As an international platform for biomedical research, KCCR’s modus operandi is based on the close collaboration between KNUST School of Medical Sciences (SMS), Ghana, and the Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg, Germany. The centre is open to all scientists of other institutions, the only prerequisite is that the respective project includes a Ghanaian partner.

The main objective of the centre is to develop a series of world standard research programs through the acquisition of research grants. Within this context, the development of training facilities and educational programs for Ghanaian postgraduates and technical staff is a priority.

As a result of our continued effort in pursuit of this objective, KCCR was designated as an African Network for Diagnosis and Drug Discovery Innovation (ANDi) centre of excellence for applied biomedical research in 2011. This is in addition to the centre’s recognition as a WHO reference laboratory for Buruli Ulcer diagnosis. Our objective is to bring both the scientists and their ideas in this network and platform to conduct research in tropical diseases.

How to start a collaboration with KCCR?

Before a prospective scientist or a collaborator decides to work on the KCCR platform, advice could be sought in the areas of scientific relevance of project topics, potential collaboration, ethical clearance, cost and other logistics. The Committee for Human Research and Publication of the KNUST has an ethical approval form that can be obtained from KCCR or downloaded. Upon completion, this has to be submitted to the Director of KCCR for onward submission to the CHRPE. Feasibility or pilot studies which may lead into short-term study or long term project can also be discussed with KCCR.