Professor Clara Menéndez Santos is a Research Professor at the ISGlobal/Hospital Clinic-University of Barcelona since 2007; since 2012 she is Director of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative (SAMIR) at ISGlobal. She trained in medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1983) and has a PhD from the University of Barcelona (1999). Her research interests include malaria in pregnancy, maternal and child health, antimalarial drugs, clinical trials, epidemiology and pharmacovigilance. She has a track record of over 25 years of research in maternal and child health, focused on developing countries with a special interest in infectious diseases. She leads several large-scale, international, multi-disciplinary research consortia in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which incorporate capacity building and scientific leadership development initiatives. She has an extensive research track record and has served in numerous international scientific advisory roles.