Team

SPOT-study consortium

The SPOT-study consortium consists of investigators from Ghana, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada:

Ghana Health Services, Accra, Ghana
Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh, MBChB MPhil FWACS
Dr. Fred Pobee, MBChB FWACS
Dr. Sylvia Deganus, MBChB MPH FWACS
Dr. Helen Akaba, MBChB MPH FWACS
Dr. Tamatey, MBChB FWACS
Dr. Patrick Aboagye, MB-BCH MPH Dip. RH
Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah, MBChB MBA FWACS
Prof. Dr. Irene Agyepong, MBChB PhD
Dr. Maame Yaa Essel, MBChB
Mr. Nana Ampofo, BSc
M. Salim S. Wangabi, MPhil
Dr. Faridatu Njelba Abdulai, MBChB FWACS
Dr. Selorm Botw, MBChB FWACS

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital/University of Ghana Medical School:
Dr. Kwame Adu-Bosaffoh, MD MPhil FWACS
Ms Beatrice Dwumfour Williams (joint collaboration with APECGH)

H3Africa Kidney Network (APOL1 substudy)
Dr. Vincent Boima, MBChB
Dr. Dwoama Adu, MBChB
Dr. Charlotte Osafo, MBChB

UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Joyce Browne, MD PhD
Drs. Klaartje Olde Loohuis, MD AIGT
Dr. Hannah Brown-Amoakoh, MBChB PhD
Prof. Dr. Diederick Grobbee, MD PhD FESC
Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, PhD
Prof. Dr. Arie Franx, MD PhD
Dr. Rieke van der Graaf, PhD
Dr. Marcus Rijken, MD PhD
Ms. Ilja van der Geest, Ms. Tessa van Otterloo, Ms. Lisa Kranenburg, Ms. Connie Rees, Ms. Daily Krijnen
George Downward
Daniel Boateng
Jan Godthelp

University of Tennessee (APOL1 substudy)
Dr. Claire Simpson, PhD
Prof. Robert Davis, MD MPH
Ms. Alana Tonya Smith, BSc, Sr. Research Assistant
Ms. Winter Bruner, BSc, Graduate Research Assistant

University of Ghana, Noguchi:
Dr. Hannah Brown-Amoakoh, MBChB PhD
Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, MBChB PhD
Dr. Daniel Arhinful, PhD
Chris Andrew Yeboah
Sedzro Kojo Mensah
Martin Agbodzi

University of Amsterdam:
Dr. Bregje de Kok, PhD
Sasha Kruger, MA
Dr. Trudie Gerrits, PhD
Asra Vestering, MD MA

University of British Columbia:
Dr. Beth Payne, PhD

Royal Tropical Institue (KIT):
Dr. Noor Tromp, PhD
Irene de Vries, MD AIGT MAMs Beatrice Dwumfour Williams

Action on Preeclampsia Ghana (APEC-GH):
Mrs. Koiwah Koi-Larbi Ofosuapea
Dr. Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, PhD
Dr. Dorotheah Oribi, PhD

Share-Net:
Ms Meike Stieglis

FIGO
Prof. Dr. Gerard Visser, MD PhD


Meet the SPOT-study Principal Investigators

Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh MB ChB FWACS MPhil HSM

Based in: Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) 

(Professional) Background: Dr Srofenyoh is the medical director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, and is also a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.  

Role in SPOT Study: Dr Srofenyoh functions as one of the leading principal investigators for the SPOT study in Ghana. 

Email me: emmanuelsrofenyoh[@]gmail.com

Dr. Joyce Browne MD PhD

Based in: University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), Utrecht, the Netherlands

(Professional) Background:  Dr. Browne is a medical doctor and epidemiologist. Her research focusses on the persistent global inequities in reproductive, maternal and perinatal health. She is currently an assistant professor of global health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMCU.  

Role in SPOT Study: Dr Browne also functions as one of the leading principal investigators of the SPOT study in the Netherlands.  

Email me: j.l.browne[@]umcutrecht.nl

 

Dr. Robert Davis MD MPH

Based in: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA 

(Professional) Background: Dr. Davis is currently the Governor’s Chair of Biomedical Informatics at UTHSC. He is trained as an epidemiologist and pediatrician, and has worked in the fields of medication safety during pregnancy and in vaccine safety and effectiveness. 

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Davis functions as one of the principal investigators of the SPOT-BIO study within the overall SPOT study.  

Email me: rdavis88[@]uthsc.edu

Dr. Claire Simpson PhD

Based in: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA 

(Professional) Background: Dr. Simpson is currently an assistant professor in genetics, genomics and informatics at the University of Tennessee. She holds a PhD in neurogenetics.  

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Simpson is also one of the principal investigators of the SPOT-BIO study within the overall SPOT study.  

Email me: csimps17[@]uthsc.edu



Meet the SPOT-study Local Principal Investigators


Dr. Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh MB ChB MPhil FWACS

Based in: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Bonsaffoh is a lecturer and consultant obstetrician/ gynaecologist working at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Bonsaffoh is the local principal investigator in charge of SPOT study activities taking place at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Email me: bonsaffoh[@]yahoo.com

Dr. Frederickson Pobee MB ChB FWACS

Based in: Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge), Accra Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Pobee is a …

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Pobee is the local principal investigator in charge of  SPOT study activities taking place at Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge). 

Email me: fredericksonpobee[@]yahoo.com

Dr. Helen Akaba MD MPH FWACS

Based in: Lekma General Hospital, Accra, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Akaba is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist working at Lekma General Hospital. She also holds a Masters degree in public health, and is the acting regional coordinator for Maternal and Reproductive Health in the Greater Accra Region. 

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Akaba is the local principal investigator in charge of activities at Lekma General Hospital.  

Email me: akabanoyo[@]yahoo.com

Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah MD MBA MBChB FWACS

Based in: Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Boamah is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and is currently serving as the medical director of Easter Regional Hospital. 

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Boamah is the local principal investigator in charge of  SPOT study activities taking place at Eastern Regional Hospital.

Email me: kanimboamah[@]yahoo.com

Dr. Ama Tamatey MB ChB FWACS

Based in: La General Hospital, and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Tamatey is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and was head of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at La General Hospital.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Tamatey is the local principal investigator in charge of  SPOT study activities taking place at Tema General Hospital.  

Email me:

Dr. Phidelia Ladje Pinto MBChB

Based in: La General Hospital, Accra, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Pinto is currently working as a General Practitioner at La General Hospital.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Pinto is the local principal investigator in charge of SPOT study activities taking place at La General Hospital.

Email me: Mispinto15[@]gmail.com

Dr. Sylvia Deganus MD MPH FWACS

Based in: Tema General Hospital, Tema, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Deganus is a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Public Health Physician with over 25 years experience in Safe motherhood and in other Reproductive health issues. Presently she is head of the Obstetric and Gynaecology Unit at the Tema General Hospital, Tema, Ghana. 

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Deganus is the local principal investigator in charge of  SPOT study activities taking place at Tema General Hospital. 

Email me: sdeganus[@]yahoo.com


Study Coordinators

Mr. Nana Kwame Asare Ampofo BSc

(Professional) Background: Mr. Ampofo obtained his Bachelor degree in information science & sociology. After, he started his career as a clinical research associate.

Role in SPOT Study: Mr. Ampofo is functioning as a research coordinator.

Email me: ampofotoday[@]gmail.com

Dr. Maame Yaa Essel MD MBChB MPH

(Professional) Background: Dr. Essel is a public health physician and also a research coordinator GARH. She has had work experience in public health for 2 years.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Essel is functioning as a research coordinator.

Email me: dr.mya_essel[@]yahoo.com


Research Assistants

Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge)

Cordelia

Racheal

Bright

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Albert

Amos

Stephen

La General Hospital

Mary-Rose

Evans

 

Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua

Sara

David

 

The SPOT-studies have benefitted tremendously from the energy and dedication of our interns. Therefore, a special thank you to: Ilja van der Geest, Connie Rees, Asra Vestering, Lisa Kraneburg, Daily Krijnen and Mona Zeevaert!


Please note: this page will be updated regularly, to reflect the addition of new members of our team. 

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