Ms. Helena Baidoo

Ms. Helena Baidoo
Research Development Officer

Ms. Helena Baidoo is a Research Development Officer in charge of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) administration at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). She holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Zoology and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Parasitology (Molecular Parasitology) from the University of Ghana, Legon.  

Her career at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) started as a Research Assistant during her National Service at the Nutrition Unit where she worked on vitamin A and beta-carotene analysis of blood samples. Thereafter she moved to the Parasitology Department where she was actively involved in studies involving lymphatic filariasis. Winning WHO/TDR grant, she conducted research for her master’s programme which focused on “Characterization of cattle filarial parasite morphologically similar to Wuchereria bancrofit. Around that same period she also developed a PCR-based method for monitoring and evaluating lymphatic filariasis control programmes”, a pioneering work which provided baseline data on the disease in the country. She was also part of a team which worked on the effect of mass chemotherapy of albendazole and ivermectin on Wuchereria bancrofti infection in humans and mosquitoes for over a 5 year period.

With her current job as the IRB Administrator and Coordinator for the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) for NMIMR, she plays a leading as well as advisory role in the review of scientific research proposals involving human participants within Noguchi and faculties within the University of Ghana. In discharging her duties she previews the proposals to ensure that they meet scientific and ethical requirement of the board. In the field of ethics she has been exposed extensively to both local and international programmes aimed at building solid foundation in the field. Notable among them are the first ever one month summer training programme organized by the Johns Hopkins Fogarty Bioethics Training Program for Africans in 2004 and recently a 3-month IRB Internship Programme held in September, 2014 at the Department of Bioethics of the National Institute of Health Bethesda, Maryland with sponsorship from University of Bergen.

Helena has also in recent times facilitated the formation of the Ethics Review Committee for the Humanities (ECH) of the University of Ghana and provided training to some of the currently existing ethics committees members and administrators in the country.

In 2014, she initiated and facilitated the formation of the Ghana Association of Administrators of Research Ethics Committee (GHAAREC).