Our Team

Dr. Amos Laar

Amos Laar, Bsc, MPH, MA, PhD

Position: Convener of the Group
Email: alaar@hiv360.org, alaar@hm2r.org, alaar@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health,  School of Public Health

PROFILE

Amos Laar, a Senior Lecturer of the University of Ghana, has academic training in Nutrition, Public Health, and Bioethics. His interdisciplinary work spans Reproductive Health, and Public Health Nutrition. His Bioethics research/professional experience bridges these broad areas. Deploying bioethics tools, Dr. Laar’s reproductive health research has focused on the socio-cultural, socio-ethical, and medico-ethical dimensions of sexually, and perinatally transmissible infections. His Public Health Nutrition research addresses maternal and young child nutrition, and Nutrition-related non- communicable diseases (NR-NCDs).

Dr. Laar has been a Principal/Co-Investigator of over 20 successful research grants at the University of Ghana. He has previously co-led such projects as the HIV and AIDS Interactive Training, Education and Development Center Project (which developed interventions to increase uptake of HIV testing, and reproductive health literacy of students and staff of the University of Ghana), the “Six Legs to Health Project” (which explored the use of edible insects for improved maternal and child nutrition in Ghana), and the “Non-prescription Medication Use Project” (which assessed multiple non-prescription medications use among Ghanaian HIV-positive persons on antiretroviral therapy). He is currently co-leading such projects as the “Community-based Hypertension Improvement Project” (which engages the private sector and utilizes ICTs to improve the management and control of hypertension in Ghana); the Gates Foundation-funded “Drivers of Food Choices Project”, as well as an MRC-funded “Dietary Transitions in African Cities Project”, (both of which seek to identify how social, and physical environments drive consumption of energy dense nutrient-poor foods and beverages throughout the reproductive life course).

Dr. Laar has a strong record of publishing for academic as well as non-academic audiences. His over 100 scholarly works include 42 peer-reviewed publications, one book, three book chapters, 49 conference papers, and 13 research/technical reports; and 16 OpEds in local print/electronic media.

Some of his publications have appeared in Cambridge University Press’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, AIDS Care, JMIR Res Protoc, The Pan African Medical Journal, African Journal of Reproductive Health, International Breastfeeding Journal, Maternal & Child Nutrition, HIV & AIDS Review, BMC Medical Ethics, BMC Public Health, BMC Women’s Health, Malaria Journal, Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Psychology, Jones & Bartlett, Burlington MA, USA, and Nova Science Pub Inc, NY, USA.

Dr. Laar advises the Government of Ghana on various public health and nutrition issues; these include scaling up nutrition (SUN), and the development of ethically-sensitive national response strategies for HIV. Dr. Laar was one of two experts who successfully developed Ghana’s 2018-2020 Global Fund Grant for HIV/TB; this grant is worth over 78 million US Dollars. He is the Founder of hm2r (a global mentoring think tank (www.hm2r.org), and President of African Nutrition Association (a learned society with members from all over Africa). He has supervised over 40 graduate and undergraduate theses from the University of Ghana, University of South Africa, the Nagasaki University of Japan, and University of Sheffield, UK.

Some of his publications are available here

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amos_Laar

His official page is accessible here

http://www.ug.edu.gh/pfrh/staff/dr-amos-laar

Dr. Lydia Aziator

Dr. Lydia Aziator

Position: Member
Email: edampadu@chs.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Life Sciences Unit, Medical Laboratory Sciences

PROFILE

Dr Lydia Aziato is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Adult Health Dept. School of Nursing, University of Ghana. She has been a nurse since 1997. She had her first degree in Nursing and Psychology and an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana. She also had her specialty training in Oncology Nursing from the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada and completed in 2006. She obtained a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013 where she researched in post-operative pain management. She has published in many credible peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for many. She holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International. She is an active member of Honour Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau International). She is interested in research on pain, cancers and other areas related to women’s health research, spirituality, herbal medicine and disease experience in general. She has advanced skills in qualitative research.

HIV-related Research Interest: Client/health professional/family experiences and people who inject drugs.

Mrs. Ewurama Owusu

Mrs. Ewurama Owusu

Position: Member
Email: edampadu@chs.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Life Sciences Unit, Medical Laboratory Sciences

PROFILE

I am currently in the final stages of my PhD in Infectious Diseases at the University of Amsterdam. My thesis is on malaria, HIV and SCD interactions in Ghana. I have 2 publications from my PhD thesis, and 4 more on the way. My first publication in Clinical Infectious Diseases was a systematic review on “The interaction between HIV and SCD”. This I wrote with a colleague of mine who taught me the ropes of writing excellent systematic reviews. Not wanting to keep that knowledge to myself I applied for a WHO/TDR grant to organize workshops on writing systematic reviews; and won a grant of $50,000. The workshops were very successful; and has resulted in 6 systematic reviews by participants (at various stages of manuscript preparation and submission).

HIV-related Research Interest: Interaction between HIV, SCD and malaria. Stroke; the common risk factor for HIV, SCD and malaria

Mr. Chris Guure

Mr. Chris Guure

Position: Member
Email: cbguure@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health

PROFILE

I am a trained Bayesian and frequentist Biostatistician. My area of interest includes the development and application of both frequentist and Bayesian statistical methods in dealing with time till the occurrence of an event of interest. eg. Cancer diagnosis, effects of drugs on patients’ health, determination of the efficacies of drugs, diagnosis of people with and without: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to the occurrence of an event of interest: acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), recurrence of events. eg, multiple relapses from remission. Also of interest and currently being pursued is on statistical methodology and software (Stata, R programming, OpenBUGS and WinBUGS and geoBUGS) application to cross-sectional data, meta-analytic data, geospatial data and longitudinal data analysis via generalized linear/nonlinear mixed models and hierarchical/multilevel modelling and joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event outcomes.

HIV-related Research Interest: Interested in clinical studies that focuses on the development of new drugs for the treatment or management of the HIV virus. Also of interest is to conduct epidemiological studies that will enable a better understanding of a longitudinal evolution of an infectious diseases, eg. HIV. To conduct both longitudinal and clinical trials (expecially adaptive designs in clinical trials) which will serve the patient population with promising and upto date therapies.

Dr. Timothy Senunyeme

Dr. Timothy  Senunyeme

Position: Member
Email: tsenunyeme@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: University Hospital, Legon

PROFILE

Am a 42 years old, and currently working as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at University Hospital, LEGON, after qualifying as a member of Ghana and West African Colleges of Surgeons in 2012. Additionally, l do teach, mentor and supervise junior doctors and Physician Assistants on internship at University Hospital before their registration with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, l did my basic medical school training(MBchB) at University of Ghana Medical School and completed in 2002,with one year internship at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital under the supervision of Consultants/Professors. l took a posting to Regional Hospital, Sunyani where l practiced as a general practitioner for almost three years, working in both general surgery and Obstetrics/gynecology departments, before l relocated to Accra to join University of Ghana as a general practitioner for four years. Am currently pursuing an MPH program with School of Public, which will offer me the necessary skills in research and public health perspectives to my clinical work. I, therefore, consider this opportunity to be a member of this rather prestigious grouping an added boost to acquisition of research skills. However, my several years of clinical practice, especially with PMCT service delivery as well as providing unique supervising role to the nurse in- charge of MSM clinic at University Hospital, Legon, l believe will be a tremendous source of practical/clinical knowledge for this unique grouping-HIV360 Research Group. Am married with three children.

HIV-related Research Interest: 1. Iron deficiency anaemia among HIV positive women at ANC at University Hospital, Legon. 2. Differences in weight gain among HIV positive women with singleton pregnancy and women with singleton pregnancy who are HIV negative.

Mrs. Abena Engmann

Mrs. Abena Engmann

Position: Member
Email: aengmann@staff.ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: School of Public Health

PROFILE

Research Development Officer

HIV-related Research Interest: Research Administration

Dr. Sylvia Esther Gyan

Dr. Sylvia Esther Gyan

Position: Member
Email: sgyan@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Sociology

PROFILE

SYLVIA ESTHER GYAN has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Over the years, she has been researching and publishing on sexual and reproductive health issues with special interest on women and adolescents. Her research interest includes Culture and Reproductive Health, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender and Development Studies and Sustainable development. Sylvia Esther Gyan is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana. Dr. Gyan was a researcher on a joint project between World Vision Ghana and Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana on Child Marriage in Ghana. Currently she has put together a proposal to explore adolescent girls’ appropriation of the emergency contraceptives in Amasaman, Accra to help policy makers and stakeholders identify the specific needs of adolescent girls in their sexual and reproductive experiences.

HIV-related Research Interest: 1. Gender and HIV/AIDS 2. HIV/AIDS and Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr. Samson Obed Appiah

Samson Obed Appiah, BA, MPhil, PhD

Position: Member
Email: soappiah@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Sociology

PROFILE

I am Samson Obed Appiah and a Lecturer at the University of Ghana. My research interest includes Occupational Health and Safety Issues among Informal Small Scale Workers. Occupational Illness and Diseases among Informal Small Scale Workers. Professional Society: Ghana Sociological and Anthropological Association Ghana Institute of Safety Professionals

Publications: Appiah, Samson O. (2016). “Connecting Occupational Safety Awareness, Legislation, Implementation and Enforcement within the Ghanaian Industrial Economy”, Journal of Environmental and Occupational Science, 5(2):53-58.

Appiah, Samson O. and Agblevor, Emelia A. (2014). “Gender of Lecturers and its Impact on Teaching and Learning: Assessing the views of the University of Ghana Students”, International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2(10): 240-246 (October, 2014 Issue).

Appiah, Samson O. (2013). “Workplace Safety in Ghana: A study of the Pioneer Food Cannery,Tema”, Legon Journal of Sociology, 5(1):1-21.

HIV-related Research Interest: “Know-Your- HIV Response Study: Mapping of HIV prevention activities to the district level in the Greater Accra region, Ghana”.

Dr. Fidelia Ohemeng

Dr. Fidelia Ohemeng

Position: Member
Email: fohemeng@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Sociology

PROFILE

A lecturer at the Department of Sociology. My research interests include gender, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases and ageing.

HIV-related Research Interest: Previous research in HIV/AIDS are HIV/AIDS care, stigmatization and the social meaning of AIDS-related deaths. Interested in the experiences of discordant couples, and services available to men who have sex with men.

Dr. Evelyn Yayra Bonney

Evelyn Yayra Afua Bonney

Position: Member
Email: ebonney@noguchi.ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Noguchi Memorial, Virology Department

PROFILE

Dr. (Mrs.) Evelyn Yayra Afua Bonney is a Research Fellow in the Virology Department of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). She holds a BSc. Honours in Biochemistry and Nutrition, an MPhil in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry; all from the University of Ghana. She has teaching and supervisory responsibilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Ghana and other Universities. These include: 1) Lecturer, Biochemistry of Viruses and Guest Lecturer, Bacterial and Viral Infections, Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana. 2) Lecturer, MA HIV/AIDS Management, Department of Adult Education and Human Resource Studies, School of Continuing and Distance Education, College of Education, University of Ghana. She is currently the Laboratory Supervisor of HIV Genotyping Lab at NMIMR and the Quality Focal Person for Virology Department, NMIMR. Dr. E.Y. A. Bonney is a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored NMIMR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2015. She has co-authored a number of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters and conference papers.

HIV-related Research Interest: 1. Host factors/proteins influencing viral infections and disease progression 2. Antiviral therapy, susceptibility and resistance in HIV-1 patients 3. Antiviral therapy, susceptibility and resistance in HIV-2 patients 4. Genetic variability of HIV-1 and HIV-2 5. Co-infections of HIV and other infections among key population

Mr. John Anoku

Mr. John Anoku

Position: Member
Email: JAnoku@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: ORID

PROFILE

John is the Research Development Officer responsible for ethics and research dissemination. John facilitates the establishment and coordination of various University of Ghana’s ethics committees for responsible conduct of research involving human and non-human research subjects. He was the coordinator of the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) programme and currently facilitates research uptake and utilisation activities at the University. John is also responsible for the publication of University of Ghana’s annual research report and publications of the University’s public lectures online. As part of his portfolios, he assists with the provision of research and institutional data to ranking agencies for the purposes of benchmarking and ranking of the University. John is involved in the development of research related policies and guidelines. John joined the University in June, 2012. He graduated from the University of Ghana with a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Philosophy. He holds a joint MSc in Computing from the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University. He holds another MSc in International Business & Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. John also holds an MPhil in Science and Technology Studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Before joining the University, John worked with several multinational organisations in the United Kingdom and Ghana. He has vast experience in financial services, information technology, consultancy, research and teaching.

HIV-related Research Interest: I am interested in the ethics of HIV research as well as the uptake and utilisation of HIV research findings

Dr. Irene Kretchy

Dr. Irene M. A. Kretchy

Position: Member
Email: ikretchy@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy

PROFILE

Dr. Irene M. A. Kretchy is a Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Ghana, Legon. She is a Social Behavioral Pharmacist with academic background in Social Pharmacy (PhD) and Clinical Psychology (MPhil). Her research area is the Social and Behavioral aspects of Pharmacy Practice with specific research interests in biopsychosocial approaches to medication use and adherence in chronic medical (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, HIV) and psychological/psychiatric conditions (i.e. depression, schizophrenia). Her research has also explored the role of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) in primary healthcare from the perspectives of patients, conventional medical practitioners and TCAM practitioners as well. These studies demonstrate the preferences, attitudes and practices of TCAM products, services and practitioners. She has published 19 peer reviewed journal articles.

HIV-related Research Interest: 1. Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in HIV 2. Adherence to anti-retroviral therapy in HIV/AIDS management

Dr. Emmanuel Asampong

Dr. Emmanuel Asampong

Position: Member
Email: easampong@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health

PROFILE

Dr. Emmanuel Asampong is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the School of Public Health in the College of Health of Health Sciences at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Clinical Psychologist by training and has been teaching in the University since November 2005. Dr. Asampong’s research interests include the impacts of psychosocial factors on human health, family health and social support systems in both rural and urban cities in developing countries, family initiatives on psychological well-being and school achievement in urban slums and/or deprived urban communities in Ghana and a host of other related activities. Other research interest areas are adolescent mental health and growth, personality styles that impact on health. He teaches at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and was voted the Best Teacher in 2011 within the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana. He has served and still serves on a number of boards and committees in the University of Ghana. In fact he served two terms on the Anti – Sexual Harassment Committee of the University of Ghana. Dr. Asampong has authored 17 peer-review publications and one book chapter with other colleagues on Mental Health Care and Service in Ghana. He is currently a Co-Investigator in the project (SMART) Strengthening Adolescent Mental Health Research and Training between the New York University in the U.S.A and the University of Ghana, School of Public Health.

HIV-related Research Interest: Psycho-social Challenges in HIV infection

Dr. Kwaku Oppong Asante

Dr. Kwaku Oppong Asante

Position: Member
Email: kwappong@gmail.com
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Department of Psychology

PROFILE

Dr. Kwaku Oppong Asante, is an experienced researcher and lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. Prior to his new position, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Discipline of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His research interests focus on adolescent health and well-being, social and psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS and health promotion. He also has interest in other areas of health psychology and public health.

HIV-related Research Interest: I am particularly interested in social and psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS. I am also interested in working on OVC and other vulnerable populations with regards to HIV and AIDS.

Dr. Cynthia Gadegbeku

Dr. Cynthia Gadegbeku

Position: Member
Email: cgadegbeku@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences

PROFILE

Cynthia Gadegbeku is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Education (Home Science) from the University of Cape Coast; an M.Phil Degree in Extension from the University of Ghana and a PhD Degree in International & Rural Development from the University of Reading, UK. I have been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the University since 2003. Apart from teaching, I have been actively involved in rural extension programs. I was a Researcher on the USAID Funded Project under its Collaborative Research Support Programme (CRSP) Bean/Cowpea Project, Dept of Nutrition & Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon from 2000 – 2006. As part of the extension programme in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, I teach students how to extend information to communities. These students also have practical experience in extending information to people in rural communities. Over the years, I have organized extension activities in Obaodze, Maanpehyia, Akoteaku, Otinibi, Awutu – Kwaaman, Amanfro (2000 – 2006), Kwieman (2013), Adamorobe (2014 – 2016). The needs of community members are identified, we plan programmes to meet these needs; implement and evaluate these programmes to ensure that the standard of living of these rural people is improved. I have also been involved in a few public health related research. These include: 1. Gadegbeku C., (2014). Culture and Modern Contraceptive Behaviour in Rural Ashanti, Ghana. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-3-659-36402-0 400 pages. 2. Gadegbeku C., Akoto – Bamfo, J., (2014). Abortion: Contemporary views of Senior High School Students in Accra. Global Journal of Biology, Agriculture & Health Sciences (GJBAHS), Vol. 3(3), pp 16-24. ISSN: 2319-5584 3. Nti, C., Gadegbeku C., Dodoo, S.N.A., Ofosu B., Akoto, E., Agbi-Dzorkar, M., (2014). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Birth Spacing among Ghanaian Mothers: Implications for Maternal and Child Nutritional Status. World Applied Sciences Journal 31 (11): 1971 – 1978, 2014. 4. Tackie – Ofosu V., Senah K., Tagoe, M., Gadebgeku, C., Vandyck, E., (2014) Double Jeopardy: HIV-Positive Wives Caring For Their HIV Positive Spouses in Accra. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, Vol 4 (25): 94-101 5. Gadegbeku C, Saka R., Mensah, B., (2013), Attitude of the youth towards voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) of HIV/AIDS in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, Vol 3 (11): 133-140 6. Gadegbeku, C., Nti, C. A. and Adjabeng, M. (2006). Home-based care of malaria in children under five years in rural Ghana. J. Asian Reg. Assoc. Home Econs 13 (4): 191- 200. 7. Fianu, D.A.G., Owusu – Benoah J., Aryeetey, A.A., Ba – Ama, E., Gadegbeku, C., (2004). Attitude and practice of family planning among married Moslem Women: A case study of Madina – Zongo, Accra; Journal of Asian Regional Association of Home Economics 11 (1): 6-11. My other areas of interest include: poverty and livelihood studies; reproductive health issues; gender issues and environmental issues. I would like to join the collaborative team to contribute my quota towards HIV research and to gain more research practice especially in public health issues. I could also assist in extending some of the information derived from research to beneficiaries especially members of the rural community.

HIV-related Research Interest: Contraceptives and HIV/AIDS • The youth and HIV/AIDS • Extending research information to result in positive behavior change • Voluntary Counseling and Testing of HIV/AIDS • Gender issues in HIV/AIDS

Dr. Josephina Blankson-Hemans

Dr. Josephina Blankson-Hemans

Position: Member
Email: pbhemans@gmail.com
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: University Hospital, Legon, Public Health/ Medicine

PROFILE

A Public Health/ Occupational Physician

HIV-related Research Interest: PEP • Disclosure Policy • Health care associated transmission of HIV • Outcomes after maternal transmission • Adherence; Treatment Failure • Cerebral toxoplasmosis

Ms Gladys Dzansi

Ms Gladys Dzansi

Position: Member
Email: gladysdzansi@gmail.com
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: School of Nursing

PROFILE

I am a Registered General Nurse. I qualified as a registered nurse in 1997 and worked at the Ho Government hospital and Nkwanta District hospital all in the Volta Region, Ghana. I hold Bachelor of Arts in Nursing and Master of Philosophy in Nursing all from the University of Ghana, Legon. Currently I work as an assistant lecturer at the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon. My main activities include teaching, clinical supervision, research and other assigned roles. I have experience in curriculum review, teaching nursing theories, clinical nursing skills and supervising students’ research projects. I was granted scholarship by the Brown University through Fogarty International AIDS Training and Research Program (AITRP) to study PhD in Nursing and I am near submission of final thesis. My thesis focused on using mobile phone intervention (alarm, sms and voice call) in supporting treatment adherence. I have the flare for quantitative as well as qualitative methodology with experience in mixed method approach I am currently mentoring other students to undertake research in HIV in areas such as quality of life and HIV commodities.

HIV-related Research Interest: Mobile phone intervention in HIV care, Social intervention for HIV/AIDS clients

Dr. Franklin Glozah

Dr. Franklin Glozah

Position: Member
Email: fglozah@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: School of Public Health

PROFILE

Dr. Franklin Glozah is a Lecturer and Health Psychologist in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health. Franklin holds a PhD and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (M1) from the University of Essex- UK, MPhil from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway and BA (Hons) from the University of Ghana. He has several years of teaching experience in higher education and prior to joining the School of Public Health had held various academic positions including Campus Director, Head of Department and Dean of Faculty. Franklin has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and theses and has served as an internal examiner for over 30 Master’s theses. He is an enthusiastic researcher with quality peer reviewed articles published in internationally reputable journals and serves as a reviewer for renowned journals such as the Journal of Health Psychology and the Journal of Adolescence. Franklin is an Approved Researcher under the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK.

HIV-related Research Interest: Psychosocial risk and protective factors associated with HIV including attitudes, beliefs, family and community dynamics, substance use, and psychological wellbeing.

Dr. Benjamin Kwansa

Dr. Benjamin Kwansa

Position: Member
Email: bkkwansa@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Institute of Africa Studies

PROFILE

Benjamin Kobina Kwansa holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In January 2014, Dr. Kwansa took an appointment in the University of Ghana as a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IAS). He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He obtained his Master of Philosophy in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies, where between 2002 and 2006 he worked in various capacities at the Family, Population and Development Unit, and the NUFU-sponsored Care and Globalisation Project. In 2010, Dr. Kwansa again obtained a post graduate certificate in “Severe HIV Epidemics and Multidisciplinary Research Challenges in Prevention” from the Bergen Summer Research Schools in Norway. His research interests are in the areas of construction of masculinities, gender and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, religion and health, and family, population and development. His publications include the book Safety in the midst of stigma: Experiencing HIV/AIDS in two Ghanaian communities, which highlights the lived experiences of people infected with and affected by HIV from their own perspectives – their negotiations between resigning to fate and the struggle for survival as they cope with the high levels of stigma.

HIV-related Research Interest: HIV stigma; Access to and use of HIV medications; care, treatment, and support for PLHIV; Preventing MTCT, and HIV-related comorbidities.

Dr. Alexander Martin-Odoom

Dr. Alexander Martin-Odoom

Position: Member
Email: amartin-odoom@chs.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Medical Laboratory Sciences, UGCHS

PROFILE

I hold a PH.D in Medical Microbiology with a focus in Virology,M.Sc in Clinical Microbiology and a B.Sc in Biochemistry.I am a Lecturer in Virology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the School of Biomedical & Allied Health Sciences. My Ph.D thesis was on HIV drug resistance profiles of Ghanaian women on antiretroviral therapy after prevention of mother-to-child transmission. I have been with the University of Ghana since August,2008.

HIV-related Research Interest: I am interested in the pathogenesis of HIV, PMTCT of HIV, HIV drug resistance and HIV cure research, and co-infections with HIV.

Mrs. Ruth Ayanful-Torgby

Mrs. Ruth Ayanful-Torgby

Position: Member
Email: ruthmine2@gmail.com
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Noguchi Memorial, Immunology

PROFILE

To contribute in researching on infectious diseases to help develop Africans

HIV-related Research Interest: Molecular epidemiology

Dr. Bismark Sarfo

Dr. Bismark Sarfo

Position: Member
Email: bsarfo@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health

PROFILE

1998-2001: Research Assistant, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Legon, Ghana •  2001-2004: Research Scholar/PhD Dissertation Research, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow: Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa • 2008-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta GA, USA • 2010-2012: Adjunct Faculty, Georgia Perimeter College, Newton Campus, GA USA • 2012-2013: Medical Monitoring Project Epidemiologist; HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Division of Georgia Department of Public Health, GA, USA •  2013-Present: Faculty at the Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health, University of Ghana

HIV-related Research Interest: Over the last decade, I have conducted research into host immune defense against infectious diseases including malaria, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis, and HIV as a graduate student and also as a postdoctoral research fellow, in Africa and the USA. Furthermore, having worked with the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Department of the Georgia Department of Public Health in the USA, with the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP), I garnered invaluable skills and interest in HIV/AIDS research Currently, I am conducting a study looking at the clinical and behavioral characteristics of HIV/AIDS patients receiving medical care at the Pantang anti-retroviral clinic in Ghana. To this end, HIV patients have been enrolled, and structured interview questionnaire and medical record abstraction data collection instruments are being used to collect clinical and behavioral information including comorbidities such as TB, pneumonia, hepatitis, cancer, diabetes etc of participants. Additionally, blood samples of participants are collected. Ultimately, I am interested in public health epidemiological and translational research studies that will provide new information and insights which will help in the improvement of HIV/AIDS treatments and also improve understanding of the biology underlying the outcome of the disease.

Mr. Albert Atter Angmor

Mr. Albert Atter Angmor

Position: Member
Email: aaater@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health

PROFILE

Have a certificate in HIV/AIDS stigma reduction, diploma in statistics and a Bsc in Building Technology

HIV-related Research Interest: HIV/AIDS stigma reduction and home base care nursing to people living with STD’s.

Dr. Enoch Teye-Kwadjo

Enoch Teye-Kwadjo (PhD)

Position: Member
Email: teyekwad@gmail.com
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: Psychology

PROFILE

Enoch Teye-Kwadjo (PhD). Enoch completed BA (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Ghana in 2008. He obtained MPhil in Community Psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway in 2011 and received PhD in Health Psychology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2014. Enoch is psychologist and lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. His research looks at social cognition models and young peoples sexual risk behaviour as well as condom use and psychosocial aspects of HIV testing (Health Psychology). Enoch is also interested in drivers and pedestrians traffic risk perception, attitudes and behaviour (Community and Traffic Psychology). Enoch is also interested in research methods in the social and behavioural sciences such as advanced quantitative data analysis using SPSS, qualitative data analysis using Atlas.ti, and structural equation modeling using Mplus.

HIV-related Research Interest: Adolescent sexual risk behaviour •Young people’s sexual health and condom use • Psychosocial aspects of HIV testing

Dr. Aaron Asibi Abuosi

Dr. Aaron Asibi Abuosi

Position: Member
Email: aabuosi@ug.edu.gh
Institution: University of Ghana
Department: University of Ghana Business School  , Department of Public Admin. and Health Services Management