The KBNF Education Committee is very pleased to have hosted Professor Richard Gyasi, Head of the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for 6.5 weeks in October and November. He enhanced his knowledge of brain pathology and the techniques required to study it at the Vancouver General Hospital, under the direction of neuropathologists Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Dr. Wayne Moore.
Because of already available equipment at KBTH, Professor Gyasi will be able to institute new procedures in studying the brains of Ghanaian individuals suspected of having died of neurological disorders, as well as bringing greater knowledge to the interpretation of microscopic slides of brain tumours. He now has a friendly “Vancouver connection” that he will be able to consult for his more difficult cases, via the Internet.
Professor Gyasi’s visit to Vancouver was made possible by Dr. Felix Durity, who worked through a lot of institutional red tape, by the support of his colleagues at KBTH and the University of Ghana. It is the expectation of the KBNF Education Committee that this type of educational experience can be replicated every year, helping to enhance Ghanaian and West African expertise in many neuroscience related disciplines.