Lead, Monitoring, surveillance systems and databases
Since February 2015
Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation; WHO Regional Office for Europe Responsible and accountable for the overall coordination and implementation of activities involving DIR health informatics and data management to support WHO Europe health information research, evaluation and dissemination. Objectives: To identify and conceptualize priority areas and directions of WHO EURO health informatics activities, manage the MSD Health Informatics team, to provide managerial and technical guidance to the Director of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation (DIR) of the WHO Regional Office for Europe for strengthening health information systems. To play a key leading role in the design, development and implementation of the WHO Europe integrated health information platform and provides support to the development of a joint health information strategy for Europe.
Technical Officer for Health Data Management
June 2014 --- January 2015
Development, maintenance and management of information systems to further Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme goals and objectives in the WHO European geographical area. Facilitating the management and presentation of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme (VPI) data activities, and supporting Member States in meeting data reporting expectations. Working with other VPI technical officers on data management, analysis, presentation and dissemination, interpretation and report writing, including serving as a focal point on data related issues and correspondence with Member States and partner organizations.
July 2012 --- June 2014
Consultant in areas of information management in public health, clinical data management, and clinical study management. Development and evaluation of solutions for public health and clinical research needs. Introduction of data management solutions and technologies into clinical study set up. Delivery of trainings to data management staff and to clinical staff, specifically focusing on clinical research capacity building in low-resource countries. Projects based in Mozambique, South Africa, Argentina, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Consulting on Open Clinica administration, study design, and conduct.
Lead Data Manager
August 2012 --- October 2013
Department of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich Manager of clinical data management system (Open Clinica), setting data management standards and leading execution of data management in studies organized by the department. Trainer in clinical data management and trial management for multicenter clinical trials in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Projects based in Mozambique, South Africa, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Tanzania.
January 2011 --- July 2012
Data management for global clinical research trials and analysis; collaboration with Clinical Trial Manager and statisticians on reporting the results of research studies; planning and organization of the data management/progress reporting procedures for the multicentre research projects; study site monitoring; data management training organization/teaching; promotion of institution-strengthening activities in the area of data management and compliance with Good Clinical Practice. Development of a departmental extranet for collaboration with research teams participating in WHO clinical research studies.
Expert in Molecular Surveillance of Communicable Disease
December 2009 --- December 2010
Developing molecular surveillance at ECDC, in close collaboration with the relevant networks and the EU Member States. Coordinating preparation and implementation of a detailed project plan for extending capacity at ECDC to further integrate molecular typing data into their national and EU wide surveillance; needs assessment for strengthening the molecular surveillance capacity in EU member states.
Operations and Data Manager
July 2007 --- November 2009
The European Surveillance System (TESSy) Operations manager. Responsible for operation of the system and network for communicable disease surveillance in the European area, encompassing data management & analysis, collaboration in development of surveillance reports for notifiable diseases in the EU, surveillance system user support, user trainings, metadata management, standard setting for metadata and data management & analysis, operation of networks of expert contacts, supervision of production environments of the system.
January 2006 --- June 2007
Proteomics and Informatics Core Facility, Chicago Biomedical Consortium. Supporting the startup of the new research facility operation. Supporting operation of the research facility (billing and workflows), running user and customer support, analysis of proteomics data.
Research Assistant (I and II)
August 2000 --- January 2006
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Floating research assistant working on bioinformatic projects with labs in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Also general grantwriting and grant administrative support to the faculty. Editorial assistant for Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology (Buddy Ullman, editor). Research assistant in the lab of Svetlana Lutsenko - now at JHU (http://www.jhu.edu/lutsenkolab/) Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17205981 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15501825
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Research (International Health) from University of Munich in 2015
MS in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in 2005
non-degree studies in MPA in Master of Public Administration, nonprofit management from Portland State University in 2003
BA in Economics from Reed College in 2000
not completed, BS in International Business and Marketing from Univerza v Mariboru in 1998
in from Druga Gimnazija Maribor in 1994
Training and Certification
CCDM - Certified Clinical Data Manager Certification
Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials Certification
PMP - Project Management Professional Certification
Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practices Certification