Prof. Margaret Gyapong is the first black African woman to receive the EDCTP Award for Contribution to Science

Congratulations to Prof. Margaret Gyapong of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS). The Director of Health Research has quite a number of achievements.

Prof Margaret Gyapong can now boast of being the first black African woman to receive the Outstanding Female Scientist award from the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), a public-public partnership between countries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, supported by the European Union.



A proud old student of Aburi Girls Secondary School, Gyapong continues on to the University of Ghana to study for a BSc Home Science before getting an MSc Medical Anthropology from the Brunel University of West London in 1995. Between 1997 and 2000, she worked on her PhD in Cultural Epidemiology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She has over a hundred publications in peer reviewed journals to her credit.

Gyapong has a disciplinary background in Medical Anthropology and Cultural Epidemiology with a PhD from the University of Basel. Her interest has mainly been in the research and development of new medicines and vaccines against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. 

In the last 25 years, Professor Gyapong has risen through the ranks of the research ladder to become a seasoned and internationally renowned Scientist. In 2005, she was Director of the Dodowa Health Research Centre before making the big move to the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho Ghana in January 2017.

Prof Gyapong took the role the Director of the Institute for Health Research and has since coordinated research trials that have affected both national and international health policy and implementation.

In 2021, the professor of health ranked by the World Scientist and University Ranking 2021-AD Scientific Index 2021 as number 550 in Africa.

She hopes to set up a fund for brilliant, needy female students in memory of her late mother, Madam Dora Gertrude Odey Quaye, and sponsor a prize for the Most Outstanding Female Scientist at UHAS, where she lectures with the proceeds of this award.

Congratulations, Madam Margaret Gyapong. We look forward to greater and bigger works from you.

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