Brains Nkhwazi is a Data Manager (informatician) with 17 years of experience in healthcare and clinical research informatics and managing clinical trial data. He is passionate about developing health solutions for resourced-constrained settings. He currently leads the day to day operations of the data management team and leads data science initiatives with the development and implementation of semantically driven interoperable ontologies along with clinical and data standards for multiple clinical trials. He specializes in developing integrated clinical solutions through electronic data capturing (EDC) systems, EHR interoperability including, the development and implementation of data collection tools, use of wearable devices in clinical studies, and AI/ Machine learning in clinical trials.
Brains is involved in several collaborative efforts with internal and external scientific groups for developing and determining the most effective and efficient technologies to implement for each unique clinical trial and collaborates across clinical study teams and external organizations for data sharing, management and implementation of exploratory data initiatives.
Before joining Training Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE), He served as IT Assistant analyst with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Malawi; Data Manager with International Lipid-based Nutrient and Supplement (iLiNS) Project, Data Manager with Lighthouse Trust (Malawi) and acting Director Computer Department, Malawi National Examinations Board.
Brains contributes to several research informatic initiatives and data management solutions through his membership with the Research Electronic Data Capturing (REDCap) Consortium, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level-7 (HL7), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and Malawi HIV Implementation Science (M-HIRST).
Brains holds MSc in informatics from University of Malawi, BSc (Hons) in Information Systems from Hertfordshire University, UK. He is the 2011 recipient of Masters Fellowship award from Southern Africa Consortium of Research and Excellency (SACORE); also 2011 recipient of PhD/MSc Fellowship award from Academy of Finland