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Kennedy S.Naviava Otwombe

University of the Witwatersrand

Country: South Africa

Institution: University of the Witwatersrand

Area of Research: Use of frailty modeling with arbitrary censoring in determining predictors of mortality for a hospitalized HIV positive population in South Africa


I work as a biostatistician at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), Chris Hani Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand. My duties involve conceptualisation of research studies, designing of studies, statistical analysis of trials including interim reporting and manuscript writing. Additionally, I prepare data safety and monitoring board trial reports; I sit on three international data safety and monitoring board committees as a biostatistician and I analyse and prepare clinical trial study reports for drug registration. As a joint appointee of the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand as a senior lecturer, I teach and supervise postgraduate students studying biostatistics. Other duties include involvement in the writing of grants and mentoring early career researchers at PHRU in writing their first author academic publications.