An end of year staff durbar was held on December 24, 2014, which was in line with the tradition since the inception of the Institute in 1979. What made this particular durbar unique was the introduction of awards for best research assistants and technicians. The Director of the Institute in announcing the awards stated that this will be an annual affair and that another category will be created for supporting staff in 2015
His Excellency, the Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura paid a working visit to the Institute on 11th December, 2014. The Ambassador was welcomed to the Institute by the Director, Prof. Kwadwo Koram and other members of staff. He was briefed on the mandate of the Institute and the tremendous support that the Institute has received from JICA and the Government of Japan. The Ambassador on his part thanked the Director for welcoming him and said he had heard about the Institute long before he came to Ghana, and also acknowledged the effort of the institute in the fight against suspected cases of the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases.
Under a new partnership between FIND and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) at the University of Ghana, scientists at NMIMR will carry out studies to determine which set of the published DNA sequences yields the best results when used in a LAMP assay to detect Buruli ulcer. The data generated will be used to develop a LAMP kit with an industry partner. Further research will be carried out to improve the methods for collecting, storing and preparing samples before they are used to perform the test.
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TXT GHANA, a Software as a Service (SAAS) company, and other members of the Wireless Application Service Providers of Ghana (WASPAG) have made a donation of GHS 50,000 to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), in support of efforts to provide rapid testing and diagnosis kits for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This event took place on Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 at NMIMR.
The Minister of Health Honorable Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah accompanied by the Director-General of GHS -Dr. Appiah Denkyira paid a working visit to NMIMR on Monday August 25, 2014. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise himself with research work in the Institute, and the support Noguchi is providing in Viral Haemorrhagic fever /EBOLA testing in the country. He was conducted round the P3 Lab facility by the Director of the Instutute, Prof. Kwadwo Koram, Prof. Ben Gyan, Head of Immunology Department and the Executive Secretary of the Institute.