The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected Dr. Collins Stephen Ahorlu, Senior research fellow and Head of Epidemiology Department as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) to develop a new program; the Population Level Behavior Change (PLBC) Research Initiative.
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.
The second phase of the solar electricity generation plant at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research was commissioned on 12th August 2014. This important project adds another 400kw to the existing 315kw solar installation. The completion of this second phase brings the total installed capacity of solar energy on the University of Ghana, Legon campus to 715kw making it the largest net-metrered renewable energy installation in the country. The facility is expected to generate 1.089GWh of electricity annually.
The next institutional serminar is on the 19th of August, 2014. The serminar will be delivered by Dr. Bright Adu of the Immunology Department. The presentation is titled:
"Immunogenetics of human malaria: Relevance of FC receptor and RNASE3 gene polymorphisms to the outcome of plasmodium falciparum infection"
The venue for the seminar is the Noguchi Conference Hall.Time is 3:00pm. All are encouraged to attend.
Mr. Hiroshi Kato, the JICA Vice-President visited the Institute on Thursday 19th June 2014. The visit was to familiarize himself with the work in the Institute. He was accompanied by Mr. Makino, the Chief Representative of JICA Ghana office and Ms. Miyuki Tan, JICA Health Project Coordinator. The tour of the institute included a stopover at the Pagoda to see Prof. Honda’s plaque, the trypanosomiasis research laboratory in Parasitology Department, the P3 facility, Animal Experimentation Department and the solar panel electricity generation plant.
The public-private partnership between Vestergaard and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) was inaugurated on 30th November 2011. The primary goal of this partnership is to strengthen research and development of vector control tools to address malaria and other vector borne diseases. Today, 19th of June 2014 the Vestergaard building was officially named and unveiled as Vestergaard –NMIMR Vector Laboratories to continue with the collaboration with Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.