Moussa started his fellowship at EVI on 4th January 2018. A native of Mali, Moussa received a Medical Doctorate in July 2009, from the University of Sciences Techniques and Technologies of Bamako/Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry including training in Good Clinical Practice, introduction of clinical research, clinic research ethics aspects and site coordinator. Subsequently, he started working at the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) as clinical investigator in a Malaria in Pregnancy consortium project funded by the European and Developing Countries’ Clinical Trials Partnership.
In May 2011, he moved to the National Institute of Health (NIH)/Laboratory of Immunogenetics (LIG) program- in collaboration with MRTC, where he had been assigned a field coordinator position, for the study “A longitudinal Systems Biological Analysis of Naturally Acquired Malaria Immunity in Kalifabougou, Mali. All of his above clinical research activities aimed to improve malaria management and control in Mali. After completion of his EDCTP/TDR Clinical Research and Development fellowship at EVI, Moussa returned to MRTC as Clinical Investigator, where he is coordinating a malaria vaccine clinical research project.
“The fellowship at EVI has been an excellent experience in hands-on training, networking and working in multicultural settings. The training gave me an important knowledge in product development including pre-clinical and early clinical phases’ studies. My daily activities including interaction with different project partners (sponsors, funders, clinical trial teams and ethics committees) provided me in-depth understanding of clinical development questions and project life cycle management. The training program at EVI allowed me to get additional lab training at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Parasitology (Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany).
The practical competencies from the “hands-on training” will improve my daily clinical research work and reinforce the capacity building at my home institution.
All my gratitude goes to EVI’s staff for their commitment to my training and for supporting my strong professional and personal experiences. Thanks to WHO/TDR for giving me this training opportunity.
As part of my re-entry, I am implementing a clinical research project management strategy including the development of general data protection policy, to improve ethics aspect of clinical studies at MRTC.”