Pros-RODAM data collection completed in rural and urban Ghana!

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!

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Prof. Owusu-Dabo Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST

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!

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Prof. Smeeth new Director of LSHT

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

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Prof. Agyemang Scientific Chair of the Global Society

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

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Fulbright Scholarship to visit NIH

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.

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New RODAM website!

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.

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ERC consolidator grant awarded to Prof. Charles Agyemang

Congratulations to Prof. Charles Agyemang who has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project ‘Hypertension susceptibility in African migrants: solving the puzzle through a transcontinental prospective cohort study design’. This is a huge achievement and an important opportunity to move the RODAM study to the next level!

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RODAM in the media

Dr. Charles Agyemang, leading PI of the RODAM study, was interviewed for the New York times and by BBC World Service. RODAM study results are having a global impact! You can read the New York times article here and a fragment of the BBC interview can be listened through this link.

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The world's very first epigenomic study in Africans is a fact thanks to RODAM!

An epigenome-wide association study of anthropometric measures has now been published in the journal Clinical Epigenetics. With that, it's not only the first genomics paper of the RODAM study, but it is also a landmark paper of epigenomic studies in Africans. Never before has an epigenomic study in Africans been published. Click here to view the publication. The paper shows […]

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New RODAM PhD student

In September Felix Chilunga from Malawi will start as PhD student on the RODAM study. He will use RODAM data to the role of epigenetics in cardiovascular risk factors in sub-Saharan African populations in Europe and Africa. Welcome Felix!

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PhD students RODAM

Four RODAM PhD students have submitted or even already successfully defended their PhD theses; Rachel Brathwaite, Raphael Baffour Awuah, Ernest Afrifa-Anane and Karlijn Meeks.Rachel defended her thesis:"Differences in smoking by location of residence, ethnic groups and country of origin: the Ghanaian perspective in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe".Raphael's thesis is entitled:"Psychosocial factros and non-communiable diaseases among […]

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Implications RODAM in lay language on TV

RODAM intends to disseminate the study findings to African populations. Dr. Charles Agyemang was interviewed about the implications of the RODAM study on Majesty TV, a tv channel viewed by the African community. Please click the image to view the program.

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Your health is your wealth

The Ghanaian community in Amsterdam organized an event called "your health is your wealth" wherein the RODAM study was a central theme. About 400 west Africans resident in Amsterdam attended the event. They listened to lectures in which we shared RODAM results and they had the opportunity to have their blood glucose and blood pressure […]

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Pictures RODAM dissemination meeting, Accra
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Final numbers!!

We can announce the final numbers of inclusion for RODAM! We have 946 participants in Rural Ghana, 1619 in Urban Ghana, 1900 in Amsterdam, 662 in Berlin and 1258in Londen. That makes a total of 6385inclusions!! A good end of the year. Happy holidays everyone!

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Transport

For transport of blood samples from Ghana to Europe, dryshippers were used. These carriers cool the samples for a much longer period than ordinary styrofoam boxes would. After data collection was finished several dryshippers were sent to Ghana to transport the remaining samples.

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Last day inclusions

The 30th of September was de official last day of including participants. We have almost reached all our goals in terms of numbers and of course that was something worth celebrating!

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Interim score data collection
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RODAM world cup

The 4 RODAM countries all take part in the World Cup "Futbol"..... starting tonight! Good luck to the teams of Ghana, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. May the best team win!

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Youth rap video

In Amsterdam RODAM is linked to the HELIUS study (www.heliusstudie.nl). In order to get Ghanaian youth interested in participating in the study a rap was made which is currently broadcasted through local Ghanaian media. The video can be watched here.

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RODAM protocol paper published

The RODAM protocol paper named "Rationale and cross-sectional study design of the Research on Obesity and type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants: the RODAM study" is published in BMJ open! Please find the article here:http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2014-004877

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Interim score data collection
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Amsterdam reached the numbers!

A great milestone for RODAM; the Amsterdam site reached the numbers for inclusion!! The goal of 1250 per site was reached in Amsterdam as of today 1261 Amsterdam Ghanaians have participated.

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Successful RODAM dissemination during African Diabetes Congress

The RODAM dissemination group organised a symposium during the second African Diabetes Congress held in Yaoundé, Cameroun which was chaired by Dr. Charles Agyemang. During the symposium preliminary RODAM findings were presented by Prof. Ama de Graft-Aikins and Karlijn Meeks. It was highly attend and very relevant questions were posed. For the first time the […]

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Interim score data collection
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Key leaders community meeting - Amsterdam

On Thursday the 21th of November key leaders of the Ghanaian community were invited at the AMC. Present were among others ambassador Veronica van de Kamp, several pastors, Ghanaian media, and a politician. The RODAM progress was presented followed by a discussion how to reach even more Ghanaian participants. There were good suggestions and we […]

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Interim score data collection
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RODAM meeting at DIfE, Potsdam

Meeting with the steering board in Potsdam. Progress was discussed as well as the way forward.

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Interim score
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Visit to RODAM team Ghana

PhD Students Rachel Brathwaite (London) and Karlijn Meeks (Amsterdam) visited the RODAM team in Kumasi, Ghana.

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Media meeting in Amsterdam

Ghanaian media is actively involved in community sensitization. Tuesday the 3rd of September a meeting was held in Amsterdam with Ghanaian radio and television coordinators to discuss plans for a new period of media attention for RODAM. The focus of the media will shift from sharing information on the project itself towards sharing information on […]

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Data collection rural Ghana complete!

Significant achievement for the RODAM project; data collection in rural Ghana is completed! Congratulations to the Ghanaian team. 1269 participants have been sampled of which 1057 are complete.

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Community sensitization in churches

Dr. Charles Agyemang, Linda Boateng and Karlijn Meeks visited the Church of Pentecost in Amsterdam South-East to encourage the Ghanaian community to participate in RODAM. Emphasis was put on nutrition by sharing information on healthy diet.

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SICA meeting

The four SICA projects had a fruitful meeting Friday the 24th of May at the Imperial College in Londen. For more information on the SICA projects see 'Related projects' on this website. All four projects presented an brief summary of their rationale followed by a detailed technical report regarding the progress so far and the […]

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Training interviewers for 24hr recall

Nutrition is a big part of the RODAM project, which is led by the team in Berlin. All participants of RODAM fill in a Ghana Specific Food Frequency Questionnaire. This is a questionnaire asking the average frequency of consumption for a list of food items. In order to validate the Food Frequency Questionnaire, 24hr recalls […]

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Training Berlin team in Amsterdam

Berlin is expecting to start data collection in about two weeks. A first selection of 245 Ghanaians resident in Berlin have received an invitation letter for RODAM. In preparation for the physical examinations the Berlin RODAM coordinator and research nurse came to Amsterdam for training. The research location in Amsterdam was shown and a participant […]

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Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins explains about RODAM in her interview with The Guardian

Click the photo to read the article in The Guardian.

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Poster dissemination Amsterdam

The Amsterdam group has started disseminating posters with information about healthy nutrition especially designed for Ghanaians. The posters are send to the home address of RODAM participants who have completed the food questionnaire. The posters are accompanied by a letter providing information on cardiovascular disease and its causes, with a focus on obesity and type […]

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RODAM meeting London

At the the start of the new year, on the 11th of January, a meeting was held with RODAM's steering committee and the advisory board. The meetng was held in Londen, in the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Below is a photo of the participants who attended this meeting.

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RODAM meeting Amsterdam

At the 2nd and 3rd of February a meeting was held with the RODAM steering committee in the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) in Amsterdam. The overall aims of this kick-off meeting were to become acquainted with each other, to get the RODAM project started, and to reach an agreement on the structure & contents of […]

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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.