The Institute witnessed a high-powered delegation of thirty (30) Germans to the institute on the 8th of April, 2015. His Excellency Hermann GROCHE and His Excellency Dr. Gerd MULLER Ministers for Health and Economic Cooperation & Development respectively of the Federal Republic of Germany had a joint familiarization tour to the Institute. They were accompanied by their aide and members of German Federal Parliament. There was also a high media presence from Germany.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the challenges the Health Systems and Medical Research in West Africa face in the framework of the current Ebola crisis, but also beyond the immediate problems.
A send-off ceremony was organized on the 13th of March, 2015 for six of the Japanese scientists who have worked with the Institute for the past five years. They included Professor Eiji Ido and Dr. Takanori Hori with the Virology Department, Professor Takashi Suzuki, Mrs. Mayumi Shimura Wilson, Mr. Yoshinobu Sugiyama and Dr. Mitsuko Suzuki with Parasitology Department. Prof Eiji Ido together with Prof Takashi Suzuki and Mrs. Mayumi Shimura were on the Ghana-TMDU centre collaboration project. The TMDU joined the MEXT program funded by Japan Initiative of Global Research Network on Infectious Disease in 2008 as the 12th centre, with NMIMR as a counterpart institution. The aim of the collaboration is to function as a centre for development of human resources in research on infectious diseases.
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.
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.