Researcher

Dr Juliana de Oliveira Costa

Fields of Research (FoR)

Public Health and Health Services

Biography

Juliana Costa is a Research Fellow in the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She is a pharmacoepidemiologist with over six years’ experience working with large administrative data and electronic health records to improve the use of medicines in populations.

Juliana is a pharmacist by training with a background in public health and health technology assessment. She is interested in developing...view more

Juliana Costa is a Research Fellow in the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She is a pharmacoepidemiologist with over six years’ experience working with large administrative data and electronic health records to improve the use of medicines in populations.

Juliana is a pharmacist by training with a background in public health and health technology assessment. She is interested in developing studies in the real-world setting, and some of her current and past projects include: examining trajectories of adherence to HIV regimens; investigating the definitions of long-term opioid use; cataloguing pharmacoepidemiological research using dispensing claims data in Australia; performing comparative effectiveness studies between first-line regimens for HIV treatment; evaluating costs and benefits of HIV treatment, immunosuppressants for kidney transplantation, antipsychotics, and biological medicines for rheumatic diseases in the Brazilian context.  

 


My Qualifications

PhD (Public Health) - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2019

MPH - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2014

BPharm (Pharmacy) - Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2009


My Awards

2020, Best Paper by a PhD Candidate (Highly Commended) -  Health Services Research Association of Australian and New Zealand 

2020, Best PhD thesis - Postgraduate Program in Public Health, UFMG 

2020, AIDS 2020: Virtual Scholarship Programme - International AIDS Society 

2019, Spotlight Poster Winner - 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management

2018, Endeavour Research Fellowship - Department of Education and Training, Australian Government

2018, Visiting Student Scholarship - CAPES Foundation


My Research Activities

My research has contributed substantially to improve the quality use of medicines and to inform policymaking. The quality of my work is recognised by publication in top quartile journals, presentations at international conferences, awards, scholarships, and co-supervision of an HDR student and over 300 citations.  I work collaboratively and contributed to creating new collaborations hubs across UNSW research centres, including the Kirby Institute and the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

My area of specialty is pharmacoepidemiology and health technology assessment especially focused on medicines. I am interested in how medicines are used in populations and the consequences of their use in the real-world context – not just in clinical trials. I investigate the use and outcomes of medicines using mostly large administrative data and electronic health records, which are data routinely collected in our daily interactions with the health care system. My research helps to improve the quality use of medicines, providing the evidence needed to influence clinical guidelines and pharmaceutical policy.


Currently supervising

  1. Stella Lau (MSc HDS): "Use of comedications and potential drug to drug interactions among people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy in Australia"
  2. Kennedy Crepalde Ribeiro (PhD): "Use of antiretrovirals for HIV prevention and treatment in Brazil: retrospective cohorts on the use of post-exposure prophylaxis, pre-exposure prophylaxis and antiretroviral treatment between 2011-2019"

My Engagement

Membership

  • Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (2020 to date)
  • International AIDS Society (2020 to date)
  • ISPOR Student and ECR Chapter (2018 to date)
  • Health Economics Research Network – UNSW (2018 to date)
  • Brazilian Association of Public Health [Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva – ABRASCO] – (2017 to date)

Peer review of manuscripts

  • Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research (Jan 2020 to date) 
  • Patient Related Outcomes Measures (Dec 2019 to date) 
  • Applied Research in Quality of Life (Oct 2019 to date) 
  • Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica (Oct 2019 to date) 
  • Frontiers in Public Health (Jun 2019 to date) 
  • Revista de Saúde Pública (Apr 2019 to date) 
  • International Journal of STD and AIDS (Mar 2019 to date) 
  • European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Jul 2018 to date) 
  • Ciência & Saúde Coletiva (Oct 2016 to date) 

Organising committee member

  • CBDRH Research meetings (2020 to date)

Collaboration with external partners

  • NPS MedicineWise
  • International researchers from Brazil (UFMG), Scotland (University of Strathclyde) and Canada (McGill University)

My Teaching

My teaching interests combine the areas of pharmacoepidemiology, public health and health economics to provide the population with medicines and other health interventions that are effective, safe and affordable. I am a tutor on the Context of Health Data Science course and previously taught Pharmacoepidemiology, Community Pharmacy and Professional Practice.

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