Izuchukwu Frank OBI, MBBS, MPH, FWACP
Assistant Director for Clinical Research
I am a Community (Public) Health Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and advanced Field Epidemiology graduate of the Nigeria-FETP (US CDC certified) with over 10 years’ experience in public health research, practice and leadership. I have strong competencies in the planning and implementation of clinical and community based research, advanced epidemiologic and statistical methods, economic evaluation, research ethics, grants management, training coordination and multiple stakeholder engagement. I currently work as the assistant director of clinical research at the Center for Translation and Implementation Research (CTAIR) UNN
where I provide technical and strategic direction to the research project team and ensure that all research grants are implemented per protocol. I have over ten publications (three on HIV prevention, care and treatment) in peer reviewed journals and also review manuscripts for Malaria Journal, BMC. As a field epidemiology resident, I received peer-reviewed research funding (TEPHINET NCD small grant) as PI for a study on the occurrence of external structural birth defects in Enugu State. During the implementation of this grant, I was mentored on grants management and reporting by two subject matter experts from the taskforce for Global Health Atlanta. I presented the study findings at the 7th AFENET scientific conference in Maputo, Mozambique. For my public health fellowship dissertation, I conceptualized, designed and implemented a three-arm randomised controlled trial on the effect of SMS and sticker reminders on timely immunisation uptake among infants of clinic attendees in Enugu metropolis.