Joint Research Project on Infectious Diseases in West-African Subregion
Eiji Ido*,**, Takashi Suzuki*,**, William K. Ampofo***,
Irene Ayi***, Shoji Yamaoka*, Kwadwo A. Koram***,
and Nobuo Ohta*
*Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, 1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8510, Japan
**Ghana-Tokyo Medical and Dental University Research Collaboration Center, Legon, Ghana
***Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
A research collaboration project in Ghana has joined the MEXT program supported by the Japanese government since 2008. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), the University of Ghana, and Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) are core parties in the project, and researchers from other institutions also participate temporarily. Two TMDU faculty members are sent to Ghana to manage and implement joint research projects for virology and parasitology, which cover HIV, African trypanosomes, malaria parasites, and vector insects. Along with joint research, mutual exchange activities for young researchers and students have been promoted to develop human resources in tropical infectious disease research. Subjects in our project are all public health concerns both in Ghana and West-Africa and in other parts of the world. Our joint projects have strengthened and promoted global information networks on infectious diseases and the health and welfare of the residents of Ghana and Japan.
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