West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases (WACCBIP)
In response to the World Bank’s call for proposals for African Centres of Excellence, the University of Ghana proposed the establishment of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at Legon. The proposal was led by faculty from the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB), and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), with support from staff of the University of Ghana Computing Systems (UGCS).
After two rounds of evaluation, including review of the written proposal and a site visit to evaluate existing infrastructure and interview the project leader, the World Bank accepted the proposal for the establishment of WACCBIP in November 2013. Subsequently, the World Bank committed $8 million to support WACCBIP through a financing agreement with the Government of Ghana.
WACCBIP seeks to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and control of tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa by providing advanced-level training and research excellence in cell and molecular biology.
In their quest to foster world-class post-graduate training and disease research within the sub-region, they seek to:
train high-level health professionals & biomedical scientists on cell & molecular biology of tropical diseases through short courses, MPhil, PhD and Postdoctoral programmes;
serve as a core facility with state-of-the-art biomedical laboratories to support tropical diseases research;
establish a Biomedical High-Performance Computing Unit to support teaching, research, and dissemination of information; and to
increase research output & innovation by enhancing collaboration among biomedical scientists and industry partners.See more