The Global Health Visiting Speaker Series brings experts from around the world to Washington University in St. Louis to speak on global health topics. This seminar, Building Capacity in Low-resource Regions to Catalyze Transformative Research, features Solomon F. Ofori-Acquah, PhD.
This event is free and open to everyone.
The goal of the presentation is for participants to be able to:
- Recognize the importance not only of local support but also persistent external engagement in establishing successful capacity building initiatives in Africa
- Assess the importance of capacity building in genomics in Africa to advance human health
About the speaker
Solomon F. Ofori-Acquah, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh; Director, West African Genetic Medicine Center (WAGMC), College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana
Dr. Ofori-Acquah’s research is focused on sickle cell disease (SCD). His group defined extracellular heme as a red cell alarmin that drives sterile inflammation to cause acute lung injury in SCD. The group is studying the role of this alarmin in the pathophysiology of multiple organ dysfunctions in SCD, and the potential of Nrf2 activators and novel recombinant heme oxygenase-1 molecules to neutralize its deleterious effects. Dr. Ofori-Acquah leads the SickleGenAfrica network as part of the H3Africa consortium with a genomics study focused on hemolysis among SCD patients in Africa. He is the founding director of WAGMC an African Centre of Excellence of Higher Education that is developing the first postgraduate programs in West Africa in human genetics.
Event Sponsors: Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health