Prof Gyapong appointed Vice-Chancellor of UHAS

Prof. John Owusu-Gyapong (1)The Governing Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, has appointed Prof. John Owusu Gyapong as the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University.

Professor Gyapong takes over from the first Vice-Chancellor of the UHAS, Professor Fred Newton Binka, whose term of office comes to an end on July 31, 2016.

Professor Gyapong’s appointment to the position was as a result of recommendation of a 10-member search Committee which unanimously put his name forward for the position.

A statement issued by Dr. Cynthia Kpeglo, the Registrar of UHAS said the new VC is a professor of Epidemiology.

Until his appointment he was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Innovation and Development, University of Ghana, the statement, copied The Ghanaian Times in Accra, said.

Professor Gyapong obtained an MB ChB degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1987.  He undertook his postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, England where he earned an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries in 1993, and later a Ph.D in Epidemiology, 1997, the statement indicated.

The statement said, he is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Professor Gyapong has to his credit, 108 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, authored one book, contributed chapters in eight books, over 50 Technical Reports, and made over 300 presentations at Scientific Conferences.

Currently, he is in his second term as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, responsible for facilitating the development of the University’s strategic plan and business plans and developing policies and guidelines for the management of research within the University of Ghana.

“Under his leadership the Office of Research Innovation and Development (ORID), raised $20million dollars per annum for research over the last four years.  He initiated the flagship annual Research Report which has given the University of Ghana increased global visibility.”

Prior to joining the University of Ghana, Prof. Gyapong worked in several capacities at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) rising through the service career system to become the Director, Research and Development, Ministry of Health and the GHS from 2000 to 2010.

At the national level, the statement said, he is the Chairman of the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority Clinical Trials Technical Committee and a member of the Governing Council of Trinity Theological Seminary.

Outside the University, Prof. Gyapong has had a wide and varied international experience and exposure, providing expert service as Technical Advisor to several national and international organisations and institutions some of which he chaired.

These include The World Bank; World Health Organisation and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) culminating into his appointment as a Commissioner to the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health, an independent academic research initiative managed in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute.

“Prof. Gyapong is an excellent scholar who has over the years established an enviable international reputation as a researcher, practitioner and mentor in his area of specialisation,” it stated

“He is dynamic, a visionary and an effective leader capable of consolidating the gains of the last four years in achieving the ultimate goal of transforming the University of Health and Allied Sciences into a pre-eminent research and practically oriented health educational institution dedicated to community service”, the statement added.

By Times Reporter

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