As a Programme Officer for the International COVID-19 Data Alliance (ICODA), Karen Hunter’s role is to ensure “Driver projects” are planned and delivered on target.  ICODA intend to have a portfolio of “Driver Projects” to demonstrate proof of concept and facilitate a design-led approach.  Karen is currently leading Driver Project 2 – International Perinatal Outcomes in the Pandemic (iPOP) – facilitating access to the Alliance Workbench for the iPOP team enabling them to deliver their research aims and in turn help to build the infrastructure and capabilities of the Alliance.

Karen joined HDR UK International COVID-19 Data Alliance from the University of St Andrews, where she worked in the School of Medicine.  Her most recent post there was as Manager of the James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis – which she played a significant part in establishing – managing programmes of work in Health Data Research, Primary Care and Public Health.  She also played a key role in building and coordinating Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement.  Prior to this Karen was a Research Manager in the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit at the University of St Andrews.