03 Apr Emmanuel Ankamah
Dr. Emmanuel Ankamah is a postgraduate research student with the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is currently working on the Floater Intervention Study (FLIES), which is designed to investigate the impact of supplementation with a novel nutrient formulation on visual disturbance resulting from vitreous floaters, using a robust randomized placebo-controlled trial. Prior to starting his PhD, he was a practicing Optometrist in Ghana as the resident optometrist at Friends Eye Center (a specialist eye clinic and partner of Unite for Sight, USA,).
Dr. Ankamah counts himself fortunate to have worked closely with Faculty as they embarked on research projects, while pursuing a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree at the Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. This inspired him to consider the prospects of a career in teaching and research. As a result, he accepted an invitation to serve as a Teaching and Research Assistant (TA) in the Department of Optometry, KNUST, after graduating with distinction in 2015.This position offered him more opportunity to work closely with faculty on different areas of vision research and develop the requisite skills for a research career in this field.
Dr. Ankamah aspires to develop a research career in vision science with special interests in vitreoretinal diseases, ocular nutrition, cognitive function and visual function. He also aspires to become a consultant in vision science where he can contribute to eye care and research policies, support clinical trials, and spearhead eye care projects aimed at preventing blindness within the sub-Saharan region.