Sociologist Michael White, Director of the PSTC, is the principal investigator on a recent project (supported by the NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Luce Foundation) in the ecologically-sensitive coastal zone of Ghana. White, together with Stephen McGarvey, director of Brown’s International Health Institute, has examined how social and demographic processes are linked to disease and environmental health risks, and how these in turn influence local thinking about environmental issues. This work has included colleagues at three institutions in Ghana: the University of Cape Coast, the University of Science and Technology, and the Navrongo Health Research Centre.
Awewura Kwara, a Ghanaian and an Assistant Professor at Brown Medical School in the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Medicine, has collaborations with faculty in the Department of Medicine, University of Ghana Medical School, where he trained. Kwara also has an NIH K23 career developmental grant for HIV/TB research, and part of the work is done with his collaborators in Ghana. The current collaboration between faculty at Brown and the University of Ghana Medical School has supported infrastructure development, training in study design and ethics in research, pharmacology and pharmacogenetics of HIV treatment. Training and visits are bilateral. This collaboration combines teaching, research, outreach, in program development could be expanded to public health, sociology, economics, political science and information technology.