UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Professor Patty Kostkova wins Innovator of the Year 2019

2 December 2019

UCL IRDR's Professor Patty Kostkova has been named 'Innovator of the Year' at the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2019 for her leadership of the GADSA project.

Patty Kostkova receiving her award

Professor Patty Kostkova has been named 'Innovator of the Year' at the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2019. Previously shortlisted for the Woman of the Year and Team Leader of the Year in 2017 and 2018 at the same awards, Prof Kostkova won this year's accolade for her leadership of the GADSA project.

GADSA: A Gamified Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Decision Support App to Encourage Prescribing Behaviour Change in Nigeria is the first gamified decision support app for AMR successfully evaluated at the point of care. Combining cutting-edge novel persuasive game technology with behaviour change methods localised to the African settings, GADSA is an innovative digital solution tackling the global challenge of antibiotic resistance.

The potential of the app has attracted attention from a number of international AMR societies, the NHS and industry, such as BioMerieux, and the team are working on partnerships to scale up GADSA across Africa and Europe.

On receiving the award, Prof Kostkova commented: 'I'm thrilled to win the 'Innovator of the Year 2019' award and am immensely proud to lead this innovative and impactful project, one that has the potential to improve AMS at the point of care and contribute to combating antimicrobial resistance globally'. 

Congratulations to Patty and the GADSA team at dPHE (Caroline Wood, Georgiana Birjovanu) and our UCL, LSHTM and Nigerian project partners (Andrew Hayward, Laura Shallcross, Sade Ogunsola, Jumoke Olufemi, Patrick Okonji, Eneyi Kpokiri, Funmi Bammeke, Susanne Luedtke) and all surgeons and pharmacists participating in the project in the three evaluation hospital sites in Nigeria.

Find out more about GADSA.