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Two female NMIMR scientists win awards at the 2022 ASTMH


Two Research scientists won awards at the 2022 ASTMH Annual Meeting held from 30th October- 3rd November 2022 at the Seattle Convention Centre, Seattle, WA in the United States of America. The meeting was well attended by both Senior and Young Scientists of the Institute, during which Dr. Jewelna E.B. Akorli of the Parasitology Department, and Dr. Irene Owusu Donkor of the Epidemiology Department, won the awards.

Dr. Jewelna Akorli

ASTMH/BMGF Annual Meeting Travel Awards, 2022

Dr. Jewelna E.B. Akorli, was one of the winners of the 2022 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)/BMGF Annual Meeting Travel Awards at the 71st American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting held in November 2022 in Seattle, USA.

The Travel Awards are offered to qualified students, early career investigators and scientists actively working in the tropical medicine field to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting. The award enabled her attend the meeting to present her findings in an oral presentation titled, “A neutrophil-activating microbe is reduced in the naso-oropharynx of COVID-19 patients in an African population: implications for disease severity.” She focused on her interests in host-microbiome interactions to conduct this study and contribute to our understanding of low disease severity in African populations.

Dr. Irene Owusu Donkor

Young Investigator award, 2022

Dr. Irene Owusu Donkor won the Young Investigator award (honorable mention) at the 71st American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting in Seattle, USA. The Young Investigator Awards recognizes the work of young investigators and encourages developing scientists to pursue careers in various aspects of tropical disease research. She presented her findings in a study titled “SARS-CoV-2 SEROPREVALENCE IN RURAL AND URBAN POPULATIONS IN GHANA: A population-based, age & gender-stratified seroprevalence study for SARS-CoV-2 in Ghana. She honed in on her interests in the epidemiology of infectious diseases to understand why there are fewer SARS-CoV-2 infections in Africa as compared to America and Europe.

The ASTMH Annual Meeting is the premier international forum for the exchange of scientific advances in tropical medicine, hygiene and global health. The five-day educational meeting offers access to all that is new, evolving, challenging, successful and exciting in tropical medicine, hygiene and global health.

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