• ASBCB 2019. The ISCB and ASBCB are coming together to host the joint Conference on Bioinformatics in Kumasi, Ghana, November 11 - 15, 2019. This constitutes the 6th joint ISCB-ASBCB meeting, and the 7th ASBCB conference on Bioinformatics of African Pathogens, Hosts and Vectors.

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Solomon Ofori-Acquah, PhD

Professor Ofori-Acquah was appointed Dean of the School of Biomedical and Allied HealthSciences, University of Ghana in January 2017, and Associate Professor of Medicine andHuman Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2013. He is Director of the West AfricanGenetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), and Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Networkof Africa (SickleGenAfrica). Professor Ofori-Acquah was born in Cape Coast. He attendedAdisadel College from 1977-1984 where he was the Cadet Corps Sargent Major. He migrated toEngland in 1985 to pursue higher education; he obtained a Higher National Certificate inHematology and Blood Transfusion in 1989 and Part 1 Fellowship of the Institute of BiomedicalSciences in 1990, MSc in Bio-molecular Organization from Birkbeck College, University ofLondon in 1992, and PhD in Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, University of London in2000. He conducted postdoctoral studies on missense RNA therapy for sickle cell disease(SCD) at the University of South Alabama; he was Scholar of the Comprehensive Sickle CellCenter and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of SouthAlabama. He joined Emory University as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2007 and theUniversity of Pittsburgh in 2013 as Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine.

Professor Ofori-Acquah's research is focused on pathogenesis, genomics and innovativetherapy in SCD. His seminal publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2013 definedheme as a danger molecule involved in sterile inflammation in SCD and established the firstmouse model of the Acute Chest Syndrome. His research has continuously been funded by theNIH and other funding agencies since 2004. He has authored over 60 research papers, reviewsand book chapters, and mentored over 30 Junior Scientists, Physicians and Students. He is anExpert NIH Reviewer with service on multiple committees focused on Respiratory Biology, Hematology and Genomics. He was Chair of the Laboratory Sub-Committee of the GhanaNational Technical Advisory Committee for Newborn Screening in 2011-2013, and a FoundingExecutive Member and Inaugural Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Ghana BiomedicalConvention. He was Vice-President and President of the Ghana Biomedical Convention in 2012and 2013 respectively, and in 2016 received an Appreciation Award as Founder of the GhanaBiomedical Convention. As Director of WAGMC, he is spearheading efforts to train the firstcohort of postgraduate genetic counsellors and medical genetics scientists in West Africareflecting his continued efforts to promote all aspects of biomedical science in the region.
Solomon Ofori-Acquah, PhD
Dean, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences
University of Ghana


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