ESR Researchers

MAIN EARLY STAGE RESEARCHER

MSc. Jovana Brkić

Jovana Brkić, MSc.

Jovana Brkić was born in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. She graduated at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade and afterwards she finished postgraduate training in Pharmaceutical Management and Marketing.  She started her PhD studies (program: Social Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice Research) also at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She had worked as an Associate at the Centre for Developing Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy. Now she is engaged as a main PhD researcher in FIP7 EUROAGEISM H2020 program on „Inappropriate prescribing and availability of medication safety and medication management services in older patients in Europe” (2017-2021) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, Czech Republic (supervisor: Fialová Daniela, PharmD, PhD, BCCP). The EUROAGEISM project is funded under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie program. The EU Consorcium of this project is chaired by prof. Ayalon and coordinating team from the Bar Iain University, Israel.

ESR PARTICIPANTS IN THE NETWORK

Aguiar

João Pedro Teixeira Aguiar, MSc.

João Pedro Aguiar holds a Master Degree in Pharmacy (2008-2013) and is currently enrolled at a PhD program in Pharmacoepidemiology and Social Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon (since 2017). His research focuses on cardiovascular risks of Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIMs) in older patients. Basically, this project intends to assess which medicines can be associated with Major Adverse Cardio and Cerebrovascular Events (MACCE) and to develop strategies how to decrease the use of those medicines in high-risk patients. His research interests include: (a) drug-related problems in the elderly, i.e. polypharmacy and PIMs as major public health issues; (b) antibiotics misuse; (c) development of new services in the community pharmacy setting; and (d) pharmacoepidemiological methodologies in assessing drug safety.

 
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Oznur Altiparmak, MSc.

Oznur Altiparmak graduated from the Anadolu University Faculty of Pharmacy, in Turkey and afterwards she started working as a researching assistant at Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Marmara University Institution of Health Sciences. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the same department with a thesis based on evaluation of drug related problems and dose adjustment in patients with chronic kidney disease. Her research interests include potentially inappropriate medication use and tools regarding with this area, medication wastage, medication literacy.

 
Apostoli

Pranvera Apostoli, MSc.

Pranvera Apostoli graduated from the department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Tirana in 2012. After passing successfully the state exam, she started to work as a community pharmacist. In 2014, in order to increase her knowledge in epidemiology, she went for a summer internship organized at the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences. After that, she came back to Albania and started to work as a Drug Regulatory Affairs at Profarma. Recently, she gained a role of Deputy RPPV in Profarma. She successfully attended several courses online from Coursera and Whitehall training. She published scientific publications and presentations related to rational treatment and risks of NSAIDS, antibiotics and antiepileptic drugs. She was selected as an ESR participant in the network of FIP7 program of the EuroAgeism H2020 project. Safety of drugs has been one of her favourite topics.

 
Bandari

Deepak Kumar Bandari, PharmD.

Dr. Bandari is a PhD student in Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Kralove, Charles University. He received his PharmD degree with distinction in 2015 from Kakatiya University, India. For his passion in Clinical Pharmacy he achieved award of Ideathon (Nobel Prize Series event in India in 2017, Department of Biotechnology); Pharmacy Practice contribution award (2017), Special Faculty Achievement award (2018) and Best reviewer award from Hutchison’s Clinical Methods (2014). He served as an Elsevier Student Ambassador and Mentor for South India (2014-16). His interests in Geriatrics and Evidence Based Medicine enabled him to become Early Stage Researcher participant in FIP7 programme of the EUROAGEISM Horizon 2020 project under Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network. He was also a collaborator in the EU COST Action IS1402 network. He is currently working on the new project aimed at describing main prescribing problems in rational geriatric pharmacotherapy in Indian hospitals associated with the EUROAGEISM project goals.

 
Bobrova

Veera Bobrova, MSc.

Veera Bobrova graduated as a MSc. in pharmacy in 2017 from the University of Tartu, Estonia and continues in her studies as a PhD student since September 2017 at the same university. Her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Multi-dose drug dispensing in optimizing the medication of older patients” is devoted to the identification of potentially inappropriate medication use in those older patients that have initiated medication multi-dose dispensing (MDD) service. For these patients, medication review before service enrollment and during MDD service is crucial and should be included in the MDD service provision. Currently, she is working as a pharmacist in the community pharmacy in Tartu.

 
Capiau

Andreas Capiau, MSc.

Andreas Capiau was born in 1992 in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated in 2015 as a pharmacist at the Ghent University, Faculty of Pharmacy. Afterwards, he obtained the Academic Degree of Masters in Hospital Pharmacy in 2018. His research interest are antimicrobial stewardship and rational pharmacotherapy. In 2018, he will start PhD studies at the Pharmaceutical Care Unit, Department of Bioanalysis at the Ghent University and will be connected as a hospital pharmacist to the Ghent University Hospital.

 
Grina

Donatas Grina, MSc.

Donatas Grina holds a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Kaunas University of Technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. His research focuses on investigation of inappropriate medication use in geriatric patients, as well as on interventions how to improve medication appropriateness and outcomes of pharmacotherapy in older people. His research interests include pharmacokinetics, drug safety and efficacy, polypharmacy and rational use of medications, geriatric clinical pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, evidence-based medicine.

 
MSc. Silvia Grešáková

Silvia Grešáková, MSc.

Silvia Grešáková obtained her master’s degree in pharmacy in 2016 at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She gained practice in patient care working as a community pharmacist. Currently, she is employed at the State Institute for Drug Control in Prague and she is a doctoral student at the Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové. Her research work has been focused on potentially inappropriate medications and potentially inappropriate prescribing in older patients since undergraduate studies.

 
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PharmDr. Zuzana Haramiová

PharmDr. Zuzana Haramiová- pharmacist by training with a passion for research, evidence-based pharmacy and patient-centered care- graduated in 2014 (MSc. in Pharmacy) and was awarded PharmD degree in Social Pharmacy in 2016. She gained several awards for her work in the field of Drug utilization, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics of cardiovascular drugs. She has 4 years of professional experience in Clinical Trial Coordination and 2 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Marketing. Since July 2016, she has developed, designed and successfully led the first registered Pharmaceutical Clinical Study in Slovak Republic. This clinical study is her dissertation project, which was intended to pave the way for Evidence Based Pharmacy in Slovakia. The study evaluated the potential of mHealth technologies in Pharmaceutical Care in improving medication adherence of older hypertensive patients. She authored the Clinical Study Protocol and was the main contributor. During the study conduct, she coordinated 24 pharmacies, with over 100 pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants to a successful study finalization.

 
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Ingrid Kummer, MPharm.

Ingrid Kummer MPharm, Univ. Mag. Phar. of Clinical Pharmacy, attained her Master´s degree in Pharmacy at Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She finished Postgraduate Specialist Study in Clinical Pharmacy at the same Faculty. Currently, she is working as a community pharmacist in City Pharmacies Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. She is a member of Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists and active member of the  Croatian Pharmaceutical Society, Executive Committee member of Section for Community Pharmacy. She is a mentor for trainees and students accredited by the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists. She cooperates with the Centre for Applied Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb on project „Development of Community Pharmacists´ Competencies“. Her professional and scientific interests are in the field of clinical pharmacy, development of pharmacists´ competencies and medication use safety, especially in the use of potentially inappropriate medication in older adults, improving pharmacy services in community pharmacy.

 
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PharmDr. Erik Puchoň

PharmDr. Erik Puchoň holds a Master and Doctoral degree in Pharmacy from the Comenius University in Bratislava. He continues in his studies at the Comenius University as a PhD student at the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in division of Clinical Pharmacy. His research interests include Geriatric Medicine and Toxicology. The topic of his dissertation thesis and his research include mainly pharmacotherapeutic risks caused by inappropriate medications in older patients. He focuses on inappropriate prescribing in geriatric patients in hospital and ambulatory care in Slovakia. PharmDr. Erik Puchoň successfully finished 3 months´ stay at Nova South-Eastern University, Florida, USA where he passed course Geriatric patient care management and followed patterns of inappropriate prescribing in older patients, according to Beers criteria 2015 in pharmacy at Nova South-Eastern University. Internationally, he cooperated with PharmDr. Kumar Bandari Deepak who was working on an EU COST ACTION study dealing with rational geriatric pharmacotherapy.

 
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Sofia Šesto, MSc.

Sofija Šesto was born in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. She graduated as a MSc in 2018 at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Pharmacy. She started her PhD studies in October 2018 (program: Social Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice Research, University of Belgrade - Faculty of Pharmacy). Her main research interests are: quality of life of older patients, social pharmacy, inappropriate medication use in elderly patients. The focus of her doctoral research is on inappropriate prescribing and use of medication in elderly as well as patients' attitudes/quality of life of patients related to ageism.

 
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Konstantin Tachkov, MSc.

Konstantin Tachkov holds a master degree in Pharmacy from the Medical University in Sofia. He is currently working at the Department of Social Pharmacy and Pharmacoeconomics at this university, with a scientific interest in modelling healthcare costs and outcomes. His current research focuses on the social and economic burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Since joining the Sofia’s Medical University in 2011 as a student, he has actively participated in student-led activities such as youth conferences and has attended courses on modelling, statistical manipulation of data and methodologies for collecting data. Konstantin has 10 publications in impact factor journals on the above-mentioned topics.

 

SENIOR ADVISOR

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Prof. Cristin Ryan, PharmD., Ph.D.

Cristín Ryan is Professor in Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She undertook her undergraduate pharmacy training at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, PhD degree at the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, and post-doctoral training at the Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Cristín worked as a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and as a senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, before joining TCD in October 2017. Cristín’s research interests are in the development of interventions to improve medication usage, with particular emphasis on prescribing and on patient adherence. She has published widely in these areas and supervised several research students and mentored several post-doctoral researchers.

 

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