Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana
Abraham Kwabena Anang is the Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana. He was Chairman of the Research Board of the College of Health Sciences (comprised of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana Medical and Dental School, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences). He obtained his PhD in Animal Science from the University of Ghana in 1993, specializing in parasite immunology. His earlier work generated scientific interest through demonstrating diagnostic antigenic polymorphism between Trypanosoma congolense and T. simiae using monoclonal antibodies in the early 1990s. He also developed a novel technique based on hydrogen peroxide destaining for removal of non-specific stains in membrane based-immunoassays for identification of trypanosomes in tsetse flies. More recently, he led a team of researchers to develop cost effective, rapid field-applicable monoclonal antibody-based dipstick assay for urinary schistosomiasis.
Prof. A. K. Anang served as member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Task Force on African Trypanosomiasis, and a member of the Board of the National Biosafety Authority of Ghana. He is a Member of Ghana’s Committee for implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNHCR) 1540 on Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials. He is also Team Leader of the Sub-committee on – Biological non-proliferation.
Through his interest in social research and development, he initiated the philosophy and concept of comprehensive community mobilization through Community Directed Development, and he is the Founder of Community Directed Development Foundation (CDDF). He also served as National President of the Ghana Red Cross Society.