Oxford Brookes Biology Researchers engage with the University of Ghana

Friday, 17 January 2020

Jack Sunter

Prof Sue Vaughan and Dr Jack Sunter at Oxford Brookes with Theresa Manful-Gwira at the University of Ghana organised a networking meeting at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). This two day meeting brought together African trypanosomiasis (a neglected tropical disease) experts from West Africa and Europe.

Prof Sue Vaughan and Dr Jack Sunter at Oxford Brookes with Theresa Manful-Gwira at the University of Ghana organised a networking meeting at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). This two day meeting brought together African trypanosomiasis (a neglected tropical disease) experts from West Africa and Europe. There were representatives from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the UN, the Ghanaian tsetse fly control unit and epidemiologists and cell biologists from Europe and West Africa. The meeting highlighted the progress that has been made in controlling these disease but also the challenges ahead. New connections were forged between the diverse participants that will be vital as we push towards elimination of this disease.

They also helped organise a course for postgraduate students at the West African Centre for the Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana in January 2020. This is a one week intensive course that will teach the students about the latest molecular cell biology approaches for the study of infectious pathogens. The course consists of a mixture of lectures from international researchers who are the leaders in their fields and computer based workshops.

Jack Sunter says, "It always great to come to WACCBIP and teach the enthusiastic students and see the progress they are making. It's a privilege to be part of the WACCBIP mission to improve research in West Africa'.