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Professor Solomon Ofori-Acquah

Professor Solomon Ofori-Acquah

Director

Professor Ofori-Acquah was appointed Dean of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana in January 2017, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2013. He is Director of the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), and, Director and Principal Investigator of the Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa (SickleGenAfrica)...

Professor Ofori-Acquah was born in Cape Coast. He attended Adisadel College from 1977-1984 where he was the Cadet Corps Sargent Major. He migrated to England in 1985 to pursue higher education; he obtained a Higher National Certificate in Hematology and Blood Transfusion in 1989 and Part 1 Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences in 1990, MSc in Bio-molecular Organization from Birkbeck College, University of London in 1992, and PhD in Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, University of London in 2000. He conducted postdoctoral studies on missense RNA therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD) at the University of South Alabama; he was Scholar of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of South Alabama. He joined Emory University as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2007 and the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 as Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine.

Professor Ofori-Acquah’s research is focused on pathogenesis, genomics and innovative therapy in SCD. His seminal publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2013 defined heme as a danger molecule involved in sterile inflammation in SCD and established the first mouse model of the Acute Chest Syndrome. His research has continuously been funded by the NIH and other funding agencies since 2004. He has authored over 60 research papers, reviews and book chapters, and mentored over 30 Junior Scientists, Physicians and Students. He is an Expert NIH Reviewer with service on multiple committees focused on Respiratory Biology, Hematology and Genomics. He was Chair of the Laboratory Sub-Committee of the Ghana National Technical Advisory Committee for Newborn Screening in 2011-2013, and a Founding Executive Member and Inaugural Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Ghana Biomedical Convention. He was Vice-President and President of the Ghana Biomedical Convention in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and in 2016 received an Appreciation Award as Founder of the Ghana Biomedical Convention. As Director of WAGMC, he is spearheading efforts to train the first cohort of postgraduate genetic counsellors and medical genetics scientists in West Africa reflecting his continued efforts to promote all aspects of biomedical science in the region.

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Professor Lorna Awo Renner

Professor Lorna Awo Renner

Deputy Director

Prof. Lorna Awo Renner MB. CHB, Dip Health Econs(Curtin), MPH(Liv), FRCPCH(UK), FGCPS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School and the Senior Consultant in charge of the Paediatric Oncology Unit, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra. She is also in charge of the Paediatric HIV service at the hospital....

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK and the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the immediate past President of the Africa Continental branch of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. She is currently the Chairperson of the Faculty of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has served on many national and international boards and she has over ninety publications.

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