Marc Twagirimukiza

Speaker: Optimizing pandemic preparedness and response to health threats and emerging pandemics through Data Sciences and Innovations
Marc Twagirumukiza is a medical doctor, academician, researcher in public health, health informatics and data sciences, pharmaceutical industry consultant and professor of Medicine at Ghent University (Belgium). He holds a PhD in Medicine (Cardiovascular, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics) from Ghent University (Belgium). He is also currently serving as honorary professor at University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health sciences.

His research focus mainly on innovation in health, digital health, data sciences and drug development. He is the project promoter of various innovative project in health in Rwanda including the “LAISDAR Project” (Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Techniques in Harmonizing, Accessing and Analysing SARS-COV-2/COVID-19 Data in Rwanda)” which aims to create a scalable framework for gathering, harmonizing, and accessing available SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 data in Rwanda, with a common interface for data querying, analysis and reporting using artificial intelligence. Marc Twagirumukiza is also a promoter of 2 other projects known as “Smart Healthcare Delivery Project” (project on digitalizing the hospital patient trajectory and secondary use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in Rwanda) and “HeartCare@Home Project” (Novel, scalable, eHealth technology for the control and management of elevated Blood Pressure in Rwanda).

His secondary research focus is cardiovascular disease in general and high blood pressure (HBP) in particular in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) settings. Marc Twagirumukiza is involved in the “Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) Hypertension Task Force” and is the secretary of “African Society of hypertension initiative”. He has been active in the implementation activities of the UN high level meeting resolution on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and World Health Assembly decisions addressing NCDs regarding the 25% reduction in NCD death by 2025 (“25 x 25”). Finally, Marc Twagirumukiza is on internationalisation committee of Ghent university (Belgium) and has received various research grants. He authored various papers in international peer review journals and is serving as reviewer for renown journals including Lancet Public Health, Global health Journal, PLOS family, BMJ, Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health (also former Deputy-Chief-Editor) and others.
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