Dr. Ongubo is a Health Specialist with experience in biomedical, social and behavioral health research and monitoring and evaluation of clinical research studies and public health programs. He has an M.D. degree in Medicine and Surgery, and a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Along with his educational qualifications, Dr. Ongubo was awarded a Fogarty International Center (FIC/NIH) research training grant in 2014-2015 to conduct a pharmacovigilance study for antiretroviral drugs. He is an effective communicator and research physician who has peer-reviewed publications and has presented at an international conference on infectious diseases.
He serves as BSR’s Clinical Research Coordinator and is responsible for working with Principal Investigators whose applications are classified as clinical trials (CTs) to ensure that all requirements are correctly met. He also reviews Data and Safety Monitoring Plans (DSMPs) for each CT application to ensure it appropriately addresses all required data and safety monitoring issues consistent with NIA and NIH policies and he also established systems for tracking recurring requirements and monitoring program and research progress in CTs in accordance with DBSR priorities and initiatives. Additionally, he assists Program Staff with preparing CT funding lists for all council rounds according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) funding line policy for each fiscal year. His strong quantitative and analytical skills are utilized when updating the annual status of recruitment/enrollment in the NIH Human Subjects Reporting System, tracking recruitment, and creating and communicating plans and templates related to these processes.