Ewurama Addy lecture held at Legon

The Department of Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology of the University of Ghana last Thursday held a memorial lecture in memory of the late Professor Mariam Ewurama Addy, a year after her death.

The lecture on the topic “Evidence Based Research into Plant Medicine: The Mariam Ewurama Addy factor”, was to celebrate the late Professor Ewurama Addy’s contribution to the department and the school in general.

The lecture discussed some research works undertaken by the late Professor of Biochemistry and her role as a trainer, mentor of a cadre of scientists who will continue with her legacy and the way forward for the department.

Delivering the lecture, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy of the university, Professor Alexander Nyarko, challenged the department to emulate the heroics of Professor Addy to place the school on a higher pedestal where she envisioned it to be.

As part of Professor Addy’s factors into plant medicine research, Prof Nyarko said the late professor was committed to the reformation of the herbal medicine sector where she worked extensively on her research.

He noted that the late professor shared her skills and expertise and was bold on charting a new course at a time research into plant medicine generated no interest at the department.

He said the former National Science and Mathematics quiz mistress stood for discipline, a reason for her numerous recognitions across the globe in her field of study.

Professor Nyarko said his former lecturer provided positive guidance and mentorship to her students, earned respect of her colleagues and was an accomplisher of goals in her field.

As part of her contributions to the development of science and technology in Ghana, her role as the hostess of the popular weekly National Science and Mathematics quiz mistress was a motivational factor to many young ladies to venture into the study of science, Professor Nyarko stated.

He said though Professor Addy would be remembered for her work on how herbal medicine reacts to diabetes and asthma and the findings, there was an unfinished business in a sector where standardisation, medication guidelines and branding remained a major challenge.

Lack of documentation of results and composition of herbal medicine by practitioners, he said, was a challenge to plant medicine practices in Ghana, an area the late Ewurama Addy was so concerned about.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, in his remarks, said the late lecturer was a genius who helped in reforming the department during her times as head of the department between 1988-1991 and 1993-1998.

He said Professor Addy exhibited professionalism and hardwork during her time both as lecturer and head of the department.

He advised academia and the school to learn from the life of Professor Addy for the development of the university.

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