Vector-borne infectious disease research group (VBID-RG)
WELCOME TO THE Vector-borne infectious disease research group
Our research is focused on understanding the complex host-parasite-vector interactions in order to provide innovative ways that can be exploited for disease control.
about the RESEARCH group
Our research is focused on understanding the complex host-parasite-vector interactions in order to provide innovative ways that can be exploited for disease control. We are committed to improving the overall health of individuals and communities who are affected by vector-borne diseases. Currently we study malaria, Cutaneous leishmaniasis and Trypanosomiasis. We are really passionate and excited about what we do and warmly welcome you to explore more of our research on this platform and our social media channels. Read more
As international efforts towards malaria elimination increase, accurate data on transmission intensity will be crucial for directing control efforts, developing and testing new interventions, as well as predicting the effects of these interventions under various conditions. However, current tools; the entomological inoculation rate, parasite infection and serological measures have limitations in either sensitivity at low-level transmission or lack the inherent ability to track short-term changes. Again changes measured by these traditional tools reflect either parasite or vector exposure but not both. Read more
The overarching goal of the study is to validate novel malaria infectious-bite marker as a simple straightforward sero-surveillance tool to identify ‘hotspots’ and ‘hotpops’ for targeted interventions to yield maximum community-wide benefits.
This will be three -time point longitudinal community based survey at quarterly intervals cutting across both dry and rainy season. Serological, parasitological and entomological as well as demographic data will be collected at household level. The study will not discriminate participants in terms of age or gender but a representation of all age groups except infants of less than 6months where maternal antibodies drive immune response rather than exposure will be excluded. Blood samples from finger prick will be taken from an average of 4 people per household from 100 households per community. Read more
Call: Career Development Fellowship (CDF)
Start Date: 2018-07-01
End Date: 2021-06-30
Project Code: TMA2016CDF1605
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Kingsley Badu (BSc., MPhil, PhD)
Principal Investigator, VBID-RG
Dr. Kingsley Badu is a lecturer at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology at KNUST. He is the Principal Investigator of the Vector-borne Infectious Diseases Research group at the Dept of Theoretical and Applied Biology. Dr Badu holds an M.Phil in Clinical Microbiology and a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Biology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana.