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. Akoto Ampaw , MD
Dr. David Hanson, MD
Dr. Vinkpenubar Francis Wuobar, MD
Dr. Patrick Aboagye, MB-BCH MPH Dip. RH
Prof. Dr. Irene Agyepong, MBChB PhD
Dr. Evelyn K. Ansah, MBChB PhD
Dr. Abena Odurowaa Yeboah, MBChB
Mr. Nana Ampofo, BSc
Ms Michelle Baah
Dr. Lucy Linda Yevoo
Mr. Salim S. Wangabi, MPhil
Dr. Faridatu Njelba Abdulai, MBChB FWACS
Dr. Selorm Botwe, MBChB FWACS

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital/University of Ghana Medical School:
Dr. Kwame Adu-Bosaffoh, MD MPhil FWACS
Mrs. 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
Dr. 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. Bridgett Pratt, PhD
Dr. Marcus Rijken, MD PhD
Dr. Rieke van der Graaf, PhD
Dr. George Downward, MBChB PhD
Dr. Daniel Boateng
Jan Godthelp
Ms. Tessa van Otterloo, Ms. Lisa Kranenburg, Ms. Connie Rees, Ms. Daily Krijnen

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

University of Ghana, Noguchi:
Dr. Hannah Brown-Amoakoh, MBChB PhD(joint affiliation with UMCU)
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
Dr. Irene de Vries, MD AIGT MAMs

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

(Professional) Background: Dr Frederickson Pobee is a medical doctor, a senior specialist, Obstetrician/Gynaecologist whose interest areas are in fetomaternal medicine. He also holds an MBA in Health Service Management. He is currently the head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also the head of discipline(Obstetrics & Gynecology) Accra College of Medicine.

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. Arko Akoto-Ampaw

Based in: Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, Eastern Region – Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Arko Akoto- Ampaw is a Specialist Public Health Physician, Epidemiologist and Disease Control Officer with about 20 years of practice as a medical practitioner; of which 14 years have been in top management. He has devoted his practice to public service working with the Ghana Health Service. He is currently the Medical Director in charge of the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua; a 429-bed secondary referral hospital in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is also the focal person for emergency response for Eastern Regional Health Directorate.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Akoto- Ampaw is one of the principal investigators of the SPOT study in the Eastern Region of Ghana.  

Email me: mfarko[@]gmail.com

Dr. Francis V. Wuobar MD MGCPS/MWACS

Based in: Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Dr. Wuobar is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and is currently pursuing an MPH. He is interested in quality of care for maternal and newborn care and research that seeks to improve outcomes for maternal and newborn health

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

Email me: drwuobar@gmail.com

Dr. Seth Hansen-Garshong
MBChB, MWACS, MGCPS, MpH, cert HAMS, cert Global health (LMH)

Based in: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

(Professional) Background: Specialist obstetrician gynaecologist. Former head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology department Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua, Ghana. Senior Resident Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, KBTH.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Seth Hansen-Garshong functions on the study as a local principal investigator.


Meet SPOT Study Coordinators

Mr. Nana Kwame Asare Ampofo BSc

(Professional) Background: Mr. Ampofo obtained his Bachelors degree in information science & sociology. After, he started his career as a clinical research associate. Mr Ampofo is currently pursing a Masters in Public Health.

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

Email me: ampofotoday[@]gmail.com

Dr. Abena Odurowaa Yeboah, MBChB

(Professional) Background: Dr Yeboah is a physician with about 3 years experience in clinical work with a keen interest in public health and research. Dr Yeboah is currently pursing a Masters in Public health.

Role in SPOT Study: Dr. Yeboah functions as the Medical Research coordinator on the SPOT study.

Email me: odurowaayeboah@gmail.com

Administrator

Ms. Michelle Otemah Baah 

(Professional) Background: Michelle Otemah Baah obtained her diploma in public administration and has a keen interest in law and psychology. .

Role in SPOT Study: Michelle Otemah Baah functions as an administrative assistant on the SPOT Study.

Email me:baahmichelle1@gmail.com


Research Assistants

Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge)

Abigail Togeh (Lead RA)

Rose Antwi

Ivana Ellis Anoha

Evans Amevi

Wilhemina Ocquaye

Rhodalyn koranteng

Stella Amoakoah

Meek Vuwor

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Homadi Stephen (Lead RA)

Jacob Nakoja

Emelia Tawiah

Cindy N Antoson

Rose Fianko

Yvonne Aplerh- Doku

Tema General Hospital

Stella Bentil (Lead RA)

 Firdaus Tahir 

Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua

David Kwao (lead RA)

Akrong Beatrice

Eleeza-Klu Melody

Rita Agbesi

Lydia Opare

Esther Ohenewaa Kusah

Naomi Okyerebea Opoku


SPOT TEAM (ethnographic arm)

Based in: Anthropology Department, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

(Professional) Background:  Dr. de Kok is a medical anthropologist, although she has an interdisciplinary social science background. Her research focuses on the social aspects of reproduction, maternity, and care. She is currently an assistant professor at the Anthropology department, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  

Role in SPOT Study: Dr de Kok is co-lead of the ethnographic arm (with Dr. Daniel Arhinful) of the SPOT study in the Netherlands

Special message for SPOT Interns

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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