The University of Ghana, College of Health Sciences in partnership with the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is working on the “Men of African Descent and Carcinoma of the Prostate” (MADCaP) project, with a mission to undertake research that will improve the understanding of the etiology, prevention, screening, and treatment of prostate cancer in men of African descent.
To do this, Prof. Edward Yeboah and other clinicians at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry are collaborating with Dr. Ann Hsing of Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine to recruit and collect biological and interview data from prostate cancer cases and controls.
The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast for the purpose of providing for and promoting university education, learning and research. With a current student population of about 29,754, the University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the six public Universities in Ghana. The University supports a number of health-oriented faculties, in the College of Health Sciences. The College of Health Sciences (CHS) is made up of the following institutions: School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) founded in 1923 is a 2,000 bed facility and is the premier health care facility in Ghana and serves close to 65% of the population in the city of Accra. It is the only tertiary hospital in the southern part of Ghana and it is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the School of Medicine and Dentistry University of Ghana. Three centers of excellence, the National Cardiothoracic Center, the National Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the National Radiotherapy Center are located at Korle-Bu.
For the prospective data collection effort in Ghana, over a four-year period of study subject recruitment, the Korle Bu study site will enroll 600 incident cases and 600 healthy controls.
Research Team at Korle-Bu:
Edward D. Yeboah
Chair of Urology Department at the University School of Medicine and Dentistr
Immediate Past Provost of the College of Health Sciences
Additional research team:
Richard B Biritwum Epidemiologist
Andrew A. Adjei Biochemist-Molecular Biologist
Richard K Gyasi Co-Investigator
Victoria Okyne Study Manager