- Research Fellow
Job Calis is a pediatric intensivist attached to the Amsterdam UMC and KUHeS, Blantyre Malawi. Besides his clinical appointment, he is a researcher at AIGHD and the Amsterdam Center for Global Child Health. His research predominantly concerns several topics affecting the care of critically ill children in low resource settings and modern techniques to reduce morbidity and mortality. His most recent success was securing a large EU grant (3.4 million euro) as the PI on the IMPALA project. With this project, he aims to reduce preventable deaths in children admitted to hospitals in low-middle-income countries. This project, performed by 7 international institutes, is aimed at developing an innovative vital signs monitor to timely identify deterioration of critically ill children. The monitor applies several innovative techniques including new sensors, artificial intelligence, and robust and simple hard and software solutions. Through this, he aims to provide opportunities for doctors, nurses, technicians, and researchers in Malawi to grow and become research leaders.
During his career, he worked in Malawi for three other long periods in several hospitals. In 2017-2019 he helped to start the first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Malawi. He has been involved in several research projects in global child health in sub-Saharan Africa and other low-middle-income countries. He has also so far supported six PhD students and several other students towards successful projects.