PhD (Public Health) - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2019
MPH (Master by Research) - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2014
BPharm (Pharmacy) - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2009
I am an emerging leader in pharmacoepidemiology interested in how medicines are used in populations, the consequences of their use and if medicines are affordable and value for money. I investigate the use and outcomes of medicines mainly using routinely collected large, such as administrative data and electronic health records. My vision is to use these data to improve medicine use in populations for increasing the quality of life of people living with physical and mental health conditions. I am a pharmacist by training with a background in public health and health technology assessment. I have a strong focus on HIV, cardiometabolic and mental health medicines for treatment and prevention of health events.
I currently work in the Medicines Intelligence (MedIntel) Research Program at the School of Population Health. My research investigates the patterns of use of medicines in the population, including measuring the uptake of medicines, adherence of patients to therapy, prescriber’s behaviour, inappropriate and wasteful use of medicines. Previously, I have led and contributed to projects assessing a range of other medicine classes, and, more broadly, projects evaluating other health technologies such as vaccines and medical procedures. My research provides evidence needed to influence clinical guidelines and pharmaceutical policy. I am also dedicated to developing service-oriented research in partnership with non-academic institutions, policymakers, and clinicians. I am an enthusiastic leader of initiatives for capacity building, and I supervise doctoral and masters’ candidates while also contributing to UNSW and the broader academic community.
Heart Foundation 2022 45 & Up Grant (ID:107048; $70.000) “Novel antidiabetic medicines in NSW adults with Type II Diabetes: disparities in the uptake, guideline adherence and treatment persistence” (CIA)
NHMRC Partnership Project (ID:2007402; $1,216,847) “Identifying the predictors and consequences of disparities in the uptake of HIV prevention and treatment programs in Australia: a national data linkage study” (Associate Investigator)
2022, Yong Investigator Prize - School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney
2022, Lenita Wannmacher National Award for Promoting the Quality Use of Medicines (Master by Research Category) - Brazilian Ministry of Health
2020, Best Paper by a PhD Candidate (Highly Commended) - Health Services Research Association of Australian and New Zealand
2020, Best PhD thesis - Postgraduate Program in Public Health, UFMG
2020, AIDS 2020: Virtual Scholarship Programme - International AIDS Society
2019, Spotlight Poster Winner - 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management
2018, Endeavour Research Fellowship - Department of Education and Training, Australian Government
2018, Visiting Student Scholarship - CAPES Foundation
My research has contributed substantially to improve the quality use of medicines and to inform policymaking. The quality of my work is recognised by publication in top quartile journals, presentations at international conferences, awards, scholarships, and co-supervision of an HDR student and over 300 citations. I work collaboratively and contributed to creating new collaborations hubs across UNSW research centres, including the Kirby Institute and the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity.
Peer review of manuscripts (See Publons for further details)
Organising committee co-leader
Collaboration with external partners
My Research Supervision
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My teaching interests combine the areas of pharmacoepidemiology, public health and health economics to provide the population with medicines and other health interventions that are effective, safe and affordable.
I previously taught in HDAT9100 - Context of Health Data Science (Chapter instructor, 2020 - 2022), and taught Pharmacoepidemiology, Community Pharmacy and Professional Practice (UFMG).