Mr. Hiroshi Kato, the JICA Vice-President visited the Institute on Thursday 19th June 2014. The visit was to familiarize himself with the work in the Institute. He was accompanied by Mr. Makino, the Chief Representative of JICA Ghana office and Ms. Miyuki Tan, JICA Health Project Coordinator. The tour of the institute included a stopover at the Pagoda to see Prof. Honda’s plaque, the trypanosomiasis research laboratory in Parasitology Department, the P3 facility, Animal Experimentation Department and the solar panel electricity generation plant.
The public-private partnership between Vestergaard and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) was inaugurated on 30th November 2011. The primary goal of this public-private partnership is to strengthen research and development of vector control tools to address malaria and other vector borne diseases.
Today, 19th of June 2014 the Vestergaard building was officially named and unveiled as Vestergaard –NMIMR Vector Laboratories to continue with the collaboration with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
As part of its social responsibilities, the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) - 2013/2014 group of NMIMR, are undertaking a project aimed at assessing the health needs of the Obom community. Accordingly, a few companies and individuals were approached for support.
Tullow Ghana Ltd. responded by presenting a cheque of GH￠18,000 in support of the project. This event took place on the 12th of June 2014 at the Conference Hall of NMIMR. The Deputy Director, Prof. Kwabena Bosompem in his speech was encouraged by Tullow's decision to help give back to society through the advancement of locally relevant health research and intervention.
On Tuesday 17th June, 2014 the Institute received distinguished representatives from GSK. The visit was for the team to familiarise with the work being done in the Institute and also to find out the kind of challenges encountered so as to know the kind of assistance they can offer. This initiative is part of the GSK’s new plans for the Sub-Sahara Africa.
The Institute again has witnessed a kind donation from the Finatrade SA group.
The Finatrade group was established in 1997 as a leading distributor of raw and processed agri-commodities and consumer products. The group has a foundation established in 2003 in recognition of its responsibility and commitment to supporting the societies in which the group operates. The Foundation focuses predominantly on agriculture, education, and health initiatives.
The group has purchased and donated laboratory coats worth GHS 10,000.00 to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
Date: 19th August, 2014
Venue: Noguchi Conference Hall
Title: "Immunogenetics of human malaria: Relevance of FC receptor and RNASE3 gene polymorphisms to the outcome of plasmodium falciparum infection"
Presenter: Dr. Bright Addo, Immunology Department.