About Postdoc

The high burden of infectious diseases  in developing  countries  establishes  a vicious  circle  of poverty and ill health making it difficult to achieve the Millennium Development  Goals (MDGs) by 2015.   The situation is further aggravated by dearth of high caliber Scientists in sub Saharan African countries.
Effective  strategies  for  endemic  diseases  control  in  sub  Saharan  African countries  will require  a stable  population of researchers  and leaders  with innovative  ideas.  To address this challenge, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has instituted a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, to train future research leaders who will contribute to infectious diseases control efforts.

The program seeks to train young African scientists toward building a critical mass for control of poverty-related diseases, equip them to compete effectively for international funding for biomedical research in Africa, offer them international exposure, and facilitate their networking and collaboration with other institutions.

Postdoctoral fellowship schemes have been used in affluent countries to further develop research competencies   in young investigators.     The scheme  will also  provide a  stable  population   of  young researchers  with innovative  ideas who will undergo mentorship at the NMIMR to a mix of basic, early and late translational  research, with the intention  to move from  basic  research  to at least  early  Phase  1 /Phase  II trials  with drug  studies.

The scheme will conduct research into these thematic areas: Malaria, Mycobacterial Infections (Buruli Ulcer and Tuberculosis), HIV/AIDS and Neglected Tropical Diseases (Onchocerciacis, Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Schistosomiasis).

OBJECTIVES

The main objectives are to train young African post-doctoral candidates in an African environment with a view to:

  1. Providing  the next generation  of biomedical  research  leaders  for disease control and prevention;
  2. Advancing the careers of trainees in biomedical research;
  3. Reversing  the brain  drain  of qualified  African  scientists  and thereby  creating  a critical  mass  of biomedical  scientists on the continent;  and
  4. Creating a model that can be replicated by other African institutions.

The above objectives thus aims at making a significant difference in health research efforts that would  meet  the challenges  of diseases  of poverty  in Africa  and contribute  significantly  to help attain the MDGs and also reduce brain drain in Africa.