The University Council at its meeting held on 10th August, 2017 approved Professor Kwabena Mante Bosompem as the New Director for the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research per recommendation by the Appointment Board.
Professor Bosompem assumed office as the new director of the Institute on 15th August, 2017. He took over the administration of the Institute from Professor Kwadwo Ansah Koram.
The Management and staff of the Institute welcome and congratulate Professor Bosompem as he takes up this great task. We also say a big Ayekoo to Professor Koram for his excellent leadership over the years.
Professor Kwabena Mante Bosompem
The PHARMANOVA Limited in association with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and VINS BIOPRODUCTS Limited, India organized a snakebite management symposium at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research on Friday 14th July, 2017.
A section of participants at the symposium
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor Kwadwo Koram welcomed the delegates and emphasized on the need for the country to produce its own anti-snake venom and added NMIMR has the required facility and will need only funds to do that. Prof. Koram said it was time for Ghana to move from managing snake bites with imported anti-snake venoms to researching into the right anti-snake venoms suitable for Ghana.
Professor Kwadwo Koram
Professor Kwabena Bosompem the Head of Department of Parasitology and the Coordinator for the Snakebite Management Study gave brief, detailed information on the geographical location of Ghana and the distribution of different species of snakes in Ghana. Prof. Bosompem further bemoaned the dangers people face in dealing with snakebites and snake control in the country as a whole and called for a broader stake holder’s forum and the need to build the needed skills to tackle the situation first hand. He emphasized why Ghana needs partnership with PHARMANOVA Limited in association with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and VINS BIOPRODUCTS Limited to manage snakebite in Ghana. He again expressed his gratitude to Dr. Irene Ayi, Dr. William Anyan and Dr. Daniel Boamah for their tireless efforts in helping to organize the symposium .
Professor Kwabena Bosompem
The Director-General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare reiterated the need for the establishment of snake farms in the country to facilitate research into the production of anti-snake serum. He called for more partners to help in the establishment of anti-snake serum production unit as well as snake farms to help farmers and Ghanaians to ensure snake bite treatment.
Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare
The Director of VINS BIOPRODUCTS Limited Mr. Ajit Nair established the fact that Ghana needs to produce its own anti-snake serum since venom production of the same snake species is also influenced with its geographical location. Mr. Nair stressed that one of the problems most developing countries are dealing with is snakebites and so there is the need to intensify research in snake vaccines. One of the dangers he explained was deformities and death in the worst case and called for a team work approach in managing the menace. He therefore challenged NMIMR and all the Universities in Ghana to study the various snakes in Ghana to help in the production of the anti-snake serums.
Dr. N.Ganpathy(Specialist in clinical toxicology and snake envenomation) Mr. Ajit Nair( front left) and Mr. Tripathi (right)
Mr. Sualihu I Kunguo-Momori , Head of Pharmacy at the Tamale Central Hospital noted that snake-bites were very rampant in the northern part of the country, especially during the rainy season with about two cases reported weekly . He said early reporting of snakebites at he hospital could prevent death and complications but most people died because they resorted to herbal treatment which was not effective.
He also mentioned that some serums did not work on the victims who presented at hospitals and thus reiterated the need for a local production of anti-snake venom to suit the kind of venom from snakes in Ghana. (Credit Daily Graphic)
Mr. Sualihu I Kunguo-Momori
In his remark the Director of Pharmanova Limited Mr. Dhananjay Tripathi expressed hopes that at the end of the symposium, his company will be able to help manage snakebites in Ghana. He noted the snake bites were often emergency medical situations that required immediate attention but some of the cases were difficult to handle due to lack of appropriate serums. He however assured that his company has developed the world’s most advanced anti-snake venom for primary healthcare use and was introducing it onto the Ghanaian market.
Dr. Dhananjay Tripathy Executive staff of Pharmanova Ltd interacting among themselves
The management and staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) wish to congratulate the under listed Research Fellows on their new appointments as Senior Research Fellows of the Institute.
Dr. Samuel Kweku Dadzie
Dr. Samuel Dadzie is a Medical Entomologist at the Institute.
He holds a PhD in Vector Biology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.
He has extensive experience in medical entomology in both field and laboratory techniques. His research interest focuses on vector biology with emphasis on the application of modern methods to address the burden of vector-borne diseases. He coordinates the field and laboratory components of entomology projects in the Department of Parasitology . He also provides training on basic entomological techniques in Ghana and in many countries outside Ghana.
Dr. Dadzie is a member of several committees in Ghana including the Malaria Vector Control Oversight Committee and Malaria Research Advisory Group of the Ghana National Malaria Control Programme, Intra-country Advisory Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Technical Advisory Committee of Zoomlion Nationwide Mosquito Control Programme among others. He is the Focal person for African Network of Vector Resistance (ANVR/WHO/AFRO) in Ghana. He recently developed the National Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Partnership for the Ghana National Malaria Control Program and currently the Program Director. Dr Dadzie also teaches and supervises students at the African Postgraduate Programme of Insect Sciences (ARPPIS), University of Ghana. He is also a member of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
He has about 30 publications to his name.
Dr. Samuel Adjei
Dr. Samuel Adjei earned BSc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences in 1992 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). In 2002, he proceeded to undertake further studies in Nagoya University, Japan where he obtained MSc. and PhD degrees in Applied Molecular Bioscience (Animal Genetics) in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
In 2008 he became a Research Fellow in the Department of Animal Experimentation. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Assistant from 1995 to 2007 and assisted in the establishment of well-defined laboratory animals for biomedical research and the development of the grass cutter as a model animal for Buruli ulcer research. He has taught Biology at the Advanced and Senior High School Levels for several years and is also a Part-time lecturer in Principles of Genetics (Level 300) in the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, School of Biological Sciences, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana. His specialty training encompasses Laboratory Animal Science and Technology, Avian influenza molecular diagnostics, and Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics. Since 2009 he has collaborated with other researchers and has won several research grants.
Dr. Adjei has worked as the Animal Facility Manager and Head of Production & Supply of well characterised Laboratory Animals. He has also served as the Welfare chairman for the NMIMR Staff Welfare Association and has been newly appointed as the Head of the Department of Animal Experimentation from 1st August 2017.
His research interests include;
1. Laboratory Animal Science and Technology, model animal development and establishment of well-defined animals for biomedical research
2. Phytotherapy and drug development; In vivo evaluation/characterization of some tropical medicinal plants
3. Medical and experimental mammalian genetics with special interest in uterine leiomyoma (Fibroids) and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) studies.
Dr. Adjei, together with his collaborators, has conducted several research and has published extensively in his field.
Dr. John Kofi Odoom
Dr. John Kofi Odoom is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Virology and currently the Focal Point for polio in the World Health Organisation Regional Reference Polio laboratory at NMIMR.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Virology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
His research interests include antigenic and molecular characterisation of viruses, evolution of viruses and viral surveillance and currently working on Characterisation of human enteroviruses circulation in the country as well as Diversity of non-polio enteroviruses serotypes in Ghana projects.
Dr. Odoom has 23 publications.
NMIMR is proud of you and wish you well as you climb.
Dr. Anita Ghansah
Dr. Ghansah is a Biochemist in the field of molecular/genomic epidemiology. She obtained a PhD in genetic epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009.
Dr. Ghansah’s PhD project was based on a severe malaria case-control study conducted in Navrongo (Upper East Region of Ghana). Her thesis began with a careful and systematic analysis of the epidemiological evidence for association with disease resistance, and proceeded to investigate the evidence for recent evolutionary selection. Various aspects of the analysis, and the analytical tools that she developed, have practical relevance to other malaria endemic regions and parasite genetics. Dr. Anita Ghansah
In particular, she developed SNP-based methods of defining sickle haemoglobin haplotypes. These provide new insights beyond what is found with conventional methods based on restriction-fragment lengthpolymorphisms, which raise important questions about the validity of current theories about how sickle cell disease has evolved and spread across Africa.
During her PhD programme she spent time at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford University) to complement her epidemiology training and through this, Dr. Ghansah gained a very sound academic foundation for a career in genetic/genomic epidemiology.
The following are her specific arears of interest;
• Using Genetic/Genomic epidemiological tools to answer questions of Public Health relevance in malaria and other parasitic diseases.
• Understanding genetic variations in Plasmodium falciparum, as a causative agent of human malaria infection.
• How genetic diversity influences the epidemiology and pathogenicity of malaria and its implication on therapeutic and vaccination strategies as well as malaria control.
• Using population genetics strategies to identify genetic loci that contribute to drug resistance in P. falciparum
• Development of genomic tools to characterize P. falciparum diversity in the population.
• Human genetic factors that predispose Ghanaian children to severe malaria and chronic kidney diseases
Her projects include; Measuring changes in reservoir of malaria infection in northern Ghana using molecular diagnostic methods, Genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum strains in three different ecological zones of Ghana and Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase Promoter Polymorphisms and Malaria in Children in Southern Ghana. Dr. Ghansah is credited with 25 publications.
Dr. Dziedzom de Souza
Dr. Dziedzom de Souza obtained his Bachelor of Science in Zoology (Second Class Upper) at the University of Ghana in 2003 and earned a PhD in Biological Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 2011. His interests are in Molecular Biology of Disease Vectors and Parasites, Lymphatic Filariasis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases. Currently, his main research focus involves assessing the transmission of Lymphatic Filariasis, towards the endpoint elimination goals of the Global Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis. Besides his research projects in Ghana, he has led entomological investigations, and has been involved in providing training, diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation support to other project countries in Africa including, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ethiopia and Togo. His other research interests include malaria and Buruli Ulcer transmission and diagnosis. He has received many local and international competitive awards for young scientists. He has been involved in several local and international projects as principal investigator or co-investigator, and has over 40 publications in international peer reviewed journals.
Aside his academic activities, Dziedzom is also the Quality Manager for his Department, and is leading the efforts of the Department towards accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17025. He is fluent in English and French.
Dziedzom was appointed as a research fellow in January 2013 and within a short time has risen to the rank of senior research fellow.
The Institute applauds you all on this achievement and wish you well as you continue to excell.
A five-day workshop has been organised by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) in collaboration with the H3AbioNet Node of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana.
As part of the the workshop Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, a renowned Ghanaian Mathematician and Scientist has been inducted as Fellow of the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS).
The award was in recognition of Prof. Allotey’s outstanding contributions towards the advancement of mathematics, science and technology in Africa and across the globe.
Other recipients of the 2017 NMS Fellows Award alongside Prof Allotey, were three eminent Nigerian Mathematicians and Scientists; namely Professors: Jerome Ajayi Adepoju, Alexander O. E. Animalu and Iheanyichukwu Sylvester Iwueze. the award was presented by Prof Ninuola Akinwande, President,of the Nigerian Mathematical Society.
Prof. Allotey was educated at the Roman Catholic Elementary School, Saltpond; the Ghana National College, Cape Coast; the Tutorial College, London; Borough Polytechnic (now University of South Bank), London; Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and Princeton University in the United States.
He was appointed lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and rose through the ranks to become the first Ghanaian Full Professor in Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematics in 1973. While at the KNUST, he held a number of positions such as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Founding Director of the Computer Science Centre in Ghana, Pro-Vice Chancellor and member of the KNUST University Council. Prof Allotey has also held several other local and international appointments such as being appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be among a group of 12 international experts commissioned to advise the UN on Nuclear Weapon.
Receiving the Award, an elated Prof Allotey thanked the NMS President, Executive Council and Members for the honour done him.“I also thank the delegation of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, who have travelled from Nigeria to bestow this honour on Ghana,” he added.
Prof Allotey, who is also the President, AIMS – Ghana, said the developing countries of today were slowly waking up to the realisation that in the final analysis, creation, mastery, utilisation of modern science and technology was basically what distinguished the developing countries from the advanced countries. He said the widening gap in economies and influence between the nations of the South and the North was essentially a manifestation of the science and technology gap.“I wish to press here that we need both pure science and technology adding while science helps to advance the frontiers of knowledge, technology helps to advance the frontiers of economic wealth. Both are needed for our national development,” Prof Allotey stated.“Mathematics is the foundation and sine qua non for the understanding the nature of modern science and technology,” he added. He said without mathematical training, Africa would be unable to access the full power of technologies to solve their countries’ numerous problems.
He urged African youth to learn to contribute significantly by researching into extension of knowledge in Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Akinwande congratulated Prof. Allotey and the other recipients of the NMS Fellow Awards for being mathematicians and scientists of international standing with distinguished achievements
He wished the Awardees longer life of continuous services to humanity in general and worthy of contributions to the advancement of Mathematical Science.
He said Mathematics was the driving force for meaningful Scientific, Economic, Agricultural and Technological breakthroughs and advancement and so should be given all the support needed for scholarship.
Prof. Kwadwo Koram and Dr. Anita Ghansah from NMIMR congratulating Prof. Allotey
Professor Kwadwo Ansah Koram, the Director, NMIMR, hailed Prof Allotey for bringing honour to mother Ghana.
On the workshop, Prof Koram said it was aimed at introducing an interdisciplinary audience to the important concepts in genetics and population genetics that were relevant to complex disease association studies and data analysis.
Dr. Gaston K. Mazandu, IDRC Research Chair, AIMS Ghana and South Africa, said participants at the workshop would also be introduced to the potential of GWAS and to key considerations in designing and performing association studies for mapping disease genes.
Participants of the workshop in a group photograph.
The objective of the workshop was to improve participants’ writing skills to suit specific communicative situations such as: letter writing, report writing, minutes writing, etc.
In his opening remarks, Prof Koram mentioned the need for such training was necessitated by a request to train two administrative assistants at University of Professional Studies in the a fore mentioned areas. Thus he then decided to train the majority in order to ensure efficient administrative work output for the whole Institute.
The workshop was facilitated by Professor Gordon S. K Adika Director, Language Centre from the University of Ghana. Prof. Adika took the participants through how to demonstrate awareness of levels of formality in writing and the impact of violations; appreciate the importance of organisation in writing and how to master the use of coherence markers within and across paragraphs.
The participants also learnt how to master specific linguistic forms and structures that characterise writing letters, minutes and reports.There was also a peer review session and participants were encouraged to share the lessons learnt among themselves.
Certificates and an Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary were awarded to all participants at the end of the workshop.
Participants of the workshop were really elated by the kind gesture shown on behalf of Management . Mrs. Gloria Obeng-Benefo, Public Relations Officer for the Institute,in rendering the vote of thanks, expressed her profound gratitude to Prof. Koram for the training and lauded the enormous support shown by the Institute Administrator Mr. Okyere Boateng. She was also hopeful that more of such training will be given to build the confidence and boost the administrative skills of all staff.