Felix Emeka Anyiam is a trained Health Researcher and Biostatistician. He is presently employed as the Research Officer and Data Analyst/Scientist for the Centre for Health and Development (CHD), University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a Centre that evolved from nearly ten years of collaboration between faculty members from the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. The aim of the CHD is to develop human and organizational capacity for health-related research and quality health care provision in the region, built on sustainable local structure, and international collaborations.
He also teaches the practical demonstration aspects of research methods and medical statistics to Final Year Medical Students and the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Students at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt. Felix has been responsible for the smooth running of the University’s Research Centre, where he coordinates Operational Research (OR), Projects and Trainings, including facilitating several research ethics applications and assisting in financial management of the Centre’s funding decisions.
He was a recipient of two Research and Data Science training awards: The Brown University, USA and the Moi-Brown Partnership for HIV Biostatistics Training on Advanced Biostatistical Methods in Eldoret, Kenya from 19 June-22 June 2017 and The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy from 10 July 2017 to 21 July 2017.
He is also a visiting faculty at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India where he co-lectures in the Summer Winter School on Urban Data Science.
He is a strong supporter for the African Open Science Platform Project, and hope to fly the flag high-up in ensuring Nigerian researchers, and most especially at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, embrace Open science and Open data towards effective dissemination and reproducibility of research for the good of all. He hopes to pioneer a community of researchers that embrace the concept of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) research in his community.
He has also worked for the Environmental and Human Health Research Association (ENVHRA) in the capacities of Data/Research Officer, Statistician, and Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) Officer.
Before this, he has been a youth volunteer and researcher for Youth PRO-FILE, a University-led, community-based youth organization in Port Harcourt that uses research, creative methods and materials to give young people information on their health, especially lessons on Family Life Education, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections. He has assisted in the co-ordination of HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns/outreaches; supported youths through in-house trainings; assisted in the coordination of Family Life and Reproductive Health Education and also life skills training for Female Sex Workers (FSWs). He has also been involved in providing counseling and advice to young people on eating habits, growing up, relationships, contraceptives, future career and education.
He has also been involved in the capacity of a Biostatistician, a Reproductive Health (RH) tutor, HIV/AIDS tutor for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). He has also been involved in the development of Monitoring and Evaluation instrument, Training and Facilitation at workshops. He has worked in several capacities for organizations and agencies such as University of Toronto Canada, University of Ottawa Canada, FHI, USAID, MacArthur Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Anatomy from the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt Nigeria and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (PDip.PH) at the People’s Open Access Educational Initiative, Manchester UK, where he is also completing his MPH, while pursuing a Master’s degree program in data science and financial engineering at the WorldQuant University, United States with several other certifications in Statistics and Data Management. He is experienced in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health programs, Non-communicable diseases, Diabetes Mellitus, HIV/AIDS and STDs programs. He is also experienced in research methods/activities, conducting surveys/assessment, data management and data statistical analysis.
He is a member of DataKind and Statistics Without Borders (SWB), both international not-for-profit health initiatives that provide assistance for people and organizations on statistical issues and problems voluntarily.
Presently, he is the Research officer and Data Analyst of a 3-year funded multi-country (Canada, USA and Nigeria) participatory research on “Infant Feeding among Black Women Living with HIV: A Community-Based Participatory Research.