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Inka joined Pfizer in November 2008 as a Clinical Operations Lead. Her tasks included the project management of clinical trials, i.e. planning, coordinating and carrying out clinical studies for multiple disease states, as well as submissions to Ethics Committees and authorities and the coordination of clinical studies. In 2012 Inka's role changed to Compliance Oversight Lead where she is responsible for the oversight of the Clinical Research Organization ensuring that clinical trials are executed to the highest standards, according to local regulations, and are carried out as competently as possible. Inka's responsibilities include facilitating communication between the Clinical Research Organization and local business units with the goals of sharing both lessons learned and expectations.
Inka will be working as a Fellow with the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). From 2012-2013, Global Health Fellows will work with the IDI research team in Uganda to assess and strengthen their capacity to run Phase I-IV clinical trials following global standards. They will assist on all aspects of managing trials including developing operating procedures, implementing data and quality measures, and training staff. Fellows' work will contribute to IDI's goal of being the premier service provider for patients with infectious diseases.
From her GHF deployment Inka expects to gain experience and skills that will help her to work more effectively with partners. She wants to learn more about ways to improve health care in developing countries and to raise the bar on clinical research standards. Inka expects to complete her Fellowship with a better understanding of the challenges to global health and of the needs of patients around the world. She also believes she will have acquired more training skills and a specific understanding of the challenges to research environments in Kampala.
Accordia Global Health Foundation is working to overcome the burden of infectious diseases by building health care capacity and strengthening academic medical institutions in Africa. Accordia does this through establishing Centers of Excellence for advancing and promoting the highest quality standards of infectious disease care through original research and health care workforce training. The Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda is Accordia's flagship program. Created via public-private partnership and multi-institutional collaboration, IDI serves as a model for sustainable, locally-owned, regional centers of excellence. IDI offers high quality training for health workers; research on best practices related to HIV in low resource settings; and advanced clinical services that support the development of new models of care.