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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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Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

The Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has caved into pressure and protests from students from the authorities to drastically reduce the cut-throat hostel rentals in the country’s biggest technology university.

Angry students of the school had today mounted a protest on the campus over what they described as extreme hikes in private hostel fees.

Rents for hostels range between GHC 2,000 and GHS5,000 for one academic year.

This prompted protests earlier on Friday, July 16, 2021, from students, who threatened to resist any further exploitation of students by private hostels.

Some of them took to social media to complain over the issue using the hashtag, #FixKnustHostelPrices.

Consequently, the school’s management was forced to agree with the students. In a frantic statement issued shortly after the student demonstration, the school issued a statement agreeing with the students that the recent hikes in hostel fees were excessive.

“Our investigation shows that indeed some private hostels, off-campus, have increased their rentals between 20% and 94%,” said KNUST Management.

“…the Dean of Students has identified those specific hostels and have started engaging them on the possible reduction of same,” the statement read.

According to the management of KNUST, hostels under the Private Hostels Association (PHA) “have increased their rentals not exceeding 12% as agreed with the University,” adding that the hostels the students are protesting are not under the PHA and thus not recognized by the school.

The management claims to curb hostel profiteering by private sharks, KNUST is discussing with three private investors for the construction of hostels beginning next academic year.

“Management wishes to assure the general student body and the public that every effort is being made to provide decent and secure accommodation for students on campus.”

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

Hundreds of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students gather to protest against an increase in their hostel fees and other charges on campus.

The majority of the students who gathered to march the massive demonstration are with the fear that they might be forced to quit their university education as a result of the increasing hotel fees on the campus.

Currently, students pay approximately ¢2,000 to ¢5,000 as hostel fees per semester. If owners of these private hostels go ahead with another increase that figure could go up to ¢10,000.

Fredmak Hostel - KNUST

Fredmak Hostel – KNUST

KNUSTconnect further investigations brought to book that students might even pay more in the subsequent semesters.

Hundreds of KNUST students protesting against an increase in their hostel fees are begging the school authorities to do something about this menace.

“I can’t afford to pay more as my hostel and mess charges. If the order is not rolled back, the only option before me is to quit studies,” – one of the students told GhanaCNN.com

Friday protest

On Friday, as hundreds of KNUST students were preparing to march to the Rent Control Department at Amakom in Kumasi, they were initially stopped by armed police officers. Others vented their anger on social media platforms with a campaign dubbed; #FixHostelFeesNow.

The placard-wielding protesters who have formed the Concerned Students of KNUST, later marched to the office of the Dean of Students to present a petition to management.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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SAD As KNUST Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

Scores of students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), are injured after a misunderstanding allegedly broke out between some members of the University Hall [Katanga] and the Unity Hall, [Conti] in the early hours of Sunday.

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

The incident happened during an ongoing vetting process for the Students Representative Council, SRC elections held at the Great Hall of the University.

According to eyewitnesses, the students also vandalized some school property such as chairs and glasses.

The Public Relations Officer of the Students Representative Council at KNUST, Caleb Asamoah Temeng, who was at the Great Hall, narrated to Citi News how the incident happened.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

“It all started with the usual processions by the two halls in support of their various candidates from the halls to the Great Hall before the vetting starts. When the Katangees arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the Katangees from entering the Hall. This caused the first chaos between the two sides. ”

The Katangees suspected the said gentleman was from Conti and allegedly beat him up for preventing them from entering into the Great Hall with their procession, according to information available to Citi News.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

It also alleged that the yet-to-be-identified management team member of the aspirant had a bottle in his possession that broke and cut his fingers and some other parts of his body – injuring him during the altercation.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.com

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