TDR launches International Postdoctoral Training Scheme with University of Ghana

TDR news item
24 September 2015

An international postdoctoral training scheme on implementation research has been launched at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) of the University of Ghana. Scheduled to start in April, TDR is supporting 6 postdoctoral scientists from low- and middle-income countries in Africa.

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

As a pilot for international postdoctoral training, the focus of the programme at the Noguchi Institute will be on implementation research. This type of research addresses health system bottlenecks that prevent access to already proven interventions. The aim is to decrease the burden of infectious diseases of poverty such as malaria and tuberculosis. The fellows will help develop solutions that are applicable in their own countries.

A chance to learn from on-the-ground realities

For Professor Kwadwo Koram of the Noguchi Institute, the programme comes at a very opportune time, building on its current post-doctoral training and taking broader issues into account. “While the initial training scheme was strongly laboratory focused and more or less limited to malaria, HIV/AIDS and mycobacterial infections, this will bridge the gap between potential solutions and their field application,” he explains.

Professor Koram notes that this includes dealing with the challenges of what is actually available in the way of support on the ground, and what is needed to resolve different problems such as health service delays.

“We are excited by this scheme because it represents a unique opportunity to focus on post-doctoral experience in implementation research,” says TDR’s Dr Olumide Ogundahunsi. “This will provide an opportunity for fellows to acquire high quality experience in research which can be applied to improve the impact of health interventions.”

“While the initial training scheme was strongly laboratory focused and more or less limited to malaria, HIV/AIDS and mycobacterial infections, this programme will bridge the gap between potential solutions and their field application.”

Dr Kwadwo Koram
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR)

TDR and NMIMR will work together to select fellows based on merit and geographic and gender equity, as well as the relevance of their proposed activities. The fellows will be based at the institute for the duration of their studies.

NMIMR is a high-profile research institute that has been at the core of clinical trials and basic research, as well as specialised laboratory diagnosis and monitoring services. It has a reputation for training and equipping highly-proficient scientists with the ability to compete for and gain international research funding.

The University of Ghana is now host to 3 different TDR-supported initiatives: this postdoctoral programme, post-graduate training, and a Regional Training Centre.


For more information, contact Dr Olumide Ogundahunsi.