Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research(NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Yale University School of Public Health
Elijah Paintsil, MBChB
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Public Health
Senior Research Advisor, Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre for Africa
Anita Ghansah, PhD
Research Fellow, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana
Lorna Renner, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School and Dentistry
Research Focus and Site Description
University of Ghana (Accra). This site will provide training opportunity in emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (viral, bacterial, and parasitic) including, neglected tropical diseases. There will be two training sites: (1) Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) for clinical research training; and (2) Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for basic science, translational and field-based research training. The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is the premier health care facility in Ghana. It is the only tertiary hospital in the southern part of Ghana and it is the teaching hospital affiliated with University of Ghana Medical School, the first medical school in Ghana. KBTH, Ghana’s premier medical center, was built in 1923. It is a 2000-bed hospital with 17 clinical and diagnostic departments and centers of excellence. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research was established in 1979 as a semi autonomous biomedical institute of the University of Ghana.
The mandate of NMIMR is to:
(1) conduct research into health problems of Public Health importance;
(2) provide training opportunities for postgraduate students in medical research; and
(3) provide specialized laboratory diagnostic and monitoring services in support of public health programs.
In 2006, Dr. Paintsil and his colleagues at Yale established a research training initiative with colleagues in Ghana, the Ghana-Yale Partnership for Global Health (GYPGH). The mission was to build intrinsic research capacity, reverse “brain–drain” by strengthening academic infrastructures, and create viable career opportunities for young African and American scientists.
The main goals are:
1) to support collaborative research between faculty at theUniversity of Ghana and Yale; and
2) to train young scientists at both institutions for a productive career in globally important infectious diseases research.