Welcome to the fourth edition of our monthly newsletter with all updates and latest news regarding the SPOT-studies! The SPOT-studies aim to improve the care for women with preeclampsia in Ghana.
- To externally validate the fullPIERS and miniPIERS prediction models, and develop a simple, user friendly, numeric Severe Pre-eclampsia adverse Outcome Triage (SPOT) score to assist clinical decision making in severe early pre-eclampsia (SPOT-VAL).
- To quantify the relationship between fetal (and maternal) APOL1 status and preeclampsia and assess whether this can predict pre-eclampsia (SPOT-BIO).
- To understand the views on ‘good care’ of various stakeholders in the care of Hypertension Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP): health professionals, health management and pregnant women themselves.
- To assess impact of SPOT-score combined with shared-decision making tool implementation (SPOT-impact).
- To assess the incidence of mental health disorders among women with pregnancies complicated by an early HDP.
This month we are adding a few new members to our expanding SPOT team!
Introducing Winter Bruner
Want to know more about the SPOT-studies, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the SPOT-team, our partners, or how to collaborate with us?
Winter Bruner graduated from Judson College, US, in 2015, where she did research focused on molecular mechanisms involving regulation of DNA replication. Afterwards, she spent two years as a research assistant investigating immunopathogenesis of vulvovaginal candidiasis. Since 2017, she is doing the Integrated Biomedical Graduate program at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center (UTHSC) in the Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics track. Here, she will be working with Dr. Claire Simpson as a PhD student on both laboratory and computational aspects of the genomic research of the SPOT-project!
Introducing Salim Wangabi
Salim Wangabi is a consulting Clinical Psychologist at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and he is a member of the Ghana Psychological Association. Salim has worked with clients of all age groups on a variety of different mental health problems including depression, trauma and anxiety, neuropsychological disorders, addiction, eating disorders, and learning disabilities amongst other psychological disorders. To help ensure a wholistic health state in pregnant women, Salim is interested in assessing and providing therapeutic support for pregnant women in Ghana which is in line with the goals of The SPOT Studies.
Central to his practices are psychometric assessment and psychotherapy, research, teaching, consultation as well as program development and civic leadership.
Introducing Faridatu Njebla Abdulai
Dr Faridatu Njelba Abdulai attended the University of Ghana Medical School and started working as a clinician at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in 2008 at the Antiretroviral Clinic. In 2014, she was appointed as Head of the Department of Public Health after completing a Master’s in Public Health in the Netherlands.
She is interested in the control of infectious diseases and has worked with in the National HIV/AIDS Control Program, National TB Control Program, and the Regional Malaria and Expanded program on Immunization Programs.
She is currently the Municipal Director of health service for the Ayawaso East Municipal Health Directorate in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana and the Regional TB Coordinator.
She will be working within the SPOT studies on a research project as part of her specialisation training in Public Health.
Introducing Selorm Botwe
Selorm Botwe is a public health specialist and a Senior Resident of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She works as the Municipal Director of Health service for the Ga East Municipality in the Greater Accra Region and has experience in management and leadership within the Ghana Health Service. She has a master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Fellow of the University of Washington International Program in Public Health Leadership.
Her interests are health policy systems research with special emphasis on maternal and child health so she will pursue a research project within the SPOT studies!
The SPOT-studies website is live!
Visit the new website here: https://spotstudyghana.com/
Save The Date!!!
Preeclampsia: Vigilance in Screening, Diagnosis and Management
2nd Preeclampsia Scientific Meeting
May, 22nd 2019
(World Preeclampsia Day)
Accra, Ghana, West-Africa
Articles in the SPOTlight
In this interesting article, they found that higher incidences of adverse perinatal outcomes occurred among women with pregnancy-induced hypertension in comparison to normotensive women.
Have a look at this comprehensive systematic review of 82 studies regarding the prevalence of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in Africa.
Research assistants and nurses have been recruited and trained for the recruitment, fetal sample collection and follow up in Ridge, Korle-Bu, La General and Koforidua.
As a result we have recruited enough women for the first of the SPOT-studies: SPOT-VAL! Follow up of these women is still ongoing, and analysis of the data is anticipated to start the first half of 2020.
Ridge Hospital: 360 women 116 women
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital: 240 women 53 women
La General Hospital: 169 women 57 women
Lekma Hospital: 17 women
Tema Hospital: 41 women
Koforidua: 13 women 40 women
Total: 840 women 266 women
Target: 840 women 800 women
Soon we will start with the recruitment of the normotensive control group which includes 1600 normotensive women.
Meet the SPOT-studies team
Ghana Health Services, Accra, Ghana
- Dr. Emmanuel K. Srofenyoh, MBChB MPhil FWACS
- Dr. Fred Pobee, MBChB FWACS
- Dr. Sylvia Deganus, MBChB MPH FWACS
- Dr. Hellen Akaba, MBChB MPH FWACS
- Dr. Ama Tamatey, MBChB FWACS
- Dr. Patrick Aboagye, MB-BCH MPH Dip. RH
- Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah, MBChB MBA FWACS
- Prof. Dr. Irene Agyepong, MBChB PhD
- Dr. Evelyn K. Ansah, MBChB PhD
- Dr. Edward Antwi, MBChB PhD
- Dr. Phidelia Ladje Pinto, MBChB
- Dr. Maame Yaa Essel, MBChB
- Mr. Nana K.A. Ampofo, BSc
- M. Salim S. Wangabi, MPhil
- Dr. Faridatu Njelba Abdulai, MBChB FWACS
- Dr. Selorm Botw, MBChB FWACS
UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
- Dr. Joyce Browne, MD PhD
- Prof. Dr. Diederick Grobbee, MD PhD FESC
- Dr. Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, PhD
- Prof. Dr. Arie Franx, MD PhD
- Drs. Klaartje Olde Loohuis, MD
- Dr. Marcus Rijken, MD PhD
- Dr. Rieke van der Graaf, PhD
- Bridgett Pratt
- Ms. Ilja van der Geest, Ms. Tessa van Otterloo, Ms. Lisa Kraneburg, Ms. Connie Rees
- Ms. Daily Krijnen, BSc
- George Downward
- Daniel Boateng
- Jan Godthelp
KIT, Royal Tropical Institute
- Dr. Noor Tromp, PhD
- Drs. Irene de Vries, MD MA
- Prof. Dr. Gerard Visser, MD PhD
Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
- Dr. Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, MD MPhil FWACS, University of Ghana Medical School
- Mrs. Beatrice Dwumfour Williams (joint collaboration with APECGH)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
University of Tennessee (APOL1 substudy)
- Dr. Claire Simpson, PhD
- Prof. Robert Davis, MD MPH
- Ms. Alana Tonya Smith, BSc, Sr. Research Assistant
- Ms. Winter Bruner, BSc, Graduate Research Assistant
H3Africa Kidney Network
- Dr. Vincent Boima, MBChB
- Dr. Dwoama Adu, MBChB
- Dr. Charlotte Osafo, MBChB
University of Ghana, Noguchi
- Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, MBChB PhD
- Dr. Daniel Arhinful, PhD
- Dr. Hannah Brown Amoakoh (joint collaboration with UMCU)
- Chris Andrew Yebuah
- Sedzro Kojo Mensah
- Martin Agbodzi
University of Amsterdam
(Quality of care)
- Dr. Bregje de Kok, PhD
- Dr. Trudie Gerrits, PhD
- Ms. Asra Vestering, MD MA
- Ms. Sasha Kruger, MA
Action on Preeclampsia Ghana
- Mrs. Koiwah Koi-Larbi Ofosuapea
- Dr. Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, PhD
- Dr. Dorotheah Oribi, PhD