The theme for the conference is “Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Control of Infectious Diseases of Poverty in Africa” .
This event is being held to mark the fifth year of the Postdoc programme and it will be attended by all postdoctoral fellows including the alumni, mentors and supervisors to date, members of the advisory board, stakeholders in both the public and private sectors in Ghana.
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta and the World Health Organization, is organizing a workshop on Influenza for Laboratory Scientists, Epidemiologists and Veterinarians from African countries.
The five-day workshop at the NMIMR, Legon, will focus on recent Avian Influenza outbreaks in Africa, review sample collection and shipment, protocols for influenza virus detection and global platforms for influenza data sharing. It will introduce tools for pandemic risk assessment and emphasize the One Health Approach for rapid response for pandemic influenza. Expected outcomes of the workshop include reinforcement of rapid response and control measures for avian influenza for a better understanding of the risk assessment process for pandemic influenza and improved networking on influenza surveillance in the African Region.
The conference will be attended by 60 participants including Laboratory Scientists, Epidemiologists and Veterinarians from 20 African countries .
1. Burkina Faso
4. Cote d'Ivoire
5. Democratic Republic of Congo
14. Sierra Leone
18. United Republic of Tanzania
Review of Influenza sample collection and shipment
Current protocols for influenza virus detection
Global platforms for influenza data sharing
Recent Avian influenza outbreaks- threat to Africa
Introduction to tools for pandemic risk assessment (TIPRA)
One Health Approach to rapid response for pandemic influenza
1. Respiratory sample collection and shipment skills refreshed
2. Current protocols for detection of new influenza virus strains
3. Rapid response and control measures for avian influenza strengthened
4. Better understanding of the risk assessment process for
5. Improved networking on influenza surveillance in the African Region.
Date: 3rd to 7th April, 2017
Venue: NMIMR Conference Facility
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with Navrongo Health Research Center is organizing a Symposium on Non-Communicable diseases on 14th& 15th March, 2017.
Venue: NMIMR Conference Hall
"Advancing Non-Communicable Disease Research in West Africa: Building cohorts for multidisciplinary research including genomic studies."
· To provide a platform for early career NCD researchers from Ghana and the West African region to present their research, learn lessons from on-going research, establish a network and plan future collaborations.
· To link colleagues involved in NCD research activities in Ghana and West Africa, including the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa Consortium (H3Africa) studies(AWI-Gen and Africa Kidney Disease Research Network), RODAM (Research on Obesity and Diabetes in African Migrants), colleagues / trainees on the NIH/Fogarty programmes (Wits NCD Research Leadership Training Programme; NYU/UG Cardiovascular Research Training Institute Training Programme), as well as others conducting NCD research in Ghana.Target Participants
Early career Non-Communicable Disease Researchers
Plenary sessions and Group discussions
Establish a Pan-African Network on Non-Communicable Disease research and a scientific publication
The Symposium is on the topic " Human, Pathogens and Commensal Genomes for Future Surveillance" and is scheduled to take place on 25th January,2017.
The Director Professor Kwadwo Koram , together with Professor William Ampofo and Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu are attending this important meeting on behalf of the Institute. They will also be presenting Scientific papers as well as the contribution of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to disease control activities in Ghana during the program.