On Wednesday 8th September 2021, 16h00 CET, Felix Chilunga will publicly defend his PhD thesis entitled Beyond the traditional risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases among transitioning African populations: An investigation into novel epidemiological and epigenetic factors - including several papers analysing data from the RODAM study. Good luck with your defence, Felix!

Eva van der Linden, Pros-RODAM PhD student, has received Fulbright Scholarship to visit National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA)! She will visit the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health to learn more about (epi-) genetic analysis in the context of migration and global health. During a special award ceremony at the US Embassy in Wassenaar, she received this prestigious grant.

This week, Felix Chilunga and team published their results in The Lancet Healthy Longevity comparing the epigenetic age of RODAM participants living in Ghana and Europe, and showed that the cells of European Ghanaians were ageing less rapidly than in the home-based Ghanaians. This interesting finding and its implications are discussed on the website of Amsterdam UMC and in a commentary in The Lancet Healthy Longevity.

Hurray, the data collection for the RODAM follow-up have been completed in the study sites in rural and urban Ghana. Huge thanks to our team in Ghana for all the hard work that has been put in to making the RODAM follow-up data collection a success. Bravo!

Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, RODAM study partner, has been appointed as a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. The RODAM team congratulates him on this new position!

Prof. Liam Smeeth, RODAM study partner,  has been appointed as a Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Congratulations on this achievement!

Prof. Charles Agyemang has been appointed as a Scientific Chair for Global Society of Migration, Ethnicity, Race & Health

The RODAM website has been updated, including a new lay-out and information on the follow-up data collection, that is currently in its final stages.

The RODAM study was supported by the European Commission under the Framework Programme (Grant Number: 278901), 
 the European Research Council (Grant Number: 772244) and the Amsterdam UMC.