Dr. Leilani Francisco is the Director of the Data Coordinating and Analysis Center (DCAC) and currently provides oversight to 21 staff on close to 50 clinical research protocols. DCAC is an in-house centralized resource for clinical data management, biostatistical analysis, reporting, and training that supports most of the clinical trials and scientific research studies conducted by MHRP and EIDB. She also oversees the development of the MHRP/EIDB/HJF Big Data Warehouse and MHRP/EIDB/HJF safety monitoring committee activities.
Dr. Francisco received her doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University department of international health and is also certified in program evaluation and project management (PMP). She has over 25 years of experience in the field of public health research and evaluation with close to 15 years focused on emerging infectious diseases in international settings. Prior to joining MHRP, while at EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Francisco served as the Global Director for Behavioral Risk Surveillance supporting 28 countries, and as the Partner Lead for Ecological and Biological Human Surveillance supporting 11 countries on USAID PREDICT, the largest study aimed at preventing the spread of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases around the globe. While at Booz Allen Hamilton, she managed a portfolio of global health contracts valued at over $20 million. Over the course of her career, she has coupled her scientific experience with extensive management expertise to inform sustainable evidence-based decision-making and to improve population health.