The Department of Chemical Pathology focuses on the study and investigation of the biochemical and molecular changes that occur as part of a disease process. The Department has highly motivated faculty supporting the mission and vision of the School of Medical Sciences. The mission of the Department is to advance the science and practice of chemical pathology by education, research and clinical service and is very active in the training of medical graduates.
The Department is also involved in the conduct of quality research and provision of laboratory services to the community and supports laboratory services at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Plans are underway to start a graduate programme in chemical pathology next academic year.
The Department, together with the University of Ghana (represented by the Department of Nutrition and Food Science), the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation (INF, USA), Ajinomoto Co., Inc (Japan), Plan Ghana, Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Pro-Ink, successfully completed a collaborative research titled “Trial for the Reduction of infant Undernutrition through Modified Feeding (TRIUMF) Project” to test the efficacy of a complementary food supplement in improving the growth and nutritional status of infants and young children in Ghana.
Current research activities are:
• Assessment of cardiovascular risk scores among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.
• Haematological and biochemical changes in People Living with Human Immunodeficiency virus infection in the Cape Coast Metropolis of Ghana.
• Influence of ABO blood groups on type 2 diabetes.
• Characterisation and comparison of PfEMP1 proteins mediating resetting in P. falciparum field isolates.
• Is PAPP-A abetter marker of placental health and foetal-maternal outcomes than AFP and hPL in pregnant women in the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital.
• Glycated haemoglobin and placental peptides as markers of gestational diabetes.
• Antidiabetic properties of selected tropical plants extracts in Ghana.
• Breast cancer epidemiology; studying the prevalence, pattern and distribution of neoplastic breast lesions in Ghanaian women.
• Predictive breast cancer therapy modeling, targeting breast cancer management; tailoring cancer treatment to match the needs of the individual patient.
• Developing a simple, safe, light-based breast cancer management; tailoring cancer treatment to match the needs of the individual patient.
• Developing a simple, safe, light-based breast cancer screening tool for use in Africa.
• Effect of dietary vegetable oil consumption on blood glucose levels, lipid profile and weight in diabetic mice: An experimental case –control study. Robert A. Ngala1, Isaac Ampong1, Samuel Asamoah Sakyi1, 2, Enoch Odame Anto1,
Ngala et al. BMC Nutrition (2016) 2:28