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Dr Abena Amoah

BA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My background is in biomedical research with an MSc in Epidemiology from LSHTM. I completed a PhD in Immunoepidemiology from the University of Leiden in 2014 with research focused on the relationship between parasitic worm (helminth) infections and the allergic immune response. I have experience working in the field of biomedical research in the United States, Ghana, Malawi and the Netherlands. I am in the Department of Population Health, Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health and I am based overseas at the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) in Malawi. I am the Science Programme Manager at MEIRU's rural campus in Chilumba, Karonga District where I oversee the coordination and implementation of all research activities. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Research

My research interests revolve around how changing enviromental exposures associated with urbanisation may influence the human immune system. Of particular interest has been exposures to parasitic worm (helminth) infections and how these influence the pathogenesis of noncommunicable diseases in urban and rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also interested in understanding the role of other factors and immune mechanisms.  

Research Area
Diagnostics
Helminths
Hygiene
Parasites
Global Health
Migration
Discipline
Immunoepidemiology
Epidemiology
Immunology
Parasitology
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Allergy
Asthma
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Non-communicable diseases
Schistosomiasis
Soil-transmitted helminths
Country
Ghana
Malawi
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Sensitive diagnostic tools and targeted drug administration strategies are needed to eliminate schistosomiasis.
Amoah AS; Hoekstra PT; Casacuberta-Partal M; Coffeng LE; Corstjens PLAM; Greco B; van Lieshout L; Lim MD; Markwalter CF; Odiere MR
2020
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Soluble FcɛRI: A biomarker for IgE-mediated diseases.
Moñino-Romero S; Lexmond WS; Singer J; Bannert C; Amoah AS; Yazdanbakhsh M; Boakye DA; Jensen-Jarolim E; Fiebiger E; Szépfalusi Z
2019
Allergy
Identification of dominant anti-glycan IgE responses in school children by glycan microarray.
Amoah AS; Asuming-Brempong EK; Obeng BB; Versteeg SA; Larbi IA; Aryeetey Y; Platts-Mills TAE; Mari A; Brzezicka K; Gyan BA
2018
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
Parasites and allergy: Observations from Africa.
Mpairwe H; Amoah AS
2018
Parasite immunology
Influence of Parasitic Worm Infections on Allergy Diagnosis in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Amoah AS; Boakye DA; Yazdanbakhsh M; van Ree R
2017
CURRENT ALLERGY AND ASTHMA REPORTS
Urban-rural differences in the gene expression profiles of Ghanaian children.
Amoah AS; Obeng BB; May L; Kruize YC; Larbi IA; Kabesch M; Wilson MD; Hartgers FC; Boakye DA; Yazdanbakhsh M
2014
Genes and immunity
Schistosome infection is negatively associated with mite atopy, but not wheeze and asthma in Ghanaian schoolchildren.
Obeng BB; Amoah AS; Larbi IA; de Souza DK; Uh H-W; Fernández-Rivas M; van Ree R; Rodrigues LC; Boakye DA; Yazdanbakhsh M
2014
Clinical and experimental allergy
Peanut-specific IgE antibodies in asymptomatic Ghanaian children possibly caused by carbohydrate determinant cross-reactivity.
Amoah AS; Obeng BB; Larbi IA; Versteeg SA; Aryeetey Y; Akkerdaas JH; Zuidmeer L; Lidholm J; Fernández-Rivas M; Hartgers FC
2013
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
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