The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), a constituent of College of Health Sciences , University of Ghana and a  leading biomedical research institute in the subregion, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is organizing a training program for selected West African healthcare professionals at the Noguchi Memorial Institute.

The training program: Third Country Training Course on Enhancing Laboratory Skills for Infectious Diseases in West African Countries for Post Ebola”, is designed to provide an intensive and detailed training in modern laboratory technology to improve disease surveillance and prevention and to upgrade the skills of laboratory technicians in Ghana and neighbouring countries.

According to the Director of the Institute Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang: “One of the most important priorities of international cooperation based on human security is the improvement of the healthcare systems, to ensure prevention and management of various live-threatening infections. Securing sufficient healthcare workers and developing their abilities are important elements of such efficient healthcare system. And that is what we are trying to build at the Noguchi Memorial Institute with the support of the Japanese government.”

He continued: “Since the need for functional medical teams comprising physicians and other health professionals including lab-technicians is paramount  for the operation of efficient and effective healthcare systems, there is an urgent need for the development of specialists in Biomedical Scientist in the group of course participants as they form a key laboratory staff cadre especially in Ghana. This is due to the critical role they play in the diagnosis and treatment of infections.”

The course has been established, to provide an intensive and detailed training program in modern laboratory technology at an African Centre of Excellence for Disease Surveillance and Prevention in Ghana, namely, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). This is to help improve the skills of laboratory technicians across West Africa.

 The training program which aims at improving the laboratory staff’s techniques and skills for the diagnosis of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses, will be held in Ghana for 8 weeks from 7th January 2019 to 1st March 2019. Participants for the first course are drawn from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana.

As part of the training, participants will learn best laboratory practices and latest innovations from technologists in the Bacteriology, Parasitology and Virology departments of the Noguchi Institute. At the end of their training, they will have the opportunities to improve the quality of diagnosing, treatment and prevention of infections at medical institutions or laboratories in their various countries. 

Adding her voice, Senior Representative for the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Ozawa Maki assured the institute of continuous support from the Japanese government to bring quality and accessible universal healthcare to Ghanaians. 

 “Noguchi and JICA have a long history since 1969 and so collaborating with the medical research centre as well as contributing to the public health care system is a joy. And with the global recognition that the institute has acquired over the years, Noguchi is now the pride and a success story for the Japanese government. So as Noguchi plays an important role in strengthening technical capacity for disease control not only in the country but also in the neighbouring country, we believe this joint program is the best way to contribute.”

 Lauding the training, representatives from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia urged all the participants to take the training seriously and learn from each other. They also expressed their gratitude to JICA for sponsoring the program and its continued interest in health-related issues. (Souce: ghanaweb.com)

 

 The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) is pleased to invite you to the opening ceremony of The West African Network for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM) 2 Year 1 Retreat .

The WANETAM is part of a group of four Nodes of Excellence created by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) to combat poverty-related diseases in Sub Saharan Africa. WANETAM brings together 4 European institutions and 16 West African institutions including NMIMR, The targeted general objectives of WANETAM are as follows: 

(1) Capacity building & Technology Transfer to prepare West African institutes for the successful conduct of clinical trials.

(2) To create a network of excellence for sub-regional scientific collaborations.

 

As part of the deliverables, the Institute is hosting the year one (1) annual general meeting at the NMIMR, Legon, from 14 -16 January 2019. This meeting will mainly focus on the assessment of the year one (1) project activities and in-depth discussions and reprogramming of future plans. The theme for this meeting is “Empowering African Research Institutions through Capacity Building, Partnership and Networking”

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 14th January, 2019 at 9:00am.

 The Institute would be grateful and honored to have you attend this ceremony.

The Management and Staff of the Institute wish to congratulate Prof. William Kwabena Ampofo for receiving this Honorary Award as Researcher in the field of HIV who has contributed significantly to the national response .The Ghana AIDs Commission and Ghana Health Service on Saturday 1st November, 2018 honoured Prof. Ampofo for his distinguished and significant role played since 1986 in the field of HIV research response globally. 

Prof. William Ampofo is a Professor and Head of the Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Ghana Legon, and a PhD. from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan.

Career milestones include the laboratory discovery of the first Ghanaian case of HIV in 1986, first isolation of wild type poliovirus in Ghana, confirmation of first cases in 2007 of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus in Ghanaian poultry and establishment of the National Influenza Centre in Ghana 2007. Recently, he supervised the laboratory detection (December 2011) of the first ever cases of Lassa fever virus infection in humans and rodents in Ghana.

Prof. Ampofo also has teaching responsibilities in the University of Ghana, overseeing both undergraduate and postgraduate research. His publications cover medicine, immunology, microbiology, biological sciences and molecular biology. He has a keen interest in the area of maternal and child health and has collaborated in studies on HIV, Hepatitis B and Influenza. He is a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Fellowship as a Visiting Scientist at World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Influenza, National Institute for Medical Research, U.K.

In recognition of his significant contribution towards the establishment of surveillance for influenza in Ghana, Dr Ampofo was awarded a United States (US) Department of Defence – Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response program Medal of Achievement.  He is a key member of Institutional (ie Biosafety) and national committees (such as HIV Drug Resistance, Laboratory Quality and Pandemic Influenza). Prof.  Ampofo has participated in several pandemic influenza preparedness and response activities in Ghana. He has served internationally on temporary assignments with the World Health Organization (WHO), Commonwealth Secretariat Health Division, US Department of Defense, German International Development Agency and the US Agency for International Development. 

In 2010, he was appointed a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts Working Group for Influenza vaccines and Immunization. Since October 2011, he is one of three African region representatives serving on the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Advisory Group. August 2012 also saw his appointment by the WHO Director-General to a new two year membership of the Global Action Plan Advisory Group for Influenza Vaccines. Dr Ampofo is also currently the American Society for Microbiology Ambassador for Ghana.

 He is married with three children and this former national cricketer is currently President of the Ghana Cricket Association.

 

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), a constituent of College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana and Ghana’s leading biomedical research Institute, will be 40 years in November 2019. The Institute launched it's  year-long celebration of its achievements on 26th November 2018 at the PAGODA within the institute’s main research building on the University of Ghana .The theme for the 40th anniversary is Noguchi @ 40: “Sustaining Global Health Gains through Partnerships in Biomedical Research”. The theme is in line with the Institute’s and the University of Ghana’s aim of becoming a world-class research institution through building and maintaining strong partnerships with all stakeholders and beneficiaries including the general public.

The Launch was graced by very special guest including the  Japanese Ambassador to Ghana H. E. Tsutomu Himeno, Past Directors, University community and former Staff of the Institute. The Launch was followed by an open day for members of the general public to see the research facilities,  interact with NMIMR staff and get to know more about work that is done at the Institute and its relevance to the health of the nation.

The Inaugural Edition of the 40th Anniversary Newsletter was also launched as part of the ceremony.

H.E. Tsutomu Himeno, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana

Rev. Prof. Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi, Provost CHS and Prof. Francis Dodoo Pro-VC-ORID

Emeritus Prof. Francis Nkrumah, Past Director NMIMR and Mr. F. Ribero First Institute Administrator, NMIMR exchanging pleasantries

 

Releasing of Anniversary balloons NMIMR and Partners

NMIMR Newsletter 40th Anniversary Inaugural Edition

H. E. Parker Allotey, Former Ambassador of Ghana to Japan

Students from Datus International also graced the occasion

 

The newly re-constituted University of Ghana Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (UG-IACUC) was inaugurated on Wednesday 31st October, 2018.
The establishment of the University of Ghana Institute Animal Care and Use Committee is to ensure that a competent body has oversight of the proper care and humane use of animals within the university research, testing and teaching programmes.
The UG-IACUC is responsible for overseeing and evaluating all aspects of
(i) Animal care and
(ii) Animal use, and is charged with
Reviewing proposals that involve animals, to ensure that the criteria established in the Animal Care and Use Guide, the IACUC Guidebook, and the UG-IACUC Policy Document are implemented. In its review of proposals, the Committee’s primary goal is to facilitate compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies consistent with the performance of appropriate and productive scientific endeavors.

 
 
Members of the UG-IACUC being congratulated by Prof. Francis Dodoo,Pro-VC ORID

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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