Dr Fred Aboagye-Antwi

 

Dr Aboagye-Antwi is the Principal Investigator of Target Malaria Ghana and a Senior Lecturer in Medical Entomology and Parasitology at the University of Ghana, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science.

Dr Aboagye-Antwi’s first true introduction to medical research came in a lecture by medical officers on preventive practices during an outbreak of schistosomiasis in his secondary school. Since then, he developed interest in pursuing parasitic infections research as a profession and has gained considerable experience over the last 20 years. His research interest is in water-related parasitic diseases with a focus on intermediate hosts and/or vector-borne diseases. Dr Aboagye-Antwi’s long-term research goal is to describe and explain the principles that underline the wide range of complex relationships between vectors, parasites, intermediate hosts and hosts.

 

“The exploitation of the knowledge gained will facilitate the control and probable elimination of parasitic diseases.”

 

Dr Aboagye-Antwi has since worked for the University of Ghana, first as a Volunteer Researcher in the College of Health Sciences, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Parasitology Department, and currently as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science. He has been involved in a number of research projects involving the Anopheles gambiae.

At the University of Ghana, Dr Aboagye-Antwi also works as the Principle Investigator of Target Malaria Ghana. The university, as an institution, has an excellent track record in malaria research. Ghana is one of the partner countries in Africa, participating in the Target Malaria project.

Target Malaria Ghana’s contribution to the global project is to undertake two extensive studies on Anopheles gambiae mosquito behaviour and ecology:

  • Anopheles gambiae Ecological Observatory
  • Mosquito Rearing and Male Fitness studies of Anopheles gambiae complex

 

As the Principal Investigator, Dr Aboagye-Antwi supervises all teams to ensure the ethical protocols are observed as project activities are conducted: Field Entomology, Ecology and Stakeholder Engagement and Communication. He is also supervising the construction of the new insectary.

For his enthusiasm and contributions in the field of vector research, Dr Aboagye-Antwi’s has been a recipient of several awards including the Cambridge African Partnership for Research Excellence (CAPREx) postdoctoral fellowship, Roberts fund at Keele University, Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) scholarship and a DANIDA Sponsorship.

Dr Aboagye-Antwi’s experiences in research projects have spurred him on and deepened his interest in the interactions between vectors, parasites and hosts and he seeks to pursue further knowledge in mosquito molecular genetics and genetic transformation to enable him make more meaningful contributions towards the control and elimination of vector borne parasitic diseases in Africa. He does not like the fact that sub-Saharan Africa’s weak economies have to spend well over 1.2% of their GDP on the control and treatment of malaria alone!

 

“Although much success has been achieved in the development of efficient control tools over the past two decades, the plasmodium parasites and their mosquito vectors continue to evolve, evading the ingenuity of brilliant researchers and current control measures.”

 

He is keen to see new effective disease control tools being developed so that the health status of sub-Saharan Africans is improved, productivity boosted and poverty alleviated.

 

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