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Two KNUST Scientists Named Among 40 Promising African Early Career Researchers

Dr. Christopher Larbie of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and Dr. Anthony Afum-Agyei Awuah of the Department of Molecular Medicine, as well as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Health and Infectious Disease Research Group at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), have been chosen as pa (AAS). They were chosen from among 40 young scientists from across the continent following a competitive and rigorous selection process of members who excelled in their respective fields of expertise.

The Affiliate program will assist African early and mid-career scientists in their development into world-class research leaders who will contribute to the Academy’s vision of transforming lives through science.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, non-profit pan-African organization whose vision is to see science transform lives on the African continent.Their three-pronged mandate is to recognize excellence through The AAS’ highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, to provide advisory and think tank functions in shaping Africa’s Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies, and to implement key Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) programs addressing Africa’s developmental challenges.

Dr. Christopher Larbie
Dr. Christopher

Dr. Christopher Larbie received his BSc and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, with a focus on the pharmacological and toxicological evaluation of medicinal plants for the management of drug-induced liver injury. From December 2018 to May 2019, he worked as a Fulbright African Research postdoctoral scientist at the National Centre for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ikhlas A. Khan, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy. He is the principal investigator of the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology’s HepatoRenal group and the Oxidative Stress Laboratory.

His research interests include drug-induced liver and kidney infections, as well as the use of invitro and in vivo techniques to identify medicinal plants and underutilized indigenous fruits and spices with the potential to protect and cure animal models of liver and kidney infections. His other research interests include the creation of animal models for diabetes (the coexistence of diabetes and obesity), site-specific cancers, and the clinical evaluation of characterized medicinal products for human diseases.

Phytochemical screening for natural products, haematological and biochemical evaluation, histological and immunohistochemical evaluation of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are among the experimental techniques used. With research funding from the KNUST Research Fund, mentor support, and other personal sources, he has trained over thirty (30) postgraduate students (Ph.D., MPhil, MSc) in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Human Nutrition, as well as over sixty (60) undergraduate students.

Dr. Larbie has contributed to over 50 research papers and has given presentations at several national and international conferences. He is passionate about mentoring the next generation of medicinal plant biochemists and is proud of his former students who are now university teachers, scientists, and are enrolled in doctoral and post-doctoral programs at other universities.

Dr. Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah
Dr. Anthony

Dr. Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah began his career with a degree in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at KNUST before joining the EOD working group at KCCR to pursue his PhD in Immunology, investigating the role of immune modulatory molecules in tuberculosis immunopathogenesis. Following his PhD, he began a postdoctoral fellowship with the same group at KCCR, where he developed methods to improve the use of the interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in children.

He continued his postdoctoral training at Centre Muraz in Burkina via the West Africa Health Research Network, where he received clinical research training and worked with underserved populations at high risk of HIV/AIDS. Following that, he was awarded a WHO/TDR fellowship grant to train in vaccinology and vaccine trials at the GSK vaccine facility in Siena, Italy.

He collaborated with a preclinical vaccine group to investigate novel vaccine mechanism of action and how to improve candidate vaccine immunogenicity. He was a member of the 2017 cohort of the Next Generation Scientist program, which trains young emerging scientists in clinical research at Novartis Pharma’s headquarters in Basel. He has extensive experience in clinical research design, planning, and execution. Infectious diseases, immunology, vaccinology, and clinical research are among his areas of study.

He is currently involved in a number of studies. This includes, among other things, clinical characterization of COVID-19 studies, seroprevalence studies on COVID-19, and a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of existing COVID-19 therapies.

KNUST management congratulates the two scientists on their outstanding achievements.

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2021 Miss Health Ghana Queen Experience To Kick Start In June

2021 Miss Health Ghana Queen Experience To Kick Start In June

The road to crowning a new Miss Health Ghana queen begins later in June, with auditions for health practitioners set to open.

The third edition of the pageant will see young beautiful ladies in the health sector compete to become the fairest of them all and win the ultimate crown, with auditions taking place in Accra, Kumasi, and Sunyani.

In an interview, Madam Gladys Akyere Rockson, Chief Executive Officer of Lamrock Agency, the pageantry’s organizers, stated that the platform was designed to empower young beautiful Ghanaian ladies to spearhead the agenda of safeguarding lives in various health initiatives.

“This year’s experience promises to be an exciting one coupled with series of tasks aimed at educating people on the importance of first aid.

2021 Miss Health Ghana Queen Experience To Kick Start In June

2021 Miss Health Ghana Queen Experience To Kick Start In June

“Administering of first aid is a very crucial aspect of saving lives during an emergency and we deem a great responsibility to use our platform to spearhead the campaign of teaching the basics of first aid through our queens who are health practitioners,” she stated.

She urged corporate bodies to join the campaign on the need to save lives and also thanked organizations who have supported the course.

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Here Is A 5 Checklist For Starting The New Semester At KNUST

Here’s A Checklist For Starting The New Semester At KNUST

KNUSTconnet.Com takes you through a simple to-do list for starting your semester right as a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Vacation is over, and you’re both excited to get out of the house again and dreading the start of another academic year, despite the fact that that’s what it means. Whatever your feelings are, you must still prepare. A quick and simple task to help with the transition.

Be Motivated

Motivating oneself is starting a new semester is key and it’s an impression that one is ever ready to learn from his or her past mistakes and make arrangements for a news successful semester.

Here’s A Checklist For Starting The New Semester At KNUST

Here’s A Checklist For Starting The New Semester At KNUST

Check Your e-mail

Many of us set up student emails during registration and then promptly forget about them. However, at the start of each semester, important information about your course and school changes are sent to your student email.

Create A Study Schedule

Once you’ve gotten familiar with your class schedule, it’s time to draw up a study timetable. The earlier you get into the routine of studying, the likelier it is that you stick to it. And you’re also going to be more prepared when the exam comes around at the end of the semester.

Choose Your Electives

During the period when adding and dropping of courses is still open, it’s a good idea to attend the lecture lectures of all the optional electives so you can evaluate which one is the best fit.

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18+ ONLY: A Student of KNUST Arrested After Planting Secret Camera In Ladies Bathroom And Posting The Footage Online

A student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been arrested after he planted a camera in the bathroom of female students.

A student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been arrested after he planted a camera in the bathroom of female students.

The gentleman planted the secret camera and occasionally would retrieve the footage.

He is alleged to sell the footage online.

According to a female student of the school, the gentleman’s luck runs out during his latest operation and he was arrested.

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