Young researcher, Ph.D., Assistant professor within the Department of Preventive Medicine, “Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy from the Republic of Moldova. My research interest: health promotion, injury prevention, road injury, traumatic brain injury, global health, noncommunicable diseases, ethics and research methodology. Since 2017, involved in scientific research within 2 international projects funded by NIH- iCREATE (Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe) and INITIatE (International Collaboration to increase Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance in Europe). For the last 5 years, co-author in 43 research papers, 28 abstracts, and 25 oral communications at national and international events.

Project experience

The aim of my PhD studies was to identify and evaluate the risk factors of road injuries and elaborate preventive measurements among population of the Republic of Moldova. 

The iCREATE project offered me the valuable opportunity to acquire new research skills and methodologies, data analysis tools and advanced statistical methods thought my entire involvement period, which allow me focusing in depth on road injury prevention in Moldova. Due to iCREATE project, I was involved in 2 experiential learning projects, the results of which were at the basis of the material presented in my PhD.  As a result of my implication within the project, I became part of the department of preventive medicine team at the “Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Republic of Moldova, and I had the opportunity to continue research idea within the PhD studies. It also helped me to increase my researcher’s visibility within the academic community and beyond, get involved in conferences, workshops, or other research-related opportunities, further contributing to my professional development. I get the chance to collaborate with experts and scholars from different countries and institutions. Overall being part of the project, I am grateful to the entire implementation team for the valuable experiences, resources, and collaborations that ultimately contributed to my academic journey and successful completion of their PhD studies in road injury prevention.

The multidisciplinary approach in the collection, analysis and interpretation of the results included in my PhD thesis is current and presents elements of originality compared to other studies implemented so far in the Republic of Moldova. The scientific results obtained during the research were presented and discussed in the following:

  • The annual scientific conferences of the “Nicolae Testemițanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Chisinau (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022).
  •  The 3rd International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases “Health risk factors and prevention of injuries and diseases”. Chisinau, June 5-7, 2019.
  • The VIII Congress of specialists in the field of public health and health management with international participation. Chisinau, October 24-25, 2019.
  • The VII Bukovinian International Congress in Medicine and Pharmacology of students and young researchers (Bukovinian International Medical Congress, BIMCO 2020), online. Chernivtsi, Ukraine, April 7-8, 2020.
  • International Medical Congress for Students and Young Doctors, MedEspera 2020 (online). Chisinau, September 24-25, 2020.
  • National Conference with International participation “A safe environment – protected health”. Chisinau, November 12-13, 2020.
  • SAVIR 2021 Conference: Injury and Violence Prevention in a Changing World: From Local to Global (online). OH, USA, April 05 – 09, 2021.
  • Virtual Pre-conference Global Injury prevention Showcase. Innovation, Engagement, Action: For a safe future. SAFETY 2022, Adelaide, Australia, March 22-26, 2021
  • Annual Conference of the European Association of Centers of Medical Ethics (EACME): SMART ETHICS. TRENDS TO THE FUTURE. Cluj-Napoca, September 9-11, 2021.
  • The 4th International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases Injury and Violence Prevention – Global Perspectives (online). Tbilisi, June 21-22, 2021.
  • Trauma and Injury Network Meeting (online), Fogarty International Center/NIH. USA, August 16, 2021.
  • The 1st National Scientific Conference with international participation “One Health” approach in a changing world, 04-05 November 2021, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
  • SAVIR Conference: Injury prevention for the Ages: Advancing violence and injury research across the lifespan. USA, March 30-April 1, 2022.
  • EU-Safety 2022- Safety in a Digitized and Fast-Changing World. How Smart Will Injury Prevention Get? Vienna, June 23-24, 2022.
  • Doctoral Programs in Public Health and social sciences. Final Conference. Yerevan, September 12-16, 2022.
  • The national conference with international participation (hybrid format): “Current trends and challenges in preventive medicine” organized as part of the XXXVII edition of the Balkan Medical Week “Perspectives of Balkan Medicine in the post-COVID-19 era”. Chisinau, June 7-9, 2023.


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Increasing Capacity for Injury Research in Eastern Europe


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