Dr. Richard A. Akuffo MSc, PhD


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NAME: Akuffo, Richard Adjei

eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login): RAKUFFO

POSITION TITLE: Research Scientist

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)


University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana BSc 05/2006 Zoology

University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana MPhil 12/2009 Health Informatics

University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana PhD 07/2020 Epidemiology

A. Personal Statement

I have a background in health informatics and epidemiology, with specific training and expertise in disease surveillance, project management, and monitoring and evaluation of global health projects. I have experience with the design and implementation of research projects targeting respiratory infections such as influenza and skin diseases, particularly cutaneous leishmaniasis, Haemophilus Ducreyi, buruli ulcer, and yaws.

B. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

2020-2022 Medical and Scientific Research Fellow (part time), University of Ghana Medical Center

2017-2017 Public Health Agency Internship, Geneva, Switzerland

2016-2016 Part-time Data Analyst, Institute of Research and Development (IRD), Noguchi Memorial Institute

for Medical Research

2012-date Research Officer, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of


2012-2015 Part-time Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Ghana

2012-2013 Consultant, Global Disease Detection and Response Program (GDDRP) Cairo projects in Ghana

2009-2012 Research Coordinator/Data Manager, US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3(NAMRU3) Ghana Detachment

C. Selected Publications

Jones AH, Ampofo W, Akuffo R, Doman B, Duplessis C, Amankwa JA, Sarpong C, Sagoe K, Agbenohevi P, Puplampu N, Armah G, Koram KA, Nyarko EO, Bel-Nono S, Dueger EL. Sentinel surveillance for influenza among severe acute respiratory infection and acute febrile illness inpatients at three hospitals in Ghana. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2016 Sep;10(5):367-74. doi: 10.1111/irv.12397. Epub 2016 Jun 30. PMID: 27239956; PMCID: PMC4947945.

Akuffo, R., Sanchez, C., Chicharro, C., Carrillo, E., Attram, N., Mosore, M.-T., Yeboah, C., Kotey, N. K., Boakye, D., Ruiz-Postigo, J.-A., Moreno, J., Wilson, M., Sarfo, B., & Anto, F. (2021). Detection of cutaneous leishmaniasis in three communities of Oti Region, Ghana. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 15(5), e0009416. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009416