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 Shimizu Corporation, contractors of the Noguchi Advanced Research Laboratories has successfully handed over keys of the facility  to Management of the Institute. The building of the facility started in May , 2018 after a Sod cutting ceremony and was constructed within 18 months.

The Director and entire staff of the Institute are very grateful to the Government and people of Japan for the kind gesture.

 Mr. Moraoka, Project Manager for Shimizu handing over the keys to Director of the Institute.

Background

The Government of Japan in 2016 approved a Grant Aid in support of the construction of an Advanced Research Centre for Infectious Diseases at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon. The grant which is up to two billion, two hundred and eighty five million Japanese Yen (JPY2,285,000,000) will be for the construction of the building and supply of equipment.

The project when completed will ensure efficient and safe research as well as the provision of good teaching environment. This will also position the Institute to play a leading role in tackling the ever expanding research and training needs of the country and the West African sub-region and to respond effectively to disease outbreaks including highly pathogenic agents such as Ebola Virus, etc.

Bio-safety level 3 Laboratory

The Noguchi Memorial Institute fr Medical Research has been collaborating with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) on the Japan Initiative for Global Research Network on Infectious Diseases (J-GRID). The J-GRID project aims to conduct high quality research on infectious diseases of regional and global importance, advancing relevant technologies and developing human resources in the field. In this way, J-GRID is expected to contribute to the public health of the host countries, Japan and the rest of the world.

The J-GRID Team touring the labs

Prof. Tadahito Kanda (Program Supervisor) together with Prof. Masao Mitsuyama, Prof. Shinji Yamasaki, Mr. Takagi Officer from Ministry of Education, Japan had paid a site visit to the NMIMR –TMDU JGRID project.

The visit was to access the progress of the project and to seek the renewal for the 4th Phase (2020-2025).

Researchers from the Institute had the opportunity to present their work to the team.

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Prof. Abraham Anang Director of the Institute interacting with J-GRID Team and Researchers from the Institute

The meeting ended up successfully with the hope for a suitable renewal.

State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare- Mr. Hideki Makihara paid a courtesy call at the Institute on Saturday, 1st September 2018.
Mr. Makihara visit is part of his tour to Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Togo and Ghana to familiarise with Japanese funded projects in the country.

 

Mr. Hideki Makihara State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

He was accompanied by the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Ambassador Tsutomu Himeno

H.E. Ambassador Tsutomu Himeno

Mr. Kunihiro Nishiumi, Secretary to the State Minister, Mr. Shinichi Akiyama, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat, Mr. Hironori Honsho, and Official for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

The delegation was led by the Director, Prof. Abraham Anang to tour the New Advanced Research Laboratory Site.

Mr. Hideki Makihara and Prof. Abraham Anang exchanging pleasantries.

Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu has received the Royal Soceity Africa Award 2018 for her contributions and innovative approaches to understanding Mycobacterium ulcerans and Mycobacterium africanum, combining microbiology, genetic studies and epidemiology in the areas of her work.

Professor  Yeboah-Manu will receive an £11,000 grant towards her research project, a bronze medal and a gift of £1,000. 

Professor Yeboah-Manu is a Professor and Head of the Bacteriology Department.

The award

The Royal Society Africa Prize is to recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

The prize was previously the Royal Society Pfizer Award which was last awarded in 2016.

The next round of nominations will open in November 2018.

The management and entire staff of the Institute congratulates you for making us proud.

Ayekoo!!!!!

MODEC Incorporation and other partners have signed an MOU committing $250,000 towards health science research in Ghana.

This donation is specifically in support of the AMED J-GRID Project, a research collaboration between Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana and Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU).

MODEC and its partners - Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui E&S Holdings Co. Ltd., are jointly carrying out a long-term charter business for FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, deployed at the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (“TEN”) fields offshore Ghana.

According to Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang, Director NMIMR, University of Ghana, this is the first ever business donation of its kind to the research project in Ghana.

He explained that while NMIMR is a strategically important institute for health protection and delivery, corporate sponsorship was almost non-existent. “The donation by MODEC and partners is significant, meaningful, and very welcomed. It also fits with our goals of developing global partners”, he emphasised.

Mr. Kwabena Kwadade, (Legal & Compliance Manager MODEC) with Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang, (Director, NMIMR, UG)

The AMED J-Grid project focuses on research into 3 main areas:

  1. Research into Diarrheal Diseases (the 2nd highest cause of hospital admission of children below 5 years in Ghana)
  2. Research into Dengue Fever (carried by the mosquito vector with high infection risk in Ghana) and
  3. Research on Ghanaian medicinal plants for the treatment of parasitic diseases such as Malaria, Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis.

The disbursement of the funds will be for the purchase of essential research reagents and advanced equipment that will strengthen research in terms of accuracy and impact.

The funds will help to broaden the sample size and quality of the various researches and will also help to carry out more pre-clinical and clinical trials (for the parasitic diseases) and expand surveillance sites in Ghana for comprehensive data collection.

“The funds can accommodate local needs and identified public health concerns”, said Ms. Mitsuko Ohashi, Manager of the AMED J-GRID project).

The Fund Partners (MODEC, Mitsui, Marubeni, MOL & Mitsui E&S) bring world class Japanese technology to their work on the TEN fields.

As Japanese companies, the partners believe that supporting medical research in Ghana further builds alignment between Japan and Ghana. The research will help with the development of treatments that will improve the health of Ghanaians and save lives.

“We are confident that the funds will be used assiduously and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with NMIMR, University of Ghana” remarked Mr. Kwabena Kwadade, Legal and Compliance Manager of MODEC subsidiary company in Ghana.The disbursement of the funds takes effect immediately while a summary research report shall be provided the donors after the end of the fiscal year.

 

About the Fund Partners

MODEC has been providing competitive floating solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognized as a leading specialist for floating production systems such as Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels and Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs). MODEC has an excellent track record of EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) as well as charter and operations projects. MODEC was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and commissioning of two (2) Ghanaian FPSOs, namely, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah for Jubilee field and the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, and has also been responsible for eventual operations of these FPSOs in Ghana.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 137 offices in 66 countries. Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects.

Marubeni is one of the Japanese leading trading companies with a total of 131 offices in 67 countries around the world. Marubeni’s business interests cover a broad range of sectors and extend to investment, development and management of energy and infrastructure projects on a global level.

MOL (Mitsui O.S.K Lines) is one of the world’s largest full-line marine transport groups with over 130 years’ experience in the world shipping industry. MOL leads the world shipping industry by responding to customers’ needs with a diversified business portfolio.

Mitsui E&S Group provides design, manufacturing and after-sales services in the area of energy and marine logistics. Mitsui E&S Group’s products are wide ranging, such as ships, engines for ships, industrial machinery, power generation plants, etc. MODEC is one of the group’s companies.

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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