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Name:

Helena Baidoo           

Email address:

HBaidoo@noguchi.ug.edu.gh

Telephone:

+233-302-501178/9

Cell phone:

+233-244-736513

Fax:

+233-302-502182

Department:

Administration

Short Bio /CV

Ms. Helena Baidoo holdsaBachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master of Philosophy in Parasitology (Molecular Parasitology) from the University of Ghana, Legon.

 She started her career at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR)as a Research Assistant doingNational Service at the Nutrition Unit where she worked on vitamin A and beta-carotene analysis of blood samples. Thereafter she moved to the Parasitology Department andwas actively involved in studies on lymphatic filariasis. Having won a WHO/TDR grant, she conducted research for hermaster’s programme which focused on “Characterization of cattle filarial parasite morphologically similar to Wuchereriabancrofit”. Around that same period she also developed a PCR-based method for monitoring and evaluating lymphatic filariasis control programmes, a pioneering work which provided baseline data on the disease in the country.

 Helena was also part of a team that worked on the effect of mass chemotherapy of albendazole and ivermectin on Wuchereria bancrofti infection in humans and mosquitoes for over a 5 year period.

 Hercurrent job as the IRB Administrator and Coordinator for the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) for NMIMR, she plays a leading as well as advisory role in the review of scientific research proposals involving human participants within Noguchi and faculties within the University of Ghana.  Her duties include previewingproposals to ensure that they meet scientific and ethical requirements of the Board. In the field of ethics she has had extensive exposureto both local and international programmes toconsolidate her knowledge and expertise in in the field. Notable among them are the first evermonth long Johns Hopkins Fogarty Bioethics Training Program for Africans held in 2004 and a 3-month IRB Internship Programmein September, 2014 at the Department of Bioethics of the National Institute of Health Bethesda, Maryland, with sponsorship from University of Bergen.

 Helena has in recent timesalso facilitated the formation of the Ethics Review Committee for the Humanities (ECH) of the University of Ghana and provided training to some of the current members and administrators of ethics committeesin the country.In 2014, she initiated and facilitated the formation of the Ghana Association of Administrators of Research Ethics Committee (GHAAREC) and at its maiden meeting in June 2014, she was elected the first president of the Association.

Administrative Role:

Research Development Officer/IRB Administrator

Research Interests:

Her research interests include studies on diseases of public health importance, molecular basis of diseases, medical ethics and how to resolve ethical dilemmas in the African context, specifically with respect to clinical trials.

Projects:

AMANET PROJECT 2007: Improving Ethics Review Process in NMIMR

Publications:

Boakye, D.A., Wilson, M.D., Unnasch T.R., Mizele, K., Baidoo, H. & Brown, C. A (2001). PCR-based methodology for monitoring and evaluating lymphatic filariasis intervention programmes. Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine/WHO-TDR sponsored Conference on Filariasis. Hamburg, Germany

 Daniel A.Boakye, Helena A.Baidoo, Evans Glah, Charles Brown, Maxwell Appawu and Michael DWilson (29 Nov, 2007).Monitoring lymphatic filariasis interventions: Adult mosquito sampling, and improved PCR - based pool screening method for Wuchereriabancrofti infection in Anopheles mosquitoes

Filaria Journal, 6:13 

 DziedzomKomi de Souza, JewelnaOsei-Poku, Julia Blum, Helena Baidoo, Charles Addoquaye Brown, Bernard Walter Lawson, Michael David Wilson, Moses John Bockarie, Daniel AdjeiBoakye (26 Feb, 2014). The epidemiology of Lymphatic filariasis in Ghana explained by the possible existence of two strains of Wuchereriabancrofti, Pan African Medical Journal 17, 133.

 Baidoo, H., Wilson, M. D., Boakye, D. A. Brown, C. A. &Edoh D. Studies on cattle-borne filariae, morphologically similar to Wuchereriabancrofti in a lymphatic filariasis-endemic area in Ghana.  (ms in preparation)

 

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