The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is pleased to announce that Ifeanyi Franklin Ike "Frank" has joined the ISID team this month as our Senior Database Administrator. Frank is currently based in Africa and brings a wealth of data systems experience to ISID.
Frank is a database administrator and health informatician with vast experience in the development of data collection platforms and database management systems to support mobile and web-based applications design. Frank holds a B.Sc degree in Geography from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu State, Nigeria and an M.Sc degree in Remote Sensing and GIS with specialization in Health Informatics from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Before joining the ISID team in 2022, he worked as a Senior Coordinator in Technical GIS at eHealth Systems Africa and seconded to the Nigerian CDC. He supported the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre at the NCDC as well as other projects across other government agencies such as the Nigeria mapping of Case Management Neglected Topical Diseases.
Frank serves as the point person for database administration within the larger information technology and informatics strategic plan of the ISID. He will work throughout all facets of ISID, including, but not limited to, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED).
ProMED is the largest publicly available system conducting global reporting of infectious disease outbreaks. It is used daily by international public health leaders, government officials at all levels, physicians, veterinarians and other healthcare workers, researchers, private companies, journalists, and general public. Reports are produced and commentary is provided by a multidisciplinary global team of subject matter expert (SME) moderators in a variety of fields including virology, parasitology, epidemiology, entomology, veterinary, and plant diseases.
ISID’s CEO, Linda MacKinnon says, “We are so excited to welcome Frank as a full-time ISID staff member. His experience in database management and passion for epidemic systems and surveillance will be a valuable addition to the Society’s global reach. We are thrilled to welcome Frank and expand our global technical team!”