Dr. Abdul Nashirudeen Mumuni Receives the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Medical Physics

Dr. Abdul Nashirudeen Mumuni has emerged the winner of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Award in Medical Physics for the year 2017. Dr. Mumuni is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences of the University for Development Studies (Tamale Campus).

He holds a BSc (Hons. I) in Applied Physics with Environmental Science from the UDS, an MSc (with Commendation) in Medical Physics Computing from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and a PhD in Clinical Physics, specializing in Neuroimaging and Psychological Medicine from the University of Glasgow, UK. His research interest is in the area of Diagnostic Imaging (focusing on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Spectroscopy (MRS) of the human brain).

The Award was presented to him during the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Prague, Czech Republic in June 2018. The Award included a cash prize of 1000 Euro, an IUPAP medal and the IOMP certificate. In addition, a short Biography of him was published in Medical Physics World.

A citation accompanying the Award recognized Dr. Mumuni’s contribution to the advancement of quantitative magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques in studies of brain metabolism through his research work.

About the IUPAP Young Scientist Award 

This award was established and funded by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and awarded by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) as the IUPAP affiliated International Commission for Medical Physics.

Source: University Relations

UDS Glows at 9th All Africa University Games

A contingent of athletes and officials led by the Registrar of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Dr. A.B.T Zakariah made a triumphant entry into Makelle, Ethiopia for the 9th edition of the All Africa University Games.

The Games which were held from Sunday 1st - Friday 6th July, 2018 at the main campus of the Mekelle University was organized by the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) in conjunction with Mekelle University.

The Participants who were drawn from thirty-seven (37) Universities spread across sixteen (16) African Countries, competed for laurels in ten (10) sporting events including athletics, badminton, table tennis, volleyball and handball.

On arrival, the victorious Athletics Team (Team UDS), led by the Registrar paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. G. A Teye in his office at the Tamale Campus of UDS where they presented some trophies and a plaque to the VC.

Briefing management, the Director of Sports, Mr. Ibrahim Tanko, indicated that the UDS Athletics Team put up a sterling performance to win seven (7) gold, four (4) silver and three (3) bronze medals in the athletics competition, culminating in an overall performance of 4th place (ahead of the University of Ghana and other prominent Universities in Africa) and 2nd place in athletics.

Dr. A.B.T. Zakariah, the leader of the Delegation expressed satisfaction with the performance of the team, noting that “the Team’s performance was one of the few occasions that UDS was put so much in the spotlight.” He hinted that the games also afforded the opportunity for the University to discuss a possible collaboration to mount a Master of Science in Sports programme.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof, G.A. Teye praised the team for making UDS proud and assured them of management’s support in their endeavours. He also admonished them to take their studies seriously, as being sports men and women was not an excuse for poor academic performance.

Source: University Relations

Mexican Embassy Collaborates with UDS

The University for Development Studies (UDS) is to collaborate with the Mexican Embassy in Ghana to implement a pilot project on Nixtamalization technology in Northern Ghana. The technology is an ancient Mexican technology for processing white corn, which significantly reduces levels of aflatoxins. The project thus has the potential of reducing public health and food security challenges associated with the consumption of corn and improving economic growth. An MoU was signed between the between the two parties at the UDS Office in Accra, after which a four delegation from the Embassy paid a working visit to UDS-Tamale Campus to introduce the project concept to the Vice Chancellor of UDS.

The four member delegation which was led by the Deputy Head of Mission with Mexican Embassy, Marcos Moreno included Executive Director of the Business Council of the Corn Industry and its Derivatives, Greta SibilaVillaseñor Flores, Researcher at the National Research Institute in Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock (INIFAP), Eng. Alberto Trujillo Campos and an Expert in Nixtamalization mill machinery, Oscar Valverde Urzúa. The leader for the delegation, Macros Moreno stated the choice of UDS for the collaboration was a strategic decision and in line with the aims of the projects, which is to empower women and to help deal with the problem of malnutrition in rural communities. He believed the project equally had the potential to strengthen educational relations between Ghana and Mexico.

The Vice Chancellor of UDS, Professor Gabriel Ayum-Teye mentioned that the introduction of the technology would be relevant to Northern Ghana, as maize is the staple food of the North. He added the knowledge of the technology would also be beneficial to students studying food processing related courses in UDS. Professor Ayum-Teye said UDS being a Development-focused University is ready to support any project that will eventually lead to rural economic empowerment.

The project is to be coordinated by Dr. James Owusu-Kwarteng of the Department of Applied Biology, UDS.