COBREG Conference 2022 Info

Workshops and Special EventsPosted: 22 July, 2022

Pre-Conference Workshops

Translation of Medicinal Plant Research into Commercial Products: how can it be done effectively?

August 23               Time: 10 AM to 2PM

Organized by the Department of Pharmacognosy and Herbal Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Cape Coast.

Facilitator:     Dr. Vivien Rolfe

Head of Herbal Research, Pukka Herbs, UK

Trainers and Resource persons: Dr. Viv Rolfe, Dr. Kwesi Prah Thomford, and Dr. Daniel Anokwah

The workshop is divided into two sessions. The first is an online interaction with Dr. Vivien Rolfe on the design and development of strategies that lead to the translation of medicinal plant research into commercial herbal products. Participants will get to learn from an academic with vast industrial experience in herbal medicine research and commercialization. The second session will involve participants having a hands-on experience in the quality control of herbal medicines. This workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills critical for translating their research projects into commercial ventures.


  1. Lab Coat
  2. Note Books
  3. Laptop

To RSVP for the workshop and further inquiries, contact:

Dr Kwesi Prah Thomford

+233 27 390 0517

Dr. Daniel Anokwah

+233 24 877 5497

Introductory bioinformatic, molecular biology and genetics techniques workshop

August 22 – 23

Organised in conjunction with the Pharmacogenomics and Genomic Medicine Lab, Department of Medical Biochemistry, SMS, UCCTrainers and Resource persons: Dr Nicholas Ekow Thomford Dr Charles Ohenaba Kofi Hagan

The workshop is divided into two sections. The first is an introduction to basic bioinformatics where participants are going to understand and learn some bioinformatics techniques and tools. The second part will involve participants learning molecular biology and genotyping techniques such as DNA extraction, Taqman assays, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction fragment length ploymorphism (RFLP) and genetic data analytical tools. Attending this workshop will present an opportunity to utilise these techniques in their respective research projects.

What is required: Lab coat, note books and lap top. 

To RSVP for the workshop and further inquiries, contact:

Dr Nicholas Ekow Thomford
+233 24 479 7595

Conducting Scoping Reviews: Definition, Purpose, and Procedure

By Dr Jacob Owusu Sarfo

August 23 – 24

Scoping review (or mapping review) is one of the emerging but popular approaches for synthesising health research evidence. This literature review approach helps researchers to synthesise evidence from a broader scope, which incorporates information from journal articles, textbooks, and grey literature sources like protocols, reports and policy documents. Following Arksey and O’Malley’s publication of the first methodological framework on scoping review in 2005, other new approaches have developed over the years. In this training session, I will highlight the definition, purpose, procedures, benefits and challenges of conducting a scoping review. Participants will have the opportunity to work together in groups for a brief hands-on session.

Dr Jacob Owusu Sarfo is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His research interests include health promotion, psychosocial epidemiology, occupational health, and climate change. Aside from teaching and clinical experiences, Jacob has published several peer-reviewed papers and facilitated training workshops for local and international organisations like the A Ban Against Neglect, Ghana Health Service, World Health Organisation (Regional Office for Africa), West African College of Nurses, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Dr Sarfo is a registered professional member (Clinical Psychologist) of the Ghana Psychological Council and a Registered General Nurse by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana.

To RSVP for the workshop and further inquiries, contact:

Dr. Akwasi Anyanful
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Special Event

Visit to Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park

August 27

There is an optional Post conference trip to the Historical Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Park on Saturday 27th August.
Registration for the special event is 70 cedis per person and 60 cedis for students.

You will be able to register for the special event on-site at the registration desk.