Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum
We trial novel tools for diagnosis of malaria and molecular screening and genotyping to understand the epidemiology of the pathogen. Additional methods for diagnosis
are needed because of limited sensitivity of available tools, and because of the thread of deletions of the hrp2 gene, resulting in false-negative rapid diagnostic tests.
At the EIGH, our researchers use epidemiology to understand the distribution and determinants of the health and disease conditions in specific populations, and to identify risk factors for certain diseases. This allows them to develop, implement, and measure the impact of targeted, preventative healthcare methods.
Genetics and Genomics
One way to study certain diseases is through genetics - the study of heredity and the variation of individual inherited genes in an organism. At the EIGH, this means studying how organisms can inherit and spread certain diseases. Additionally, by analyzing the entire structure, function, and evolution of an organism's genes, researchers may identify ways to prevent a disease from genetically passing disease traits.
At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans.
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
- Noul Inc. South Korea