The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has held a two day workshop for the Postdoctoral Graduate Studentship Program on Manuscript Writing between 22nd to 23rd September. 2016. The event was attended by about 30 postdoctoral graduate students from various disciplines including Health Economics, Medical and Clinical Microbiology, Biochemistry, etc. Also present were the Postdoctoral Fellows and Facilitators for the program.
In his welcome address, the Director of the postdoctoral program and Director of the Institute Prof. Kwadwo Ansah Koram noted that the purpose of the workshop was to help and guide participants on manuscript writing and to encourage them to come out with quality research publications. He indicated that the workshop was an opportunity to deliberate on how to write a good paper for publication and gather data for analysis, He had some interaction with the participants amidst introductions, some of the participants briefly talked about projects they are currently working on.
In addition, there was a lecture on converting thesis into a research paper, summary, language and rhetorical dimensions by Professor Gordon Adika, a Senior Faculty member from the Language Center, University of Ghana. He explained that the best way to convert a lengthy thesis into a good research paper is by having exceptional skills for summary. He followed up with a presentation which comprised of the steps on how to summarize and produce a good paper.In another presentation, Mr. George Mensah, Biostatistician from the NMIMR took the participants through data management and analysis processes.
There were breakout groups for participants and Postdoc Fellows to mentor/guide them on their projects for day two.A member of each group was tasked to give account on what they had learnt from the workshop and how it has helped them.
Finally, certificate of participation were presented to participants by the Postdoctoral Program Coordinator Nana Oye Aniapam and team member Prof. Ben Gyan.