Masaki Otagiri is currently a Professor and Dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sojo University. He graduated from Nagoya City University with a PhD Degree in 1975. In 1980, he joined the Pharmaceutics Department of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University as an Associate Professor and then promoted to Professor of Biopharmaceutics Department, Kumamoto University in 1983. After his retirement from Kumamoto University in 2009, he was appointed as Professor of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sojo University, Kumamoto, Japan.
I have made seminal contributions to generating knowledge in the area of biomechanics. Since joining the University in 2009, and have contributed to several research programmes and have led a number of research projects funded under FP7, Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK. Through these projects I has developed a network of International collaborators and currently supervise several early career researchers. I have an inspiring international research and innovation profile. Combined with my work in conjunction with the industry and the number of IPs that I holds, I have played a crucial role in establishing the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technology at the University. I lead the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Sciences, an award within the School of Life Sciences and Education. As a Chartered Engineer, I am involved with the relevant professional societies, serve in the editorial panel of international research journals and act as an expert reviewer for national and international funding bodies.
Dr F I D Konotey-Ahulu MD (Lond) FRCP (Lond) FRCP (Glasg) FWACP DTMH(L’pool) FGA, was born in the Manya Krobo tribe in Ghana. He was educated in Basel/Presbyterian Mission Schools, and Achimota School where he took the Cambridge School Certificate (Grade I) and the London Matriculation (1st Division). He went to the University College, Gold Coast, then to London University where he read Medicine (University College London & Westminster Hospital School of Medicine) graduating MB BS, MRCS LRCP in April/May 1959. After full registration in the UK he joined the Ghanaian Civil Service as a Medical Officer. Post-graduate studies took him to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Westminster Hospital, The Royal Postgraduate Medical School Hammersmith, and Professor (later Dame) Sheila Sherlock's Department of Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital London where he was Research Fellow. He then went back to Ghana to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and University of Ghana Medical School where he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer. He researched into Clinical Haemoglobinopathy and, together with Professor Bela Ringelhann (Hungary), Professor Hermann Lehmann (Cambridge), and others, he made several discoveries including Haemoglobin Korle-Bu and Haemoglobin Osu-Christiansborg. He was Physician Specialist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Ridge Hospital Accra, and Director of the erstwhile Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics. In 1972 he was National Foundation/March of Dimes Visiting Lecturer to 11 American Medical Schools including Yale, George Washington, Howard, Cornell, Rockefeller, Indianapolis, Chicago, Tennessee, and Johns Hopkins. In the UK he was Schofield Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge (1970-71) and in 1976 he gave the MacArthur Postgraduate Lecture at the University of Edinburgh. He has given lectures in Turkey, Brazil, Greece, Singapore, Australia, India, Hungary, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden (Stockholm), and on the African continent he has lectured in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Egypt. He has done Grand Rounds at the NIH (Bethesda), George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, Howard University, Illinois and Chicago Universities, and in Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He was once Editor of the Ghana Medical Journal, Chairman of a Ghanaian Government Committee to investigate Hospital Fees, Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Human Genetics, and a temporary Consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat's Medical Department in London. In March 1980, he was the University of Ghana Alumni Lecturer on the subject "Genes and Society, and Society and Genes". He was Annual Visiting Professor to Howard University College of Medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician to Howard University's Centre for Sickle Cell Disease, Washington DC.