Dr. O. Peter Adams, Dean Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Kenneth Connell, Deputy Dean- Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) as part of their trade mission to Ghana called on the Director and staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
The visit was to discuss partnership with the Institute. The delegation informed the Director the visit was to identify possible areas for collaboration for programs, projects (research), identify lead “Champions” to advance discussion on the areas identified above as well as to achieve the necessary senior administrative support especially in the Medical field. The delegation also hinted how the two universities have a lot in common. According to him, the two universities have the same founding year which is 1948 and both being originally an affiliate college of the University of London hence the need to establish healthy ties between sister universities.
The Director of the Institute Professor Kwabena Mante Bosompem was elated by the visit and highlighted the core mandate of the Institutes. He also mentioned the shared areas of research and possibilities for next steps. The Institute has a high research output with contributions mainly in the area of infectious disease. He was hopeful that strong collaborations will be built between the two academies.
Professor Kwabena Bosompem(left) and Dr. Adams(right) in a discussion
Dr. Adams mentioned the UWI could benefit from the expertise at NMIMR in the area of infectious diseases whilst NMIMR on the other hand is well placed to partner with UWI on NCD research.
Both institutions promised to identify "champions" on specific projects to lead the next phase of discussions.
The FMS team assured the Director that the relationship between the two institutions will have commitment from both the academics and senior administrative officers.
The team toured the research laboratories and met with staff and Faculty members of the Institute and also familiarise themselves with the Institute’s facilities.