Photo: Dr Seth Amponsah (left) receiving award from Professor Kwame Offei (Pro Vice-Chancellor - Academic and Student Affairs)
Dr Seth Amponsah, a recipient of a PhD scholarship under the DANIDA-funded programme Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries (BSU), has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Sciences.
The award ceremony which took place at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana, was to honour students who excelled during the 2015/2016 academic year.
Dr Amponsah graduated in November 2016 after successfully defending his winning thesis titled, “Amikacin treatment with or without aminophylline in neonates with suspected sepsis at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital: a pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics study”.
He was supervised by Professor George Obeng Adjei (School of Medicine and Dentistry, and currently Director of Research, UG), Professor Christabel Enweronu-Laryea (School of Medicine and Dentistry, UG), and Professor Jørgen Kurtzhals (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).
According to Dr Amponsah, the Department of Child Health at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has modified the amikacin dosing regimen for treating new-borns with infections, based on the findings from the data generated from his study.
BSU is a partnership between research and higher education institutions in developing countries and Danish universities aimed at strengthening the research capacity of universities in selected DANIDA priority countries. Since its inception in 2011, BSU has awarded PhD scholarships to 14 University of Ghana faculty and students of which 9 have already graduated. They have since returned to their posts to boost the University’s research and teaching output toward the aim of becoming a world-class research intensive university.