This page features members of the Global Pharmacovigilance network and their stories about how they came to work or have an interest in Pharmacovigilance.

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Frider Chimimba

Establishing Malawi's Pharmacovigilance Centre 

Frider is a pharmacist and lecturer at the Pharmacy Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi. During her career she has held a range of positions, including Pharmacist Manager at a national pharmaceutical company, and has also opened her own pharmacy outlets. More recently, she has played an important part in the establishment of the Malawi National Pharmacovigilance Centre

Max Schurer

My Pharmacovigilance Journey as an Industrial Engineering PhD Student

After studying molecular biology and biotechnology Max undertook his pharmacovigilance-focusesd PhD at the Deparment of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Max's research focused on the interoperability of spontaneous reporting systems (SRSs) in pharmacovigilance, specifically guiding SRSs towards interoperability through the introduction of a capability maturity model.




Ernest Dela Dzidzornu

My Journey to Becoming a QPPV in Ghana

Ernest works in the Department of Pharmacovigilance and Regulatory Affairs as a Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) at Salom Pharmacy Limited, Kumasi, Ghana.  In this article, Ernest describes his journey to becoming a QPPV, his roles and responsibilties, and provides his thoughts on the current challenges facing pharmacovigilance in Ghana. One of Ernest's many interests is finding ways to boost the spontaneous ADR reporting rates in Ghana. 

Biancé Huysamen

My Pharmacovigilance Journey:
A Masters Student's Perspective

Biancé undertook her pharmacovigialnce-focused Masters degree at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Biancé's research examined how niche environmental factors affect drug safety monitoring systems and led to the development of a conceptual framework for a 'Niche PV System' that can take the unique needs of these factors into account.


Walter-Rodney Nagumo

Undertaking a PhD in Pharmacovigilance

After completing a bachelor's degree in biology and then a Masters of Science in Clinical Trials at the University of Ghana, Rodney began his PhD at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffiled, UK. Rodney's research aimed to understand pharmacovigilance and ADR reporting practices among healthcare professionals in Ghana. Rodney has also written on social media as a pharmacovigilance tool in Africa.

Cheryl Pace

My Career as a Pharmacovigilance Pharmacist
Cheryl is a Pharmacovigilance Pharmacist at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Cheryl has a background in hospital pharmacy inlcuidng two years spent practicing in Uganda. During her time at LSTM she has helped co-ordinate the safety activities of various studies within two antimalarial Consortia (the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium and the ACT Consortium) and consequently worked on a number of other malaria and non-malaria studies.




Elizabeth Allen

My Journey to a Pharmacovigilance PhD

Liz is Head of Clinical Research at the Collaborating Centre for Optimising Antimalarial Therapy (CCOAT), University of Cape Town. She began her PhD in pharmacovigilance after working as a community pharmacist, and in clinical trials. Liz has a research interest in the assessment of drug safety in clinical trials and also coordinates

Paul Cross

My Pharmacovigilance PhD Journey 

Paul is the GCP Quality Assurance Manager at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He first considered a PhD in Pharmacovigilance whilst completeing his MSc in Clinical Research. Paul has a research interest in patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) and pharmacovigilance in clinical trials.


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