A paper based on the thesis work of Clement Opoku-Okrah has been published in International Journal of Laboratory Haematology. This paper describes the incidence of malaria and alpha-thalassemia in an Urban Ghanaian population and the protective effects of the alpha-thalassemia.

There is an ongoing collaboration between University of Westminster and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana where Clement has a lead role in the Department of Biomedicine.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the summer of 2013 when Professor John Appiah-Poku, Dean of KNUST, visited the University of Westminster, with the expectation of building further research collaborations in the future.

Opoku-Okrah C, Gordge M, Kweku Nakua E, Agbenyega T, Parry M, Robertson C, Smith CL. An investigation of the protective effect of alpha+-thalassaemia against severe Plasmodium falciparum amongst children in Kumasi, Ghana. Int J Lab Hematol. 2013 Jul 10. doi: 10.1111/ijlh.12122. [Epub ahead of print] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijlh.12122/full

Mike Gordge, Clement Opoku-Okrah & Caroline Smith

Clement with part of the supervisory team: Left to right Mike Gordge, Clement Opoku-Okrah & Caroline Smith.

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