ISARIC's Coordinating Centre includes five team members. We are based at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health in Oxford University's NDM Research Building in Headington, Oxford - though Gail Carson sits at the Farr Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The Coordinating Centre coordinates ISARIC's day-to-day activities and supports the activities of the Executive Committee, Working Groups, and their project teams by maintaining communications and accurate recordings of meetings, contributing to the development of funding proposals, and by providing assistance with Consortium-wide data sharing. The Coordinating Centre is also responsible for all internal and external communications activities related to ISARIC, and, depending on the nature of the projects, we may also be involved in the implementation of study protocols and other research activities.
The Coordinating Centre is the first point of contact for any matters related to ISARIC, please feel free to contact any of us with questions.
|Dr Gail Carson||Clinical Lead||Contact Gail|
|Dr Carson is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases with over a decade of experience in outbreak response and research at local, national and international levels including SARS, H5N1, H7N9, Hantavirus, anthrax in drug users, pandemic influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola, CCHF and Marburg. She has played a key role in setting up and coordinating a number of national and international networks; the WHO SARS Clinical network, the HPA ICU Pandemic Flu Network, and ISARIC. Prior to taking up the ISARIC post, Dr Carson spent five years at HPA Porton in the Department of Rare and Imported Pathogens, where she led a project based in intensive care units during the 2009 influenza pandemic. Her aim is to bring clinicians, laboratory researchers, and public health professionals closer together to improve population and patient health by providing high quality research evidence to inform decision-making by both clinical and public health professionals.|
|Dr Kajsa-Stina Longuere||Programme Manager||Contact Kajsa|
|Kajsa-Stina Longuere is ISARIC’s Programme Manager. She is, alongside Gail Carson, responsible for the day-to-day running of ISARIC, and offers the project management support necessary to ensure timely completion of the Consortium’s core activities, maintaining external and internal communications, and managing ISARIC’s financial responsibilities. Amongst other projects, Kajsa has most recently project managed a pan-European FP7-funded science communications network offering communications training to scientists and researchers from all corners of the continent and beyond (ESConeT). She has also taught science communication, ethics, and policy courses at University College London, where she completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, focusing particularly on science policy, the sociology of science, and science communication. Kajsa has also worked within international development, and is particularly interested in the development of research capacity and knowledge-transfer in LMICs and global access. Kajsa is a certified (MSP) Programme Manager and has worked within project and programme management for several years. She is a Teaching Fellow for the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, where she teaches Communication modules.|
|Dr Raul Pardinaz-Solis||Clinical Research Support Coordinator||Contact Raul|
|Raúl has substantial experience of international development, education and global health, working in a diverse range of institutions in higher education, NGOs and government. This experience was acquired working in several countries: Mexico, USA, Europe, and Sub-Sahara Africa. As Clinical Research Support Coordinator for ISARIC, Raúl works with ISARIC networks in several research activities on Zika and SARI, such as development of protocols, case report forms and other research tools, and implementing an international observational study. He coordinated clinical trials on Ebola therapeutics (RAPIDE) in Liberia and Sierra Leone with the Oxford research team. He is a visiting lecturer in global health and development for the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He coordinated CRASH-3 trial in Latin America and Spain at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For several years he led a number of initiatives on health and development at an international British NGO, set up global health courses for medical students in the UK and Ireland, and established a short term medical electives programme with Mozambique and India. Before moving to Britain, Raúl was Deputy Director of Education at Cuauhtemoc City Council in Mexico City. With a PhD on International Policy and Management in Education from the University of Birmingham (UK), Raúl lectured at the University of the Americas and the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico City.|
|Ms Sarah Moore||Administrator/Project Officer||Contact Sarah|
|Sarah Moore is ISARIC’s administrative lead and Project Officer. She provides programme assurance, finance, communications and administration skills to support the day to day running of the Coordinating Centre. Sarah has a background in the not for profit sector and working with global network collaborations. Her experience includes project management, grants management, finance and communications. Sarah has achieved the PRINCE2® Practitioner certificate in project management and has over 10 years’ experience of running projects. Her interests include encouraging engagement of both institutions and individuals from LMICs to benefit from networking and sharing of knowledge.
|Mr Giuseppe Paparella||Communications and Operational Support Officer||Contact Giuseppe|
|Giuseppe Paparella is the ISARIC’s Communications and Operational Support Officer. He has extensive experience in health policy, communications, and international affairs. Prior to joining ISARIC, Giuseppe was the policy officer of Picker Institute, an R&D organisation committed to driving patient-centred care across health and social care systems worldwide. During his post, he has delivered a number of high-quality, evidence-based, and impactful policy briefings, engaged with leading media outlets nationally and internationally, managed and maintained internal and external communications, and represented the Institute at national and international conferences. With a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, before to move back to Britain he has worked as a Marketing and Economics teacher, an International Politics lecturer at University of Bari, and as a communications consultant for a range of local businesses in Italy.
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